Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had one of the sickest stiff arms during his high school years. However, for most of last season, fans didn’t have the opportunity to see that stiff arm thanks to a wrist injury that rendered one of his hands utterly useless.
Well, good news Buckeye fans: It’s back.
According to ESPN, the Heisman hopeful is excited to be able to show what he can do with two fully functional hands. It’s not like Elliott wasn’t already pretty dangerous with just one hand in 2014. Now, he’s going to be even more dangerous.
“I wouldn’t say it was difficult [a year ago], I just had to develop my game a little bit differently, had to find different, creative ways so I could break tackles and fight for extra yards,” Elliott said. “I mean, have you ever tried to do something with one hand? You know, imagine playing basketball with one hand. You would have to figure out different ways to do different things.”
Elliott came on strong in the postseason for the Buckeyes, rushing for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns in the Big Ten Championship Game, Sugar Bowl and National Championship Game. He hopes that he is able replicate the Heisman Trophy pose throughout the season and bring the award to Columbus for the first time since Troy Smith in 2006.
“It’s really good,” running backs coach Tony Alford said. “I just think he throws at targets. He’s not just laying a hand out there. He does a good job of using his off arm, and obviously he couldn’t last year with the wrist and whatnot. But he does a nice job of using that off arm as a weapon.
“As far as his forearms, stiff arms, straight arms, getting guys off of his body and hitting them in the right places to get their head turned, he’s skilled at it.”
The Buckeyes open the season on Sept. 7 when they go on the road to play Virginia Tech.
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