Chris Carson getting injured his senior year was the best thing to ever happen to him. He came back from injury a totally different back. I’m just going off the eye test. He was fantastic down the stretch and the duo of Hill and Carson was amazing. I don’t know what happened to change his mindset but I truly believe he’s in the NFL because he got hurt.
I agree with this entirely.
It bugs me when people make snide remarks about Gundy/Yurcich not properly using Carson. They used him fine. He was just bad. Then all of a sudden he was really good. Not sure what switch flipped, but I’m glad it did.
Same for Tyreek, by the way. He wasn’t mis-used or under-used. He just wasn’t all that good. And the atrocious o-line play didn’t help. In 2015, Hill did not lead his Division II team in rushing or receiving. Guys figure things out when they figure things out.
The switch flipped when he stopped trying to jump over people and started truck-sticking any poor soul who got in his way. For the years he was at OSU he was my favorite offensive player regardless of his production. I love his story, his drive, and how he made something of himself.
What I remember is he had a plan to go pro before he got to oSu. As Gundy says football was important to him. I think his struggles were the adjustment to D1 ball and the injury was a reminder that his plan wasn’t guaranteed. He came back with a vengeance and has continued to work hard to achieve his goals.
I said from the beginning he would be a better pro than how he was used in Stillwater. He joins the list of T Hill, Johnson, Moncrief, and Lacy off the top of my head that were criminally underused while in Stillwater…
That list makes me sad.
He was willing to change his style of running and that’s what made the difference. I forgot where I read this, but IIRC his teammates challenged him to run like a power back instead of trying to be so shifty and run left and right.