Ellison named co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Morgan Ellison earned his second Big Ten honor of the season on Monday.

The conference named Ellison its co-freshman of the week after he ran for 149 yards on 15 carries in Saturday’s 41-0 drubbing of Rutgers.

Ellison averaged 9.9 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns, posting his second career multi-score game and a career-ling 45-yard run.

The Ohio native leads the Hoosiers with 688 yards, 134 attempts, a 5.1 average and six touchdowns. His total rushing yardage is third among true freshmen running backs in the Big Ten and fifth among Power 5 running backs nationally. His six touchdowns are second in the league and tied for fifth nationally.

Ellison shares this week’s freshman honor with Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.


  1. Last week I posted that IU needed two RB’s to each get over 100 yds in these last two games, and again in the bowl game. It was great to see both Ellison and Gest do it on the field. They have been the only two productive RB’s all year long. Play them! If we can have another game like Rutgers against Purdue, IU will win and go bowling!

  2. Yes, IU made plays throughout the day. Caution, Rutgers did not show up and gifted IU a few times to jump start and get IU going. Don’t expect the same gifts from Purdue.

  3. And yes great not one but two 100 yard backs. Backs running hard and OL gell along with passing game. It sure does make OC coordinator and staff look a lot better.

  4. Rutgers averages 118 yards passing they were not goin anywhere consistently on IU without a passing game

  5. Ellison is an example of the young talent IU offense has and I expect next year’s offense to improve greatly. I expect IU to win with a very strong defense and an offense that finds ways to move the ball and score. I hope IU’s tougher B1G schedule to help them go into this game ready to play a better game than Purdue.

    1. As long as they can stretch the field. If not the 4-6 yd. passing philosophy will be hard pressed to be consistently positive.

  6. HC Bill Walsh made the short passing game very sucessful with the SF 49ers. The QB has to be accurate and make the right reads for the offense to really go. Thomas showed how a 12 yard pass becomes a 57 yd TD against Rutgers even though Lagow put the ball behind him. IU hasn’t had success bringing in top Pro style QBs so this staff is going after dual threat QBs that help the run game and still can pass the ball successfully forty times a game. only time will show if they can win more games with this approach.

  7. Sorry the West Coast from the 70’s and 80’s has now been morphed a dozen times to become the Spread. It had to happen as D’s adapted. To my observations and satisfaction DeBord has not shown consistent mastery until he can stretch the field. Which should be a lock with IU’s WR corp.

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