Ohio State is heading into the new year with a wholesale change coming along the defensive front.
Ryan Shazier returns as the lone starter for the Buckeyes in the front seven, and heading into the 2013 season, he is the playmaker, leader and game-changer for the Ohio State defense.
Urban Meyer’s squad is in search of a second undefeated season, with Shazier being a major part of the plan moving forward. This defense has become reliant on his playmaking ability and this year the Buckeyes need his best effort for a Big Ten title to make its way back to Columbus.
Over the past two seasons, Shazier has been an integral part of the defensive success out of Columbus, earning starts as a freshman and holding down that starting position as a sophomore.
Shazier earned his first start for the Buckeyes at linebacker in 2011. He played in all 13 games and started the last three that season.
In his three freshman starts, Shazier averaged 10 tackles a game and was named freshman of the…
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