Ohio State Overview: Ezekiel Elliott, although just a sophomore, is among a handful of running backs, including three upperclassmen, who are competing to replace Carlos Hyde in Ohio State's starting backfield ... Elliott is coming off a fine freshman campaign in 2013 when he saw backfield action in nine games and played in 11 ... he carried the football 30 times for 262 yards and an impressive 8.7 yards per carry average ... most of his work as a rusher came in the Florida A&M game when he rushed 14 times for 162 yards in a little more than one quarter and scored twice: off runs of 16 and 13 yards ... he also had a rush of 57 yards in the game ... Elliott also had three receptions for 23 yards and one score last season, with all of those stats coming in the Purdue game ... he is an OSU Scholar-Athlete undecided on a major.
More on Ezekiel: Elliott was a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and one of the Top 100 prospects nationally with overall rankings of No. 47 by Scout, No. 70 by 247Sports, No. 84 by Rivals and No. 109 by ESPN ... also ranked fourth, ninth, 11th and 12th among running backs by 247Sports, Scout, ESPN and Rivals, respectively ... named to the U.S. Army All-American game ... the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offensive player of the year in 2012, Elliott put up huge statistics with 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 touchdowns, including 2,155 rush yards and 40 rushing touchdowns for the 13-1 Class 3 state runner-up ... also had 16 receptions for 383 yards ... rushed for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 401 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... Burroughs, coached by Gus Frerotte, was state runner-up three consecutive years during Elliott's career ... Elliott's father, Stacy, and mother, Dawn, were each student-athletes at and are graduates of the University of Missouri with Stacy a football player and Dawn a member of the track and field team ... Elliott capped his high school career by winning four state championships at the Missouri Class 3 state championships in 2-1/2 hours (in the 100-meter dash, 200, 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles).