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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott Wins Big Ten MVP, "Silver Football" From Chicago Tribune

An Ohio State football player has been awarded the Big Ten's MVP for the third time in four years. 

The Silver Football, a.k.a the conference's MVP award given out by the Chicago Tribune, has been given to Buckeyes' junior running back Ezekiel Elliott. 

Elliott totaled 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He received eight of 13 first-place votes from the conference's coaches. 

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From the story:

Elliott received eight of the 13 first-place nods from the conference's head coaches (Rutgers, which fired Kyle Flood the day after the season ended, did not submit a vote). His 16-point total eclipsed those of finalists Connor Cook of Michigan State (10 points, three first-place votes) and Iowa's C.J. Beathard (four points, two firsts).

Elliott becomes Ohio State's 18th Silver Football winner, joining recent honoreesBraxton Miller (2012, 2013) and Troy Smith (2006). His remarkable season featured 19 rushing touchdowns and a school-record 274-yard effort — including 243 in the second half — against Indiana. 

Can Ohio State make it four Silver Footballs in five years in 2016? Buckeyes' quarterback J.T. Barrett should be a frontrunner for the award next season.