“The Cowboys were mindful of the work they gave Elliott. They did not want to tax him in his first year. He was too important as a runner,”
— Todd Archer on how Ezekiel Elliott will have an even bigger role with the Dallas Cowboys in his sophomore season in the NFL, ESPN.com
The rookie campaign for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was spectacular. Look for his second year in the league to be even more spectacular as Zeke may have an increased role on offense.
In an article for ESPN.com, Todd Archer broke down how the Cowboys could utilize the former Buckeye hero in a half shirt. In 2016, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards on 322 carries and scored on 15 of those touches. However, Zeke only caught the ball 32 times for 363 yards and scored only once.
While the Cowboys didn’t need Elliott to be the go-to guy on every play, that will change heading into this season, as America’s Team lost third-down rusher Lance Dunbar to the Los Angeles Rams.
Without a solid replacement to fill Dunbar’s absence, Elliott looks to be the guy to handle the workload. But, third-down rushing may only be part of the equation for Zeke heading into his sophomore campaign in the pros. Receiving yards will also be something the Cowboy staff will look to give their franchise sensation.
Zeke wasn’t utilized that much on the receiving end, and he still finished as one of the top running back in the ESPN fantasy football rankings. Other notable RBs that finished above Elliott were David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals) and Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers), who both had significant roles in the passing games of their respective offenses.
Now with his feet already wet in the NFL, Elliott knows his way around defenses. It’s the perfect time for the Cowboys to feed Zeke, and let him become one of the biggest all-around offensive weapons in the league.
“The equipment they use is getting better, but they don’t yet have the endless resources the football program seems to have. Last year the coaching staff wanted to make a video highlighting a new Nike LeBron shoe, but couldn’t because the social media staff’s only camera was broken.”
— Bill Landis on the ever changing social media landscape, and how OSU basketball is changing the way they present graphics and videos, cleveland.com
Social media is one of the biggest tools any college athletic department can utilize. From gameday graphics to videos, the creative minds put together an online image for the fans and recruits.
Ohio State basketball is getting with the social media program, thanks to Kyle Davis and David Aaron. While they are the creative minds behind the OSU basketball program, they have other roles, too. Juggling hats as video coordinator and students, the road to creating content for the masses is just one of the responsibilities the duo has. But when the content is good, it takes off—like when they put Thad Matta into one of the new uniforms.
There have been some hiccups on the way to making the freshest content possible. For instance, the duo wanted a behind-the-scenes look at the program last season, but because the Buckeyes were constantly on the losing side of battles, the idea didn’t really take off. Combine that with the occasional equipment failure, and the problems get compounded.
On the bright side, the OSU athletic department has embraced the expansion into the social media world, and are playing a role in making the Buckeye brand strong online.
Bill Landis’ story is definitely worth the read if you want to take a look at how the Buckeye basketball game has picked up online.
Ohio State men’s lacrosse begins their quest to get the university another natty
After the men’s volleyball squad pulled off the win last week for a national title, the men’s lacrosse squad begins their journey to do the same. The Buckeyes start their journey for an NCAA Championship as the No. 3 team in the land, and play host to No. 13 Loyola at 5 p.m. on Sunday for a first-round battle.
With the game taking place at Ohio Stadium, the Scarlet and Gray have the home-field advantage. This makes advancing to the quarterfinals a tad easier, but in 2015, the Bucks went on the road to beat Duke in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, but fell to Denver in the quarterfinals.
Claiming an at-large bid, the Buckeyes have defeated the likes of John Hopkins, Denver and Maryland over the course of the season. If the Buckeyes can get the win on Sunday, they would have to play the winner of John Hopkins-Duke in the quarterfinals on May 20.
If the Buckeyes get past the quarterfinals, then they have the chance to win the title at a place known for winning: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The New England Patriots’ home stadium is the site for this year’s semifinals and championship game for men’s lacrosse.
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