Ezekiel Elliott earns Chicago Tribune's B1G Most Valuable Player honor
Ezekiel Elliott might’ve been snubbed on a national stage, but to those that saw him play every week, one thing was clear.
He was the best B1G player there was in 2015.
That’s why Elliott picked up the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football Award, which is given annually to the publication’s B1G MVP. Elliott beat out Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook and Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard by receiving all 13 first-place votes from B1G coaches (one school didn’t vote).
Elliott became the third Buckeye in the last four years to take home the award (Braxton Miller 2012, 2013).
In Teddy Greenstein’s feature on the junior tailback, he talked about bouncing back from the Michigan State loss and how he wanted to end 2015 on a high note. Barring a change of heart, the Fiesta Bowl will be the last time Elliott suits up for the Buckeyes.
By any metric, Elliott will go down as one of the program’s all-time greats. He’s second to only Archie Griffin on the school’s career rushing list, and he tied Eddie George with five games of 200-plus rushing yards.
This year, Elliott led the B1G in rushing with 1,672 yards and was second in touchdowns. The Michigan State game was the only in which he failed to reach the 100-yard mark.
His dominance earned him B1G Offensive Player of the Year honors from the conference and second-team All-American honors from USA Today.
Before Elliott takes his talents to the next level, he’ll look to lead the Buckeyes one more time when they take on Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day.