Zac Ellis

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Zac Ellis joined Sports Illustrated in 2011 and has been a regular contributor for SI’s college football and college basketball coverage since 2012. Along with frequent features and columns, Ellis serves as’s primary Heisman Trophy analyst. He writes a weekly Heisman Watch column during the college football season and covers the Heisman Trophy ceremony on a yearly basis. Ellis is also the regular co-host of the SI College Football Podcast.

A Knoxville, Tenn., native, Ellis attended the University of Tennessee. He served as editor-in-chief of two campus publications, The Daily Beacon and Scoop Magazine, and held internships with Sports Illustrated and Men’s Journal. Ellis graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and electronic media. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and miniature schnauzer.