Shazier, a true junior, opted to enter the NFL Draft at the conclusion of his junior season ... finished career ranking 15th at Ohio State with 306 total tackles ... ranks sixth all-time in school history in career solo tackles (201) and career tackles-for-loss (44.5) and was on pace to set school records in both had he stayed for his senior season ... led the team in tackles in 2012 and 2013 to join an elite list of players, including James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk, Chris Spielman and Pepper Johnson, to lead the team in tackles in consecutive years ... had 15 games with 10-or-more tackles ... one of eight players chosen by teammates to represent the team as game captains in 2013 ... pursuing a degree in psychology.
Was the leader of an Ohio State defense that ranked ninth nationally against the run (109.4) ... named a first-team Associated Press All-American in 2013, a Butkus Award finalist and Bednarik and Lott award semifinalist ... USA Today, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated also named Shazier a first-team All-American in 2013 ... he tied Big Ten records with three conference defensive player of the week honors during his junior year and with five for his career ... was twice named the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week ... ranked third nationally in tackles-for-loss (22.5) and he ranked second nationally in solo tackles with 101 (both totals are third-most in Ohio State history) ... he also lead the Big Ten with 143 total tackles, a figure good for 15th nationally ... had a 20-tackle performance vs. Indiana that tied school records for solo tackles (16) and tackles-for-loss (5) ... game was first 20-tackle game by a Buckeye since 2004 (A.J. Hawk vs. Wisconsin) ... season stats also featured six quarterback sacks, six "hurries," four pass break-ups and four forced fumbles.
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.
- Steelers snag fast linebacker in Shazier...Colbert acknowledged they may have had bigger needs elsewhere, but just could not pass up a playmaker like Shazier, Ohio State's most dominant defender. "He's a defensive playmaker," mike Tomlin said. "Bigger than anything, bigger than position needs, what we needed was a defensive playmaker." The Steelers have just three starters left from their 2012 defense - Timmons, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu. They have weeded out everybody else over the course of the past two seasons that made them such great defenses and helped deliver Lombardi Trophies. Among the departed: Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley.
Old and slow is how Warren Sapp called that aging defense three years ago. Shazier is now the second straight linebacker they've taken in the first round. Jarvis Jones, selected with the 17th pick in 2013, started at right outside linebacker as a rookie. Shazier, Jones, Timmons and Jason Worilds give the Steelers a starting quartet of linebackes with speed and explosiveness as they try to rediscover the Blitzburgh formula. "He is a guy who will be on his feet making sideline-to-sideline tackles associated with today's football," Tomlins said of his newest rookie. "Quite frankly, the man doesn't have any holes." Yet after passing up cornerback, wide receiver and defensive line Thursday night, the Steelers still have many. - The Sports Xchange