By Nick Shook
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League leading rusher. Top candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Playoff qualifier. Division leader. Budding superstar running back. All of these terms can be used to describe rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott.
But leading Pro Bowl vote-getter?
That too applies to the Cowboys‘ running back, who leads all players receiving votes in the NFL with 681,361, the league announced Monday. Who was next in line, you might ask? Teammate and fellow rookie Dak Prescott with 607,621 votes. It’s shaping up to be Cowboys season at the annual all-star showcase, held this season in Orlando, Fla.
Elliott has rushed for 1,285 yards and 12 touchdowns on 263 carries in 2016, leading the next-closest running back, Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray, by 242 yards. The rookie, selected fourth overall out of Ohio State, powers a run-first offense that has made Prescott’s undertaking of the starting quarterback position much easier and has led Dallas to an 11-1 record.