While most of the off-season buzz surrounding the Ohio State Buckeyes swirls around the quarterback position, arguably the team’s most important player, running back Ezekiel Elliott, has undergone his second surgery on his left wrist.
Elliott tweeted the news out to his followers and raises a major concern to Buckeyes fans that their star tailback may not be able to practice for most of spring camp. Ohio State failed to comment on the specifics regarding the injury; Elliott had the first surgery in August and did not miss any game time.
During his sophomore campaign, Elliott burst onto the national scene rushing for 1,878 and 18 touchdowns. Still, Elliott saved his best for last when he ran for a National Championship record 246 yards and four touchdowns on the ground earning him the College Football Playoff MVP. Over the course of the final three games, Elliott totaled 696 yards and eight touchdowns against some of the top defenses in all of college football.
Although the injury may not be a major concern to many, it’s certainly something football fans should look out for as the Buckeyes attempt to repeat as National Champions. Whoever does win the starting quarterback job will rely heavily on the success of Elliott’s legs, and if for some reason he is unable to return to full health, it would be a major hit to the team’s success.
Either way, coach Urban Meyer has made it very clear he can replace nearly any player on the roster if needed. It’s still February, which means Elliott will have plenty of time to recover, so Buckeyes fans shouldn’t worry just yet.
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