Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott will play in Fiesta Bowl despite citation

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Ezekiel Elliott, the Big Ten's leading rusher and the most effective offensive weapon for Ohio State, will play in Friday's Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame despite receiving a citation after his involvement in a car crash this past weekend.

According to Cleveland.com's report on the matter, Elliott was cited for driving under suspension, driving without a license and failure to control after he was involved in a car accident.

But no suspension will follow Elliott to Arizona, and he's expected to be a full go when the Buckeyes meet the Fighting Irish on New Year's Day in Glendale.

Tuesday, Elliott addressed the media and explained the situation, telling reporters he didn't know his driver's license was suspended.

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"First and foremost, I wasn’t aware that my license was suspended," he said. "I’m doing everything I can now, my dad is doing everything he can now to get that handled, to get my license back in good standing. I’m honestly just glad nobody was majorly injured. I’m glad everyone’s all right, and I feel like that’s the most important part. It was a scary situation, and I’m trying to put it behind me and focus on this game."

Elliott is the second high-profile member of Ohio State's offense to be involved in a legal situation while driving this season. Quarterback J.T. Barrett received a one-game suspension during the regular season after he was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired during the Buckeyes' bye week.

Elliott, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, has already made it known that he won't be returning for his senior season, making the Fiesta Bowl his final game as a Buckeye. He ranks second on Ohio State's all-time rushing list with 3,812 yards.

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