Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa were dominating performers during their days together as teammates at Ohio State. They helped the Buckeyes to the national championship back in 2014 and were both selected in the top five of last year’s draft.

It doesn’t stop there. While Elliott was absolutely dominating for the eventual NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys during his rookie season, Bosa caught on quick for the then San Diego Chargers after holding out.

The two ended up collecting hardware on the eve of last Sunday’s Super Bowl — Elliott earning the FedEx Ground Player of the Year award and Bosa earning the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Surely, both of these former college standouts deserve the accolades they received. But it’s the comments that Bosa just recently threw Elliott’s way that should excite the young running back.

“He’s a superstar and I love what he’s doing,” Bosa said about Elliott, via The Dallas Morning News. “I’m really proud of him and he’s going to have a lot of great years in the NFL. Everything is true what you guys think about him. He’s a monster.”

NFL defenses got a first-hand view of just how monstrous Elliott can be on the gridiron. The eventual MVP candidate put up nearly 2,000 total yards with 16 touchdowns. He also averaged north of five yards per rush while leading the league in rush attempts, rushing yards and rushing yards per game.

On the other hand, Bosa finished his rookie season having recorded 10.5 sacks in 12 games following a hold out that lasted deep into the summer.

Needles to say, both of these former Buckeye teammates have long and successful careers ahead of them. Considering they entered the NFL in the same draft class, it will be fun watching them grow in unison.