Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was cited for three violations following his involvement in a minor car accident Sunday, but that will not affect his status for Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl matchup with Notre Dame this week.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Elliott was cited for driving under suspension, driving without a license and failure to control. The accident occurred in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday. Columbus police labeled him as the “at-fault driver.” and he was released following the citation. The report from the Columbus paper also said an Ohio State spokesperson said the incident will have no impact on Elliott’s status for the Fiesta Bowl.
Elliott said he lost control of the car after hitting a puddle in the road. It is not yet reported how fast Elliott was driving. Elliott is scheduled to appear in court on January 26.
Naturally, there will likely be some criticizing Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer for that decision. Earlier in the season, Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett was suspended by Meyer for one game following a misdemeanor offense for operating a vehicle while impaired. Elliott was not charged for any offenses related to drugs or alcohol, and the story suggests this really was a simple accident, but Elliott was driving under a suspension. That would arguably be worthy of some degree of punishment, even if just as light as missing one series or quarter.
The bulk of the college football award season may be behind us, but the key All-American teams continue to be released in the coming days before the NCAA assembles this year’s list of consensus All-Americans. The Associated Press released its All-American list on Sunday. On Monday it was time for the Football Writers Association of American to release its annual list of All-Americans. Heisman Trophy winning running back from Alabama Derrick Henry was an easy pick for first team honors, as were fellow finalists Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford. McCaffrey did not make the cut at running back, but was given first team honors as a kick returner.
Joining Henrey as first team All-American running backs are Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Leonard Fournette of LSU. Fournette and Henry each earned first-team honors from the AP as well, while Cook made the second team cut.
First Team Offense
- QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
- RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
- RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
- RB Derrick Henry, Alabama
- WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
- WR Josh Doctson, TCU
- OL Spencer Drango, Baylor
- OL Joshua Garnett, Stanford
- OL Jason Springs, Indiana
- OL Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
- C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
First Team Defense
- DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
- DL Shaq Lawson, Clemson
- DL Carl Nassib, Penn State
- DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
- LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple
- LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
- LB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
- DB Jeremy Cash, Duke
- DB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
- DB Desmond King, Iowa
- DB Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois
First Team Special Teams
- K Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA
- P Tom Hackett, Utah
- KR Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
- PR William Likely, Maryland
Second Team All-America Team
Offense: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State; RB Royce Freeman, Oregon; WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame; WR Roger Lewis, Bowling Green; WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC; OL Jack Conklin, Michigan State; OL Taylor Decker, Ohio State; OL Tyler Johnstone, Oregon; OL Landon Turner, North Carolina; C Jack Allen, Michigan State. Defense: DL Andrew Billings, Baylor; DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon; DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; DL; Sheldon Day, Notre Dame; LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri; LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma; DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama; DB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State; DB Darian Thompson, Boise State. Specialists: K Jaden Oberkrom, TCU; P Michael Carrizosa, San José State; KR Evan Berry, Tennessee; PR Cameron Sutton, Tennessee.
While Alabama running back Derrick Henry was busy making room on his mantle for a plethora of awards Thursday night, including two player of the year awards (Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year) and the Doak Walker Award (best running back), Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will be making room for a Big Ten honor. Elliott was named this year’s winner of the Silver Football, presented to the Big Ten’s best player by The Chicago Tribune.
The vote for the award is determined by ballots submitted by each head coach of a Big Ten football program. This year’s vote included 13 ballots, as Kyle Flood did not submit a vote after being fired by Rutgers. Elliott received eight first-place votes from the Big Ten coaches. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook received three first-place votes and four second-place votes to finish in second place. Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard received a pair of first-place votes and finished in third.
Other players receiving votes for the Silver Football included Penn State defensive lineman Carl Nassib, Iowa defensive back Desmond King, Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa, Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry, Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock and Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert.
The Chicago Tribune has handed out a Silver Football every season since 1924. Elliott is the 18th player from Ohio State to win the award, which breaks a tie with Michigan for the most all-time Silver Football winners. Iowa is the only other program to have double-digit winners (10). Elliott is the second Ohio State player to win the award in the last four years, joining two-time Silver Football winner Braxton Miller (2012, 2013).
Alabama running back Derrick Henry continues to be the top favorite to win the Heisman Trophy according to the latest odds released by Bovada, but Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is gaining momentum as the season draws to a close. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and LSU’s Leonard Fournette have seen their betting odds become less favorable in the past week as well.
Henry is currently listed as a 2/5 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, becoming Alabama’s second Heisman Trophy winner in program history (Mark Ingram was the first). Last week, Henry’s odds were listed at 2/3. Watson has closed the gap, moving from 7/1 down to 3/1. Elliott and Fournette each slipped from 9/2 down to 14/1. Stanford’s Christain McCaffrey held steady at 50/1 from last week, but Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman stumbled from 25/1 odds to 66/1 odds.
Per Bovada, three new players are now officially on the board as well. The most notable newcomer to the Heisman odds is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been given a 14/1 chance of winning the Heisman Trophy. Mayfield has surged on the scene in recent weeks, thanks in large part to Oklahoma’s road win at Baylor and last week’s win over TCU. Mayfield gets one final showcase game this week against Oklahoma State with the Big 12 championship, and a possible playoff spot, on the line.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has also been recognized by the oddsmakers. Reynolds is listed with a 25/1 shot to win the Heisman Trophy. No player from Navy has won the Heisman Trophy since Roger Staubach in 1963. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook is also listed at 50/1 by Bovada.
With rivalry games and conference championships on the line in the next two weekends, it is time for some signature Heisman moments to determine who will end the season posing with the most famous individual award trophy in sports.
Following Ohio State’s tough loss at home to Michigan State on Saturday, running back Ezekiel Elliott went off script with his comments and let his frustrations with the Ohio State playcalling take over. The fire from Ohio State’s best offensive player was fair, especially in hindsight, but it did not go over well with some. On Monday, Elliott apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him in the aftermath.
“I am sorry for all those offended by my statements made by me Saturday after OUR loss,” Elliott said in a note on his Twitter account. “I was caught up in emotions. I hope everyone can understand how strongly I love this team and this university and how much I wanted to win that game but I do not regret anything I said.”
Elliott went on to say his decision to turn pro was made earlier this season as well.
“I am not leaving after this season because we lost that game. I could have told you a month ago that was going to be my last game in the Shoe,” Elliott said. You can read his full statement below.