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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and the Heisman Trophy race COLUMBUS, Ohio For Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, the Heisman Trophy, a bronzed statuette of a running back striking a fierce stiff arming pose, is a goal he tries to downplay. The award, emblematic of the best player in college football, also represents other things in the case of the 6 foot, 225 pound junior running back. It is, at once, a reminder of past frailty, a promise of improved weaponry, a token of historic deviltry, a symbol of current superiority and of by gone inferiority. The frailty The broken left wrist with which Elliott played last season turned him into the most rapacious one armed bandit outside a casino. The weaponry The wrist is all healed now as Elliott, a junior, embarks on his likely final season at Ohio State as one of the front runners for the 2015 Heisman. Elliott's stiff arm, if he develops it with anything approaching his attention to his Eddie Georgian abs, will have the effect of a piston to the face of a would be tackler. The deviltry The Heisman is at best a challenge and at worst a curse to its winner. Only nine of the 79 award winners (OSU's Archie Griffin won twice) have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Tim Brown of Notre Dame and the Oakland Raiders, a 2015 inductee, is the only one to have played in this century. The superiority The Heisman is the most esteemed trophy in college football, for all that it is no harbinger of professional greatness Jeremy Hill Jersey. The inferiority As last year's winner of the James E. Sullivan award, traditionally more of an award for Olympic sport athletes, Elliott was designated the nation's top amateur athlete. Thus, Elliott had already won something that was more prestigious than the Heisman for decades. This view of the Sullivan award ended when the rise of the NFL turned college careers into what many consider mere dress rehearsals for the Sunday afternoon games. The list of Sullivan winners includes Grand Slammers Bobby Jones (golf) and Don Budge (tennis). On it is also Bill Bradley of Princeton and the New York Knicks, the epitome of the student athletes. And Mark Spitz, the first Michael Phelps, as well as the real Michael Phelps, plus the former Bruce Jenner. Simpson and the scandal ridden Reggie Bush, who was only leasing the award, as it turns out. Only two men have ever won both the Heisman and Sullivan Army fullback Doc Blanchard in 1945 and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in 2008, who played there under current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. "I didn't expect to win it because of all the other other athletes and what they had accomplished in their sports," Elliott said "I thought my accomplishments didn't compare to what they had done, winning Olympic gold medals. How can you compare a bunch of different sports to each other? You want to be known as the best in your sport, and that's the Heisman." Since 2000, 13 of the 15 Heisman winners (counting Bush's vacated award) have been quarterbacks. Alabama's Mark Ingram last broke through five years ago. This, however, does not necessarily mean that Elliott has no chance. Meyer detests the concept of spread football as "basketball on grass," a term former Purdue coach Joe Tlller used forhis finesse offense. Power always has a place in football at Ohio State. "My main priority is getting back to the Big Ten Championship Game. That's all I'm thinking about, " said Elliott. "I'm not focused on individual awards. If we play for each other and play well together, all that other stuff will come with it." It is a statistical curiosity that Meyer had not coached at any of his stops a 1,000 yard running back (Braxton Miller was a quarterback in 2012) until Carlos Hyde erupted for 1,521 yards in 2013 despite being suspended for three games Clarke New Jersey. Hyde had 1,290 yards in the regular season for a 7.8 average and 14 touchdowns. But in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl, he dropped to 231 yards, a 5.4 yard average and only one rushing TD. Elliott's 2014 regular season amounted to 1,182 yards on a 6.0 average and 10 rushing TDs. Elliott's postseason put calculator batteries everywhere at risk. He gained 696 yards at a 9.2 average, ans scored eight rushing touchdowns. He gained 220 yards against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, 230 against Alabama in the national semifinal and 246 against Oregon in the national championship game. Yet Elliott was not a first team All Big Ten selection of either the coaches or media, who dispersed the honors among Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, the only first teamer on both squads, and Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Minnesota's David Cobb, and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah. The coaches did not even make Elliott an honorable mention selection. The Buckeyes' culture and Elliott After Elliott followed superb blocking, shrugged off an arm tackle, and raced 44 yards to score on fourth and 1 on the play that broke Michigan in the last minutes, defensive tackle Michael Bennett said to him, "You are our culture." He meant Elliott's willingness to do the dirty work, even blocking, a task diva backs avoid. This attitude reflected the selflessness and toughness of a team dedicated to collective goals, not individual ones. Even after Elliott torched Wisconsin, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart talked of what he did without the ball. So did Elliott whenever he described, with relish, "chopping down" defenders on the option. Against mighty Alabama, Elliott gained more yards than anyone ever had in the Sugar Bowl. In New Orleans, a city of voodoo and jazz, pirates and hurricanes, spice and vice, no one had seen anything like it. And people there know the in "Star Wars" has nothing on what they've seen on Bourbon Street. Elliott's emergence in the postseason was in a way even more surprising than that of former third string quarterback Cardale Jones because, while Jones was almost a complete unknown, most people thought they knew who Elliott was a good, but not overwhelming force, able to be contained. No one had seen Jones in meaningful games. Elliott was a known commodity, we thought.