In 2011, Iowa Hawkeye cornerback Micah Hyde found himself fifth on the team in tackles, making exciting plays, and emerging as a team leader. Hyde was even considering foregoing his senior season at Iowa and entering the NFL draft. In 2012, Hyde was named to the leadership group and was elected as a team captain. Through the first five weeks of the season, Hyde is fourth on the team in tackles with 33 and has three tackles for loss with zero interceptions.
This past weekend the Hawkeyes were on idle and with a young team, the captains needed to keep the team out of trouble as the team was given the weekend off. Hyde did exactly the opposite. Early Saturday morning Micah Hyde was arrested for public intoxication and interference with an official in downtown Iowa City. If Hyde’s draft stock didn’t already drop throughout the first five weeks, it sure did during the Hawkeye bye week.
Earlier today Hyde pleaded guilty to the charge of interfering with an official and will pay a $397.50 fine. He pleaded not guilty to the public intoxication charge and is set to be in court on December 27th, at 9am.
The depth chart for this weekend’s game against Michigan State was also released today and Hyde was listed as the starting cornerback. My guess his Hyde will serve his punishment internally and will likely no longer be a captain of the team. Going into this season, I had Hyde as an early to mid-round selection, but with his on and off the field struggles, Hyde is looking at a late round selection. He definitely needs to make those exciting ball hawking type plays like he did last year to impress NFL scouts.