SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde was interviewed Saturday afternoon by Bay Area reporters outside of the 49ers’ locker room. Here is a transcript.
Q: Are you excited to put the pads on today?
HYDE: Yeah, I’m pretty excited. It has been a while since I’ve had the pads on. Well, I take that back. I just had the pads on when the rookies had to report. I had the pads on for a little bit.
Q: How do you describe your running style?
HYDE: I say I’m a hard-nosed runner. I’m a guy who runs with a lot of passion. I refuse to go down.
ME: What do you think of the 49ers’ offensive system so far? Is it a lot different from what you did in college and does it suit your running style?
HYDE: It’s way different from what I did in college – I was in the spread. But yeah, I think I’ll definitely do good in this offense. I feel my running style can fit in any offense.
Q: How comfortable are you in blitz pickup?
HYDE: I’m actually becoming more comfortable. The more I go over it, the more comfortable I get when I go out to practice and try to execute. It’s becoming natural to me. When we got out there I’m able to play fast because I study. I watch film every day.
Q: Is it a lot more complicated as far as what they asked you to do in pass protection at Ohio State?
HYDE: Not at all. Certain protections I have a dual read. Same thing I had at Ohio State – I had a dual read certain protections. It’s easy, though. If you try to make it more than what it is, that’s when it gets kind of confusing and kind of hard.
Q: Do you learn from Frank Gore?
HYDE: Definitely. I actually sit behind Coach Rathman, so I’m able to whisper in his ear and ask him about protections – what’s going on here and why Frank did what he did. I’m always in Coach Rathman’s ear asking questions.
Q: With Kendall Hunter going down, is there any more of a sense of urgency for you?
HYDE: It’s sad to see Kendall go down. That was another guy I was looking up to, watching him at practice, how he carried himself at practice and how he executed at practice. But I’m going to continue to do what Coach asks me to do, come to practice every day and give it my best.
Q: Did you guys talk about Hunter’s injury in the running back room this morning?
HYDE: No, we haven’t talked about that at all.
Q: What makes Chris Borland good?
HYDE: He’s a really good player. He’s a slippery guy. He’s quick. He might not have the 40 speed, but he makes up for it when it’s game time. He’s a great player. He’s a hard guy to block. He makes plays, which is good.
Q: When do you know when to use your power?
HYDE: That comes with watching film, watching film on your opponent. In practice right now, you don’t get too many chances where you get to run somebody over. But game time, you’re watching film on your opponent – seeing how they tackle.