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OXNARD, Calif. -- Ezekiel Elliott leaves the field to screams of Zeeeeeke! from autograph-seeking fans who havent even seen him carry the ball in a game yet for the Dallas Cowboys.The fourth overall pick in this years draft opened his first training camp taking first-team snaps before a mild hamstring strain put him on the sidelines with Darren McFadden, who led the team in rushing last season but still could be replaced as the starter even after he returns from a broken right elbow.If hes healthy and not sidelined over a domestic violence allegation in Ohio, Elliott is likely to begin his career in a way that Cowboys Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett didnt: starting the opener as a rookie running back.Even if he doesnt start in his debut, the former Ohio State star is the future of the running game for a once-proud franchise now 20 years removed from its last Super Bowl. Hes high on a list of non-quarterbacks that were taken in the first two rounds and could play significant roles right away.Im just doing what theyre asking me to do, said Elliott, taken two spots after quarterbacks Jared Goff (Rams) and Carson Wentz (Eagles) went 1-2 in the draft. At running back were down a couple bodies right now, but we got to come together and get in shape and lean on each other right now.Elliott waited a day to face the expected swarm of reporters while knowing the conversation would quickly turn to the case in Columbus, Ohio, where his girlfriend accused him of assaulting her about a week before camp opened. The 21-year-old Elliott has denied the claims.Looking a bit winded at times during his first two days in camp, Elliott also struggled with Ohio States school song and was forced into a second night of singing in front of his teammates -- a popular rookie initiation in NFL camps.They can be all-conference in the biggest conferences there are, they can be All-American, they can win Heisman trophies. And then they step into this environment, its a step up, coach Jason Garrett said. We certainly like the transition that Zeke has made up to this point.A look at other picks that werent quarterbacks but could have significant impacts nonetheless:ELI APPLE, NY GIANTS: The 10th selection was Elliotts former teammate at Ohio State and is now an NFC East rival. He is rotating at cornerback with veterans Janoris Jenkins and Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, and first-year coach Ben McAdoo isnt hesitating to start rookies after former coach Tom Coughlin rarely did in 12 seasons. Everything is happening really fast, said Apple, one of three Buckeyes taken in the top 10. The meetings are really long, but I am having fun with it.LAREMY TUNSIL, MIAMI: The 13th choice out of Mississippi became one of the biggest stories on draft night when his stock fell after a video of him taking a bong hit in a gas mask circulated on social media. Hes making the transition from left tackle to left guard and might not start the opener. We were talking about how training camp is going to be another speed, coach Adam Gase said. Preseason is going to feel like another speed. And then when you hit the regular season, its a completely different speed.RYAN KELLY, INDIANAPOLIS: The 18th selection out of Alabama is the first center the Colts have taken in the opening round since Auburns Jackie Burkett in 1959, and Burkett never played the position. Indianapolis has used five starters at center in four seasons with Andrew Luck, who has been hit more times (375) than any quarterback in that span. I think playing center, obviously I think you have to have a sense of leadership, Kelly said. But at the same time I think you have to establish yourself as a good player and kind of walk the walk before you can say stuff as a leader.LAQUON TREADWELL, MINNESOTA: The 23rd pick from Mississippi made an impression by frequently catching extra passes after practice and as the first player to arrive on reporting day at camp. The receiver is still trying to regain his explosiveness from a lower left leg injury at Ole Miss in 2014, part of the reason he was available late in the first round. Treadwell still had 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns coming off the devastating injury. Laquon will remain a student of the game and learn from guys in that room, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said.MYLES JACK, JACKSONVILLE: The former UCLA linebacker slipped to the 36th overall pick in the second round because of uncertainty about his right knee. He tore the meniscus on Sept. 23 and left school shortly thereafter to rehab in Phoenix. He missed offseason workouts because of NFL rules regarding college graduations, leaving him way behind at the June minicamp, and still struggling to catch up when camp opened. Dealing with Floridas sweltering summer heat and humidity has been as much of an issue as learning the playbook. Im having fun playing football again, Jack said. But I definitely need to get in better shape, get more reps and catch up.---Online:AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler Blake Snell Jersey .ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. 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NORMAN, Okla. -- Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook have garnered most of the attention for No. 7 Oklahoma this season, yet the offensive line and the running game carried the load in the 56-28 win at West Virginia that gives the Sooners a chance to clinch the conference title outright with a win over Oklahoma State on Dec. 3.The Sooners rushed for 313 yards in cold, wet weather and controlled the clock for nearly 40 minutes against the Mountaineers. Left tackle Orlando Brown, left guard Ben Powers, center Erick Wren, right guard Dru Samia and right tackle Bobby Evans were the starters, and reserve lineman Jonathan Alvarez and fullback Dimitri Flowers were singled out by coach Bob Stoops as having played well.Stoops said the offensive line, including Flowers, was a collective offensive MVP against the Mountaineers. He said West Virginia threw a lot of looks at the offensive line, but his unit consistently made the right blocks.Those guys did a great job sifting it out, Stoops said. They (West Virginia) have their plays where its one yard, two yard, catch you in the backfield a time or two, but overall, they (the line) really worked through it really well.Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0 Big 12) has dominated on the ground for much of the season. The Sooners average 228.1 yards rushing per game, a total that would be the schools second-best total since 1991 if it holds up. In conference play, those rushing numbers jump to a league-best 246.8 yards per ggame.dddddddddddd The ground game has balanced the passing game, which ranks first in efficiency and second in yards per game in Big 12 play.Brown is the star of the unit. His father, Orlando Sr., played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. The younger Brown, a 6-foot-8, 340-pound sophomore, projects to be an early-round pick when he comes out.Orlando, every week has had a winning grade if not a great grade, and physical, great protecting, Stoops said. Hes doing all the things you want him to do. But you know, what I appreciate about him more than anything is his intensity and leadership.Then, of course, there are the two running backs. Joe Mixon has rushed for 1,084 yards in 10 games and averages 6.9 yards per carry. Samaje Perine has pounded out 735 yards in eight games and has 10 rushing touchdowns.Against West Virginia, Perine ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries and Mixon added 147 yards and a score on 24 attempts.Youve got to give Samaje and Joe some great credit, Stoops said. There are some guys that come up to get them, and they can run through a tackle, stiff arm a guy, slide away from a guy. They get a lot of yards after theyre hit as well.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP .---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 . ' ' '

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