Size: 6-2, 330
Year: RS Freshman
High School: Lamar High School (Tex.)
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Ranked a two-star prospect by Scout.com, and a first-team All-District selection as a junior and senior, Hyder chose SMU over an offer from UTEP and interest from Houston, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. For Hyder, it was all SMU from beginning to end. The center developed a close relationship with the old coaching staff and fell in love with the program and campus once he visited.
Hyder redshirted his freshman season and had off-season to repair a labrum (shoulder) injury. Hyder sat out the entire spring and will now give it a shot in the fall to contribute along an offensive line that was brutal in 2015. Hyder's size would have helped as guards like Daniel McCarty, Evan Brown and others struggled.
Considering all of the struggles the offensive line has had the past year or so, Hyder will likely be thrown into the rotation at center. Depending on Evan Brown’s health, and what the coaching staff decides to do with Taylor Lasecki, Hyder could be the Mustangs’ starting center at some point this season.
Outlook in 2015
Hyder, who moves fairly well for his size, would immediately strengthen the offensive line’s pass protection. There still are some concerns with Hyder’s weight and whether or not he’d be able to maintain a high level of performance throughout an entire game. Summer 2015 is a crucial for Hyder. Even if he is still recovering from his surgery, Hyder must take advantage of SMU’s new strength and conditioning program as much as he can so that he’s as prepared as he can be for camp and the upcoming season.
In the end, expect Hyder, as long as he’s healthy, to see a good dose of playing time in 2015. It’ll be up to Hyder, however, to prove that he can win the starting center job and maintain a high level of performance of the course of an entire season.