His 143 tackles this season rank sixth nationally and in a tie for 13th on the Ohio State single season charts. Included was a 20-tackle game vs. Indiana in which he tied school records for solo tackles (16) and tackles-for-loss (5). Shazier also had 101 solo tackles this season to rank third nationally. It was the third-highest total in school history behind Tom Cousineau's 142 in 1978 and Chris Spielman's 105 in 1986. His 315 career tackles rank 14th in school history.
Shazier was named a first-team Associated Press All-American this past season, all-Big Ten Conference (coaches and media), a Butkus Award finalist and Bednarik and Lott award semifinalist. USA Today, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated also named him a first-team All-American after a campaign in which he tied Big Ten records with three conference defensive player of the week honors and with five for his career. He was twice named the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week.
Shazier is coming off back-to-back superb seasons for the Buckeyes and his efforts, highlighted by the fact he ranked among the Big Ten's Top 10 in five different defensive stat categories in 2012, have this true junior positioned as a linebacker to watch nationally in 2013 ... an honorable mention All-America by SI.com and a first-team (media) all-Big Ten Conference honoree in 2012, Shazier led the Big Ten with 17 tackles-for-loss (the total ranks 10th for a single season at Ohio State) and finished second in the league with 115 total tackles ... he also ranked in a tie for fourth in the conference in forced fumbles (3), seventh in quarterback sacks (5.0) and eighth in passes defended (12) ... he became the first Buckeye sophomore since James Laurinaitis in 2006 to top 100 tackles in a season, and his 70 solo tackles last year was the most by a Buckeye in 10 years (Matt Wilhelm had 79 in 2002).
Twice named as the Big Ten's defensive player of the week, Shazier recorded six 10-plus tackle games with a season high 14 (and a personal-best 11 solos) in the win over Illinois ... no game was bigger, though, than his eight-tackle performance at Penn State which included 2.0 sacks for minus-22 yards and a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter that broke a 7-7 tie and sparked the Buckeyes to victory ... he also had a huge forced fumble at the goal line - on fourth-and-inches - against Wisconsin in addition to 12 tackles (and three TFLs) in that overtime win ... Ryan recorded a career-best five pass break-ups against Indiana and he had 13 tackles in the wins over California and UAB, respectively.
Playing linebacker at around 220-pounds, he's proved to be a very tough individual, playing in all 25 games the past two seasons with 15 consecutive starts ... he played in all 13 games as a true freshman and started the final three games ... he recorded 57 tackles, the most by a true freshman in the last 15 years (Andy Katzenmoyer had 86 as a true freshman in 1996) ... played brilliantly in his starts, making 30 tackles in those three games after starting "will" linebacker Andrew Sweat was sidelined with a concussion ... made his first career start memorable with a two-year team-high 15 tackles vs. Penn State ... he was named the Big Ten's freshman of the week for his effort ... had eight tackles the following week vs. Michigan despite being severely hampered with a bad knee ... totaled 10 tackles at not-quite-100-percent vs. Florida in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl ... had six solo tackles and seven total vs. Purdue after Sweat went out with his injury ... made noise all year with big special teams hits and blocks ... his block of a Wisconsin punt led to a Buckeye touchdown from the 1, a game Ohio State would eventually win, 33-29.
A psychology major, Ryan was an all-state linebacker for Plantation H.S. ... he had 87 tackles, 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks as a senior for coach Steve Davis ... named Broward County most outstanding player ... totaled 35.5 career sacks, a school best ... played in Under Armour All-American Game.
Is the son of Shawn and Vernon Shazier ... enrolled at Ohio State in January of 2011.
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 33. *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State, 6-2, 230, 4.58, 1-2...Former prep sensation as defensive end, played both inside and outside linebacker for Buckeyes and is the ultimate team-first player. Rangy athlete with explosive first step and stunning closing burst. His 101 tackles in 2013 ranks behind only Tom Cousineau (142), Chris Spielman (105). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange