Ohio State has produced its fair share of superstar linebackers in its history, from Chris Spielman to Andy Katzenmoyer, and most recently, A.J. Hawk to James Laurinaitis.
Heading into his third season at Ohio State, Ryan Shazier has already made himself into one of the country’s best linebackers with his relentless motor, unbelievable athleticism and playmaking ability.
He burst onto the scene as a freshman making a series of big plays, either on special teams or on defense. As a sophomore and a full-time starter, he made his presence felt every single time he was on the field.
In 2012, Shazier recorded 70 solo tackles, 19 tackles for loss, five sacks and forced three fumbles—including when he jarred the ball loose from Wisconsin’s Montee Ball on a 4th-and-1 late in the fourth quarter in OSU’s 21-14 overtime win over the Badgers.
He will come into this season with a tremendous amount of pressure on him because he is the only returning starter in the front seven this season for…
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