Former Ohio State back Ezekiel Elliott was not a first-team pick for the Big Ten All-Decade team.
Before he was a stud for the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott would drive opposing defensive coordinators mad in the Big Ten while he was with Ohio State. With Elliott leading the way, the Buckeyes were able to take home the 2014 National Championship with a head-turning win over Oregon.
Elliott, who went viral that game due to his cut jersey showcasing his abs, will forever be an Ohio State legend. But, his time in Columbus wasn’t enough to land him a spot on the Big Ten All-Decade First Team, as determined by the Big Ten Network.
Elliott made the Second-Team, as Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley took home the First-Team honors. Despite Taylor having 6,000-plus rushing yards in his three years at Wisconsin and Barkley doing unprecedented things at Penn State, neither has a national championship on his resume like Elliott does.
And it’s not like Elliott didn’t have the stats to back up his case either. In his sophomore and junior years, the 6-0, 225-pounder rushed for 1,878 yards and 1,821 yards, respectively. In those two seasons, he combined to rush for 41 touchdowns. Combine that with his national title ring and it wasn’t enough to make the cut.
While Taylor and Barkley are incredible talents, there’s no excusing this oversight to keep Elliott off the top of the list. While he may not care about the rankings, Ohio State fans surely do.