Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had a huge game against the Indiana Hoosiers last week. He was the main reason why the Buckeyes were able to escape Bloomington with the 34-27 win and he is getting recognized for it.
According to the Football Writers Association of America, Elliott was named the AutoNation National Player of the Week. This comes after he rushed for a career-high 274 yards and three touchdowns.
Most of those yards, and all three of his scores, came on three big runs that equaled 195 yards in the second half. Elliott had three separate runs of 55, 65, and 75 yards in the second half that helped his team pull out the win and remain undefeated.
“I think we were definitely overdue for a game like this,” Elliott told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The offensive line and I have been feeling that way for the past couple of games. It finally happened at a good time.”
If the Buckeyes want to stay in contention for both the Big Ten and a chance to repeat as national champions, Elliott is going to have to continue to play like this. Performances like this will also be necessary if Elliott wants to win the Heisman Trophy this year.
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