Now, what can he do for an encore?
More, he believes. Why? The soon-to-be ESPN star is finally healthy after a preseason wrist injury last year short-circuited his early-seeason progress.
"It's getting there," he said of the wrist. "The bone is actually 100 percent. The flexibility in my wrist is not all the way there, and I don't know if it will ever be all the way there."
One of the benefits to his new-found wrist flexibility and health? The fact that he can bench press, helping him add upper-body strength that sure didn't look like was even lacking last year.
"I started out benching like 95 pounds so I've gotten a lot of my strength back, and it's a time thing. That's where the flexibility comes in."
If he can use his left hand to protect the football and perhaps fend off would-be tacklers, that would be great as well. It might also help him be more consistent, as Elliott didn't quite look like himself in the early going last year until he ran over Cincinnati for 182 yards on 28 carries while using the patience and vision that made him a four-star recruit coming out of St. Louis John Burroughs.
He seemed to get better as last season went on, averaging at least 6 yards per carry in seven of the last eight games and topping 100 yards in that same number. He set career highs in back-to-back-to-back games to end the season.
Elliott has help at the running backs spot, too. The recent news that true freshman stud Mike Weber, a Scout 100 star who was just the second first-year player to lose his black stripe, suffered a knee injury that will cost him up to a month is a blow, but the Buckeyes have plenty of talent.
They can always use Curtis Samuel, last year's backup who is at his best on the edge but can also pick his way between the tackles with aplomb. Juniors Brionte Dunn and Warren Ball also add depth and could likely be major contributors anywhere else in the Big Ten after each showing their skills in reseve duty the past couple of seasons.
Then there's also the potential of seeing the Buckeye "H" player such as Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson or even Braxton Miller in the backfield -- a spot Miller said he's held already after reporters spotted him in option drills last week.
NotesA Heisman Trophy candidate, Elliott entered Ohio State in 2013 and almost immediately became the team's No. 2 running back. After the graduation of %%MATCH_11%%, Elliott was elevated to the No. 1 back and dominated the competition as 2014 went on. Despite dealing with a wrist injury, Elliott steadily improved throughout the season, saving his best for last with 696 combined yards and eight touchdowns in three postseason games. That allowed him to finish with 1,878 yards -- second in OSU history -- and 18 touchdowns, and his tough running and vision figure to make him a standout again in 2015.
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NotesA Scout 100 member in the class of 2014, Samuel showcased excellent speed and the ability to pick his way through through the pile to become the Buckeyes' No. 2 back last year. He started in place of Ezekiel Elliott vs. %%MATCH_12%% and finished the season second among backs with 383 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He has worked with both the wideouts and running backs this preseason and could be a valuable weapon who can take it the house.
NotesDunn had an excellent spring and could be in line to be the No. 2 running back for the Buckeyes depending on how the team decides to use Curtis Samuel. A highly rated member of the class of 2012, Dunn has played in 21 games as a Buckeye and has 196 career rushing yards with two touchdowns and a 5.8 yards-per-carry average.
NotesBall has played in 19 games as a Buckeye, earning a total of 31 carries for 161 yards. The Columbus DeSales product again figures to be a backup and play on special teams for the Buckeyes, though he brings a physical nature and excellent speed to the table.
NotesOne of the top running backs in the class of 2015, the true freshman Weber figures to see the ball early in his Ohio State tenure if he can get his knee healthy after a recent setback. A muscular 5-10, 215 pounds, Weber has both the ability to break off big gains and the power to run between the tackles in Urban Meyer's offense. He has quick feet and excellent instincts, which could allow him to be a standout very early in his Buckeye tenure.