Despite some suggestions that he should turn pro, standout Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will return to Columbus for at least one more year.
But Elliott won't look the same in 2015. The NCAA in a recent ruling outlawed jersey styles like the one Elliott preferred, a crop-top esque look that revealed his impressive abs.
OSU RB Ezekiel Elliott's jersey: Crop-top in 1st half, full-length in 2nd half. pic.twitter.com/f2D7Z6Rg0p
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) January 13, 2015
Elliott has told reporters he liked the look of the rolled-up jersey, but he wore it like that for more practical purposes.
“I don’t like how long the jerseys are,” Elliott said. “I don’t want people to be able to grab onto me.”
Here's the NCAA's official rule change:
"Officials will treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads – by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue."
Elliott wasn't happy about the ruling and he made light of it by retweeting some humorous messages on Twitter:
— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) March 8, 2015
NCAA: We're banning crop tops. Shawn Oakman&Ezekiel Elliott: No you're not. NCAA: You're right, our bad. pic.twitter.com/U52QfzEzXE
— Ashley Dickson (@AshleyD1012) March 8, 2015
— Ohio State Football (@OsuFunny) March 9, 2015
It appears as though we'll find out if Elliott's jersey fashion did affect opponents' tackling. Whatever the reason for his elusiveness, Elliott emerged as a star over the course of the 2014 season. As a sophomore Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. And he saved his best performance for last, racking up 246 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State's championship game victory over Oregon.