Elliott voted FWAA Offensive Player of the Week
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott earned himself another accolade for his dominant week.
The junior was named the AutoNation Offensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America. Elliott ripped off a career-high 274 yards on 23 carries in the Buckeyes’ 34-27 victory against Indiana on Saturday.
Elliott had touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards to help Ohio State fend off Indiana’s upset bid. He became the first player in the last 10 years to score three times from 50-plus yards in one half.
The 11.9 yards per carry were an Ohio State record and the 274 yards were tied for second most by a Buckeye in a single game in program history. His 243 second-half yards were a school record, which gave him a program-best fourth 200th yard game.
The performance vaulted Elliott into third in the Heisman Trophy odds, behind only LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Baylor quarterback Seth Russell.
Elliott is currently fifth in the country and first in the B1G in rushing with 729 yards. He’ll look to continue his streak of 10 straight 100-yard games when the Buckeyes host Maryland on Saturday.
As part of AutoNation’s history of charitable involvement, AutoNation will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in Elliott’s name. This charitable college football initiative culminates with the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a new post-season NCAA football game that kicks off bowl season at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., and will be aired by CBS Sports Network. The aptly named AutoNation Cure Bowl also serves as a fund raiser for the BCRF, CharityWatch’s only A+ rated breast cancer organization in the country.