Ezekiel Elliott: C'mon Man

By Ramzy Nasrallah on November 4, 2013 at 8:53p

DEVELOPING: Purdue is bad.

Purdue was bad before Saturday's 56-0 beatdown by the Buckeyes and Purdue will be bad for the rest of the season. Today you may have heard the Boilermakers haven't even snapped the ball in the red zone since September 28.

Well, tonight on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown Segment "C'mon Man" Ezekiel Elliott's ferocious hit on Raheem Mostert was featured. Not so much the hit itself but one Purdue cheerleader's reaction to it.

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Knarcisi's picture

EzE = football player. Gonna be special here. 

osubuck57's picture

That was a pretty nasty hit for a RB. Dream tackle!!


TheShookster's picture


He ain't even stretch doe!!

lippertini's picture

So impressive.  And I bet by next year the coaches will have him switching that ball to the outside arm, too.

OSUStu's picture

I sure hope so. Nothing grinds my gears like a running back with the ball in the wrong hand.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Maffro's picture

Same here. I'm always screaming "SWITCH HANDS!" at the TV when I see this, no matter what teams I'm watching.

Bucki78's picture

Often times I find myself switching the remote in my hands because of this.  Eitherway the kid is young and he'll only get better as time goes on.

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

gwalther's picture

His running style and talent remind me of Maurice Clarett.

Class of 2008

doofenshmirtz's picture

He reminds me more of Robert Smith.

dan_isaacs's picture


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Buckeye777's picture

I was thinking the same thing and then I read your comment.....strange but very TRUE!!!!
I thought I was looking at Clarett for a moment!!  Very similar build, movement between the tackles and wiggle to the outside, very much the same!!!!


Bolt's picture

Clarett was much more short, stout and thick. Zeke is taller, leaner and much faster. I see Robert Smith the much more viable comparison as someone stated...size wise, speed wise and aesthetically with the upright/smooth running style.

gwalther's picture

Dude - what. They're both 6'0 blends of agility and power. What is this taller/leaner deal you're talking about? 

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Bolt's picture

Clarett was listed at 5'11" and I always felt like he was shorter than that, I thought Zeke was listed as taller than 6' but I was wrong. Appearance wise MoC was a much thicker, stockier build and had about 15 pounds on Zeke as a freshman. I think it may also just be perception as I feel like Zeke runs in a much more upright stance with a lot more speed while Clarett ran with a lower center of gravity and made a lot more hard/sharp side to side cuts/cutbacks than I see Zeke make. Elliott is much faster and runs much more upright that's why I gravitate more toward Robert Smith.

dan_isaacs's picture

They are/were sprinters/track athletes.  And they both run like it. :)

Dan Isaacs

Bolt's picture

Clarett wasn't much of a sprinter...he ran like a 4.8+ at the combine. He got ran down from behind plenty of times. He just had great vision, lateral agility/footwork, and was stronger than hell. Zeke was an outstanding track star though. 
*edit - thought you were talking about Clarett, not Robert Smith.

ChazBuckeye's picture

I'd say I'm pretty happy we got EzE and TTUN got Green.  Yeah, I'm cool with it;-)

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bukyze's picture

Zeke is going to be an absolute stud.  He's going to fill in nicely after El Guapo leaves us.

unholy bucknut's picture

That was awesome love to see a RB lay the boom on that kid. The cheerleaders reaction is just icing on the cake.

CowCat's picture

A picture says a thousand words.
Her smile says "LMFAO U GOT PWNED BRO"

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-- Urban Meyer

Breakawayspeed's picture

She might be thinking, " Wow! never thought I'd see a player's mouth-guard do that!"

jenks's picture

He's had a few amazing tackles on ST. The kid is just a phenomenal baller.

Fugelere's picture

One of those guys who's not just a running back.  He's an all around football player who will do whatever he needs to do to help his team.

lippertini's picture

Hate to be that guy, but he "got away with one" there, helmet to helmet.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWkOaixWd7s#t=12
That being said, if you told me EZ-E would be our starting RB for the next three years, I'd be just fine with that.

harleymanjax's picture

I was waiting for the flag and I was shocked when he wasn't ejected

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

KLF Buckeye's picture

I think EZ-E deserves the benefit of the doubt. His tackling form was good, it does not look like he led with the very crown of the helmet, and the returner started to lower himself to brace for the hit. Sucks that these players have to try to hit a moving strike zone.

lippertini's picture

I agree.  I hate the rule, but as the rule is written, that hit was illegal.  They should adjust it for this type of situation, IMO.

mh277907's picture

Illegal? Eze's head was up, he tried to wrap up with his arms, he didn't launch and he didn't lead with the crown of his helmet. The new rule is intended to protect defenseless players not kick returners getting tackled in the open field. I know he plays for Purdue but that doesn't make him defenseless. It was a very good hit that didn't garner a flag and rightfully so.


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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Not an illegal hit because the runner was not defenseless.  An active runner trying to get away can still be "speared", or fouled by a tackler, but I don't think the new rule addresses that type of hit.  It is intended for a pass catcher, primarily, and supposes to protect in that moment just after a catch, but once he turns upfield, and makes "football" moves, he is an active runner again.  I believe the contact rules go back to the old standard.
pretty sure that's the intent, anyway.

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Kaceybrown's picture

That's my understanding as well. 

PittBuckeye's picture

I was reading through this and couldn't believe nobody had said this yet.
Not targeting at all.

GoBucksToledo's picture

I don't think that was a penalizable hit but he certainly didn't try to wrap, may want to watch it again.

mh277907's picture

His arms were extended in an attempt to wrap up. The sheer force from two players running full speed at each other did not allow him to actually wrap up as the Purdue player bounced off of him. IMO, had Roby extended his arms and attempted to wrap up like Eze did, he would not have been ejected from the Iowa game.


lippertini's picture

C'mon guys, are you such blind homers that you can't even see with your own eyes?  Below is the moment of impact and EZ-E's helmet is most definitely pointed downward, most definitely leading with the crown.

From: sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130723/college-football-officials-targeting-rule/#ixzz2jmcRXPgxCNNSI :

According to a handout produced by College Football Officiating, LLC, if officials see the following things, the risk of a targeting foul is high:
• Launching toward an opponent to make contact in the head or neck area.
• A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust with contact at the head or neck area.
• Leading with the helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow into the head or neck area.
• Lowering the head before attacking and initiating with the crown of the helmet.

How can you possibly refute that he did both of the last two?  It doesn't say anything about the player needing to be defenseless.
And again, I'm not saying this hit SHOULD be illegal, just that it IS ILLEGAL according to current rule.  As I said earlier, I think the rule should be revised.

mh277907's picture

First, that is an awfully blurry picture to say "most definitely" about anything. From what I can tell from your picture and watching the replay, he makes initial contact with his facemask which means  his head was in fact up and he did not lead with his crown. He didn't launch and he never crouched before the hit- he was simply running full speed. Also, you chose to include an excerpt from a handout - not the actual rule from the NCAA. According to the NCAA, "A new football rule going into effect this season requires that players who target and contact defenseless opponents above the shoulders will be ejected." This player was not defenseless, thus, this hit was not illegal. Just because it was helmet to helmet does not mean it was illegal.


lippertini's picture

C'mon man... ;)   There are actually two different rules, (Rule 9-1-3) and (Rule 9-1-4), the first one of which does not require the opponent to be defenseless:

Targeting and Initiating Contact With the Crown of the Helmet  (Rule 9-1-3)
No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul.
Targeting and Initiating Contact to Head or Neck Area of a Defenseless Player  (Rule 9-1-4)
No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.  (Rule 2-27-14)
Note: Beginning in 2013, ejection from the game is a part of the penalty for violation of both Rule 9-1-3 and Rule 9-1-4.

If you look at the combo frame below, taken just after the one I posted, you can see that the unfortunate ballcarrier's head is the only part of his upper body that is show fast movement (see the ghost helmet from the next frame a little up and to the left; hence EZ-E did make contact with it). 

And if you can't see from the earlier frame that EZ-E's head was definitely pointed downward, then you might need to get a bigger screen or a new prescription, because it's quite obvious to me.  It's easier to see all this btw, by playing the Youtube video I linked above as big as you can and freezing right around the hit and watching each frame back and forth.  I noticed it in live action, too, but obviously easier this way.
Fact is, to steer clear of the targeting rule, EZ-E should have come in a bit lower.  I'm glad it didn't get called, but he could easily have been ejected, given the current rules.

mh277907's picture

Yes, there are two rules- the first one need not apply as EzE did not lead with the crown of his helmet. The second has no baring as the Purdue player was not defenseless. Watch EzE's head after the hit- it snaps directly backward. If physics tells us anything, it tells us that initial contact was made in the front of the head causing the head to stop, slow down or move in the opposite direction. In this case, his head makes contact, immediately goes up and to the back suggesting he made initial contact with the upper part of his facemask (about eyebrow level). Either way, we can agree to disagree - no need to bring my poor 24 year old eyes into this. And yes, they should stay clear of targeting but this was not the type of play the NCAA was trying to get rid of when they made the rule.


lippertini's picture

The first rule does apply, because it seems to me that he was indeed leading with his crown, or certainly could be perceived as leading with his crown.  The combined freeze frame I just posted shows that he hit the ballcarrier's head first, I don't think you can dispute that. 
The fact that EZ-E's head pops up only shows that just AFTER his helmet hit the other player's helmet, his face mask did indeed hit the carrier.  But just because his mask eventually hit the carrier doesn't mean he didn't lead with the top of his helmet.  See the difference?
Either way, I'll let you have the last word if you want, I'm just too tired to reply agiain.
At least can we agree that EZ-E's an absolute stud and we're ecstatic to have him on the team. right?

Buckeyeneer's picture

"Put your facemask on the guy." That is what I was taught in football. Looks like that is what Zeke was doing.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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PittBuckeye's picture

No way can you call that anything. If it was called the ejection would have been overturned in about 2 seconds.
That picture looks bad, but if you watch the hit his head was up. It was a good tackle, he saw what he was hitting and by no means launched or did any of that other crap.
Blind homers or actually looking at something with our eyes open...

Squirrel Master's picture

my print screen is better, facemask was up.