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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Elliott enjoying dual role at Army Bowl

By Damon Sayles


SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day of rest -- time off the football field, at least -- for the U.S. Army All-Americans. For players such as Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), the rest was well deserved.

An ESPN 150 running back, Elliott has double-dipped for the West team as a running back and a defensive back. The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete has seen time at safety because of roster injuries.

While some Buckeyes fans are questioning the move, Elliott is just happy to be in San Antonio competing and wearing his white No. 24 jersey proudly -- even if he is working out with defensive players who sport black jerseys.

“I’m ready for it,” Elliott said. “They wanted to move me around; I’ll do whatever. I’m just trying to have as much fun as possible, just finish out my winter break and have some fun.”

Elliott said he’s rock solid with his commitment to Ohio State, and he is excited about playing running back at the next level. Playing safety in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he said, will make for a good story to tell his friends and family down the line.

“It’s crazy just to play with a bunch of guys with the same skill,” Elliott said. “You see all these big, fast people, and the linemen are huge. It just feels good to be playing with all this talent.”

Elliott, ranked No. 139 in the ESPN 150, rushed for 2,155 yards and 40 touchdowns, but he also had 19 tackles and two interceptions on defense for John Burroughs. He is the top-ranked player in Missouri and the No. 14 running back nationally in the Class of 2013.