Ezekiel Elliott isn’t focused on Heisman race

The countdown to the Heisman Trophy ceremony is moving at a rapid pace, but Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott isn’t thinking about it despite being a strong contender.

Together with Alabama’s Derrick Henry and LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Elliott rounds out a talented group of running backs this season, with this trio being the top three FBS leaders in rushing yards for 2015.

Elliott recently met with reporters and one asked if he ever thought about winning the coveted prize.

Elliott’s answer, reported on Twitter by Tim Shoemaker of Eleven Warriors, was epic.

Reporter: "Do you ever think about the Heisman?"

Ezekiel Elliott: "I think about winning Big Ten championships."

— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) November 18, 2015

Elliott’s head is in the right place. Ohio State has two important games left in the regular season, against Michigan State and hated rival Michigan, and then a likely Big Ten Championship Game matchup against Iowa, assuming the team beats the Spartans and Wolverines. At this point in the season, any and all awards are an afterthought and Elliott needs to be focused on having great games on the ground so that he can give his team a shot at repeating as national champions.

Thus, until the regular season is over, the Heisman is just going to have to wait.

Kickoff between Ohio State and Michigan State is slated for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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