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02/20/14 - 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
01/06/14 - Ryan Shazier to bypass senior year and enter NFL Draft...The All-American linebacker concluded career with 315 tackles and 44.5 TFLs...Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to forego his senior season with the Buckeyes in 2014 in order to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League. "Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football," said Shazier, a 29-game starter for the Buckeyes who has led the team in tackles for the past two seasons. "I just feel that now is the perfect time for me." "The coaches have really helped me to grow into the player I am today," Shazier said. "Coach Meyer, Coach Fickell and all of the coaches at Ohio State have been amazing. I have great relationships with them and I feel as if all of them have been there for me. I am so blessed to have had them as my coaches."
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. Additionally, Shazier's 22.5 tackles-for-loss this year rank third at Ohio State (and third nationally) and his 44.5 career TFLs rank sixth all-time at Ohio State. - Ohio State football
01/05/14 - Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to give up his senior season to make himself available for the NFL draft. In a statement released by Ohio State, the first-team All-American said he just felt the timing was right. "Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football," said Shazier, a 29-game starter for the Buckeyes. "I just feel that now is the perfect time for me." A 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he led the Buckeyes in tackles each of the last two seasons. His 143 tackles this season rank sixth nationally and in a tie for 13th on the Ohio State single-season charts. His 22.5 tackles for a loss this year rank third nationally.
The Buckeyes won 24 games in a row the last two seasons before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game and to Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Friday night. "I feel like my three years at Ohio State were about great relationships with coaches, my teammates and Buckeye Nation," Shazier said. "Playing here was an amazing experience. It is really hard to explain the brotherhood I have with my teammates. They took care of me and were always there for me and I feel like we will be brothers for the rest of our lives." - AP Sports
01/05/14 - Ohio State LB Shazier to enter draft...Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Saturday night, while quarterback Braxton Miller is reportedly staying put for his senior season. Shazier, a junior, led the Buckeyes in tackles in each of the past two seasons. He is projected as a possible first-round pick. "Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football," Shazier said in a statement. "I just feel that now is the perfect time for me."
Shazier led the Big Ten with 134 tackles, 22.5 for loss, before the Orange Bowl. Ohio State lost to Clemson 40-35 Friday. Shazier is ranked the top outside linebacker and 18th overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Miller, the two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, decided to stay in school another year, according to multiple media reports. Miller indicated before the Orange Bowl that he may declare for the draft, but reportedly decided not to make the jump just yet. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Miller the 12th-best quarterback and a projected fifth-rounder. He threw for 2,094 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year. He also rushed for 1,068 yards with 12 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
01/03/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Ryan Shazier led Ohio State in tackles with 134 this season and was a finalist for the Butkus Award. He's a throwback type of linebacker fierce, hard-hitting and instinctual and a leader by example on the Buckeyes' rugged run defense. If Clemson can't get him blocked in the Orange Bowl, it's doubtful that the Tigers' Roderick McDowell will find much daylight. - The Sports Xchange