April 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s four most recent first-team All-American selections – linebacker Ryan Shazier, offensive tackle Jack Mewhort, cornerback Bradley Roby and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins – will be honored Saturday during the 2014 LiFE Sports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide. Kickoff is set for approximately 1:30 p.m.
Shazier and Mewhort were All-Americans in 2013 while Hankins and Roby were All-Americans in 2012. A little about each:
Shazier, who has opted to forego his senior season to enter theNFL Draft, was named a first-team Associated Press All-American in2013 in addition to earning first-team accolades by USA Today,ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated. Shazier ranked third nationally intackles-for-loss (22.5) in 2013 and he ranked second nationally insolo tackles with 101. He also led the Big Ten with 143 totaltackles. He finished his career ranking 15th at Ohio State with 315total tackles and sixth all-time in solo tackles (208) and careertackles-for-loss (44.5). He was on pace to set school records inboth had he stayed for his senior season. He played in 38 OhioState games and started 28 times. Mewhort was a three year starteralong the offensive line for the Buckeyes, including during aschool-record setting run of 24-consecutive victories spanning allof the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons. One of the best players onOhio State’s prolific, record-setting offense of 2013, Mewhort wasnamed a first-team All-American by ESPN.com, a second-teamAll-American by Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and the FootballWriters Association of America, and a third-team Associated PressAll-American. He was the foundation of an offensive line thatranked fifth nationally in rushing (308.6 yards per game) and thatshattered school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87)and touchdown passes (38). He played in 45 games as a Buckeye andstarted 39 consecutive games. Roby, a starter in all 37 games heplayed in over his three-year career with the Buckeyes, finishedatop the Ohio State record books in career and single season passbreak-ups with 36 and 17 (in 2012), respectively. He, too, decidedto forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. In 2012 he ledthe nation in passes defended (PBUs and INTs) with 19 and he wasthe only player in the nation to score touchdowns three differentways (off a fumbled punt, blocked punt and interception return).ESPN.com named him a first-team All-American after the 2012 seasonwhile Athlons named him third-team in 2013. He was selected all-BigTen Conference by both the coaches and media the past two years.Hankins was named a first-team FoxSportsNEXT.com/Scout All-Americanin 2012 in addition to being named a second-team Associated PressAll-American and a third-team All-American by Phil Steele. Theall-Big Ten Conference performer had 55 tackles for the undefeatedBuckeyes as a junior. He elected to forego his senior season, afterplaying in 38 Ohio State games and starting 25 times, to enter theNFL Draft. He was selected in the second round by the New YorkGiants and played in five games for the Giants in 2013.
After the landscaping
The losing team in the spring game (coaches, trainers, administrative staff, etc.) will, for the third consecutive year, clean up, weed, mulch and improve the landscape of Buckeye Grove as a community service project. This typically occurs the first Friday after the spring game.
Once the cleanup and landscaping task is completed the four newest All-American Buckeyes will have a Buckeye tree planted in their honor in Buckeye Grove, located just south of the stadium. Ohio State has had 186 first-team All-Americans over the years.