Dec. 12, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier added a silver bullet point to his resume

Wednesday as he was named a first-team All-American linebacker by USA Today. He is joined on the first team by Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and UCLA’s Anthony Barr.

A two-time all-Big Ten Conference linebacker, Shazier led the conference with 134 tackles and 22.5 tackles-for-loss, totals that rank fifth and third nationally, respectively. Shazier was twice named the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week and he was named a finalist for the Butkus Award and a semifinalist for the Lott Impact Trophy and the Bednarik Award.

Three times this season he was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week, tying a conference mark for defensive players, and he has also tied the Big Ten record with five total defensive player of the week honors. His big games included 20 tackles against Indiana, a total that included school-record tying totals of 16 solo tackles and five tackles-for-loss. He had 16 tackles vs. Illinois with 3.5 TFLs and 14 vs. Michigan.

Shazier, from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School, also has six quarterback hurries, four pass break-ups and four forced fumbles this season. His 22.5 TFLs this season is the third-highest total in school history, trailing only Mike Vrabel’s 26 in 1995 and Andy Katzenmoyer’s 23 in 1996.