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Ezekiel Elliott 'Ether's Ohio State playcalling after MSU loss, basically declares for the NFL Draft

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No holds barred (video from Cleveland.com via YouTube)

A year after an end to the season that had him win a major national award for best amateur athlete, Ezekiel Elliott's junior year hasn't culminated quite the way any of us -- including him -- had hoped.

Though he had an impressive streak of 100-yard rushing games that ended in Saturday's 17-14 loss to Michigan State, Elliott, who was one of the preseason Heisman favorites, has seemed to stay a steady distant second or third in recent weeks.

Even after Trevone Boykin and Leonard Fournette seemingly dropped back from the college football top award's collective spotlight after disappointing shows, Zeke never quite catapulted to the top of the straw polls.

After a performance that saw him only touch the ball 12 times for 33 yards, Elliott unloaded his frustration on the offensive brain trust of offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, co-offensive coordinator/QB coach Tim Beck, and head coach Urban Meyer:

Those sentiments don't seem a ton different from those of Ohio State faithful, but to hear it from a star player, particularly in the aftermath of a tough loss, is rather surprising to say the least.

Elliott strangely also admitted to having been hospitalized earlier in the week with a leg infection, something unknown prior to today's contest and also didn't exactly mince words about his future at Ohio State:

It'll be interesting to see how the coaches handle some harsh public criticism from their star player, particularly with a big rivalry game still to come the weekend ahead.