Ohio State one of eight football programs visited by ESPN this spring.
Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
Players on the receiving (and blocking) end of things met with the media after practice
Buckeyes are already 40 percent through the drills; hadn't even started on this date last year
The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Career Overview: Ryan 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. Junior Season: Ryan 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. Sophomore Season: As a sophomore in 2012, Shazier ranked among the Big Ten's Top 10 in five different defensive stat categories ... an honorable mention All-America by SI.com and a first-team (media) all-Big Ten Conference honoree, Shazier led the Big Ten with 17 tackles-for-loss 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) ... 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 ... recorded a career-best five pass break-ups against Indiana. Freshman Season: Ryan 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) ... had 15 tackles in his first career start, vs. Penn State.
RYAN SHAZIER'S DEFENSIVE STATS