BTN.com staff, August 7, 2015
The last time we saw Ezekiel Elliott he was running all over teams like Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.
In all, Elliott ran for 696 yards and eight touchdowns, including a career-high four scores in the College Football Championship Game.
Elliott's 18 rushing scores lead all Big Ten returning players, seven more than teammate J.T. Barrett.
Will Elliott lead the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns in 2015? See our panel's predictions below:
2014 leader: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – 29
2015 returning leader: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State – 18
Tom Dienhart: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State. Ohio State will be good. Very good. And Elliott will score a lot of TDs for what should be the best offense in the Big Ten. He rushed for 18 scores last year, including eight in a memorable postseason.
Sean Merriman: Corey Clement, Wisconsin. This is a guy who had nine rushing touchdowns in a backup role last season. Now, with Melvin Gordon off to the NFL, Clement will be the go-to guy in the Badgers? backfield. If he remains healthy, 20-plus rushing touchdowns is certainly doable for Clement.
Brent Yarina: Corey Clement, Wisconsin. Playing behind stars such as Melvin Gordon and James White the last two seasons, Clement ran for 16 touchdowns. On just 214 career carries. That's a touchdown every 13.4 carries for a talent who figures to get somewhere around 25 totes a game.