Urban Meyer says Ezekiel Elliott is best player he’s coached ‘without the ball in his hand’

Urban Meyer just gave some key praise to his former running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is currently in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Per a tweet from Will Brinson of CBS Sports, Meyer said that Elliott is the best player he’s coached “without the ball in his hand.”

Urban Meyer just said Zeke Elliott is the “best player I’ve ever coached without the ball in his hand. Think about that for a minute.”

— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 27, 2016

In dissecting Meyer’s words, it’s sounding like he’s calling Elliott an excellent leader. That’s an intangible quality that can’t be measured at the Combine, so it’s pretty significant praise from the future Hall of Fame coach.

Think about it. All too often, on a football team, the team leader (at least on offense) is the quarterback, and Elliott is the running back. In terms of positional food chain, that’s not exactly at the top.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that throughout his entire college career, Elliott proved to be one with an excellent head on his shoulders who could put the team on his back whenever necessary. On the NFL level, that’s only going to make him a better player.

Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from Elliott’s path to the NFL!

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