The whole country knows who Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o is. The amount of attention the Fighting Irish’s linebacker gets on television is incomparable, and rightfully so.
However, let me throw another name out there: Ryan Shazier. Ever heard of him? The Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker has cemented himself as one of the best in the country, and it’s time that he gets recognized for his play.
The 6’2 sophomore linebacker from Plantation, Fla, put up numbers this season that Te’o failed to reach. Both players led their teams in tackles, but Shazier recorded 115 against Te’o's 103. Shazier’s five sacks outweighed Te’o's 1.5.
While Te’o had 11 passes defended and forced zero fumbles, Shazier had 12 passes defended, forcing four fumbles. So why didn’t Shazier get an invite to New York City for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony?
Before answering that, take into account one more statistic: Shazier had a whopping 17 tackles for loss, where Te’o only recorded 5.5 for the year. Heck, Shazier even scored a touchdown this season.
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