The Ohio State Buckeyes are fresh off of a national championship and are preparing for their title defense. One of the team’s biggest superstars on the offensive side of the football is running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is one of the best at that position in the nation. There aren’t many players that are even close to his caliber and he is without question going to be one of the most dynamic players in the nation.
Last season with the Buckeyes, Elliott ended up carrying the football 273 times for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. In case you don’t want to do the math, those numbers round out to being an impressive 6.9 yards per carry.
As the 2015 season continues to close in, Elliott’s hopes for an even more massive season continue to rise. Urban Meyer is going to be using his star running back a lot more this season and it wouldn’t be too out of the question to expect his numbers to rise.
If that does happen, there are going to be some records that he approaches fairly quickly.
What five reasons can be given to support the statement that Elliot will win the Heisman Trophy in 2015?
5. The All-Around Dominance of the Ohio State Offense
There are some running backs that are certainly capable of winning the Heisman, but aren’t able to do it because they are the only weapon that the offense has to use. Ohio State is going to have either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones under center with plenty of weapons through the air to work with, which will open up the ground game for Elliott. That alone is going to help him improve his numbers and take his game to a completely new level.
4. Elliott’s All-Around Game
Elliott is one of the few running backs in the nation that projects to be an NFL superstar workhorse back. He has the deadly combination of size and speed that has made many professional running backs great and that alone will give opposing defenses a nightmare.
This point may seem obvious, but is one that still has to be made.
3. Ohio State’s Talented Offensive Line
Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of the Buckeyes is their offensive line. They are big and extremely talented and were a huge part of Elliott’s success last season. That will be the case again this year, as they will open up the type of holes and creases that Elliott needs to get free against the talented Big Ten defensive lines.
2. Increase in Usage
Meyer handed Elliott the football a lot last season, but that will not compare to the type of work that he is given during the 2015 season. He is going to be asked to shoulder an even heavier load than he did last season, which will give him every opportunity to take his numbers to a new level. It isn’t a question of whether he will improve his stat line, it is how much he will improve it.
1. The Lure of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ Team Success
No player is going to win the Heisman Trophy with a team that has a losing record which gives Elliott the advantage over some of the other players around the nation. Ohio State is going to be a championship contender once again and that will play a big part in Elliott’s Heisman status.
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