"[Ezekiel Elliott] is smooth. He has no wasted motion. Everything is kind of centered around him."
- Nate Newton, via Ryan Ratty, Blogging The Boys
An NFL team's OTAs are really the first time coaches and teams are able to see what the other is about. Players are trying to impress heading into the preseason, building up enough confidence in their coaches that they're worthy of making the final roster. But in Dallas, former offensive lineman Nate Newton said that things have been centered around Elliott, speaking on how special of a player he is, and how he has been since arriving in Dallas. That's good to hear about Elliott, who has somewhat stolen the spotlight in Dallas since being drafted.
Zeke has the luxury in not having to worry about carrying the entire load of the team in his rookie season. Most players don't have that, but when you're surrounded with a great offensive line, Tony Romo, and Dez Bryant, you could definitely be much worse off. Ratty talks about the importance of Elliott grasping the offense quick, and he's right. Because without a running game, the Dallas defense, which hasn't been great, will suffer as a result if they cannot sustain drives and keep them off of the field. At the very least, the Cowboys would like to see him have a similar effect that Todd Gurley had with the Rams last season.
.@OhioStAthletics' Byars, Otis among those on 2017 @cfbhall Ballot https://t.co/AP5gprPT0N pic.twitter.com/3DS6b9eIHK— Football Foundation (@NFFNetwork) June 1, 2016
Former Ohio State running back Keith Byars and fullback Jim Otis are both on the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame ballot that was released Wednesday morning. Byars is fifth all-time at Ohio State with 4,369 career all-purpose yards, adn 3,200 rushing yards. He was a Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1984, behind Doug Flutie. His 50 touchdowns are also the second most in school history.
Otis led the team in rushing from 1967-69, and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1969. He is second to only the great Archie Griffin for career rushing yards per game at Ohio State. During his career at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won two conference titles. The announcement for the 2017 class will come on January 6, 2017 in Tampa, where the College Football Playoff National Championship is being held on January 9.
"The last time a player from Montverde Academy came to Ohio State and wore No. 0, things worked out pretty well."
- Bill Landis, cleveland.com
That's quite the standard to live up to for incoming freshman Micah Potter, who will don D'Angelo Russell's number during his lone season at Ohio State. Potter is a center, and listed at 6'9, and 230 pounds, so not quite Russell, but hopefully there's some magic to the number. Another new face, Derek Funderburk will wear No. 4, which was worn by Daniel Giddens last season, but transferred to Alabama. Andre Wesson will wear No. 24, and C.J. Jackson will sport No. 3.
Potter and Funderburk will be welcome additions in the post, after the Bucks lost Giddens and Mickey Mitchell. Thankfully for the Buckeyes, their key pieces will still be in place with JaQuan Lyle, Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate, and Marc Loving. If Trevor Thompson is able to make a leap underneath the basket along with help from the younger guys, the 2016-17 season should be a bit more fun than last season's campaign, where the Buckeyes were fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth, before ultimately coming up short.
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