Oct. 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ryan Shazier, Ohio State's leading tackler for two-years running, was named today a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club's prestigious Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's defensive player of the year. Shazier was one of 16 semifinalists named by the Maxwell Club.
Shazier leads the Buckeyes in tackles with 66 and he is tied with Noah Spence for the team lead with 9.0 tackles for loss. The TFL total is the most in the Big Ten Conference, and his 66 tackles and 8.2 per game average this season rank sixth in the Big Ten. He also has 2.0 sacks, a pass break-up and two forced fumbles.
Ohio State's leading tackle in 15 of his 23 starts, Shazier enters the Purdue game with team-leading career totals of 238 tackles, 31 TFLs, 10 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
Shazier has previously been named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Award.
The winner of the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN Dec. 12. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 25.