A couple of days after a minor off-field dustup, Ezekiel Elliott faced the media music for the first time as Ohio State prepares for its New Year’s Day date with Notre Dame.
Sunday, the OSU running back was hit with three citations by Columbus police following what was described as a minor car accident as he rushed to get his bags on the team bus. One of those citations was for a suspended license, a fact of which Elliott claimed he was unaware.
“First and foremost, I wasn’t aware that my license was suspended,” the back said. “And I’m doing everything I can now — well, my dad is doing everything he can — to get that handled and to get my license back in good standing.”
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Elliott was cited in May of this year for speeding. Because he failed pay for the ticket, his license was suspended.
Another citation was for driving without a license — Elliott claimed he lost his wallet — while the third was for failure to control.
“The weather was just terrible and I hydroplaned, lost control of my car and it was a bad situation,” said Elliott. “I lost my wallet. I didn’t have my license with me, but I had my passport on me. I still had photo ID, I just didn’t have my license on me.”
Not surprisingly, the accident and citations won’t lead to Elliott missing any playing time against the Irish. Even as some feel Elliott should sit for a quarter or maybe a half, Elliott stated he never thought the incident would have an impact on his status for the Fiesta Bowl Friday afternoon.
Elliott, sixth in the country in rushing yards per game, announced shortly after the loss to Michigan State that this will be his last season as a Buckeye as he will make himself available for the 2016 NFL draft next April.