“From the Dorm Room to the Green Room” – Ezekiel Elliott Reflects On Draft Ride With Teammates Bosa, Lee
Two-and-a-half years ago, Ezekiel Elliott arrived on the campus of Ohio State. And no one knew who he was.
And why would they?
Starting running back Carlos Hyde was coming off a junior season that saw him rush for 17 touchdowns and garner second-team All-Big 10 honors. Quarterback Braxton Miller finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting. Linebacker Ryan Shazier led the conference in tackles for loss and was second in total tackles.
The Buckeyes finished the 2012 season with an undefeated 12-0 record, but only ranked third in the AP Poll because of no playoff system.
“Coming in as a freshman and competing against all those future NFL guys, very good players like Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers), it definitely pulls the best out of you,” said Elliott about his first year at Ohio State.
Elliott wasn’t the only freshman trying to figure out his place on the team. Defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Darron Lee were in the same exact spot.
“As freshmen, myself, Joey and Darron, we were roommates – we literally lived together, spent every day together. From when we arrived on campus not even two-and-a-half years ago, to see how we’ve all evolved as people in those couple years…how it all came together is really special, honestly. It’s giving me chills thinking about it right now. The hair on my arms is standing up.” Read more →