Nov. 21, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier has been named the Big Ten Conference freshman of the week. The league announced the honor Monday based on Shazier's personal-best 15-tackle performance Saturday against Penn State.
Shazier, making his first collegiate start, had a game-high seven solo tackles to go along with eight assists. The 15 tackles represents the most by a Buckeye since linebacker Ross Homan recorded 15 in 2009 vs. Wisconsin. The last Buckeye to top 15 tackles was linebacker James Laurinaitis; he had 17 in a 2007 game vs. the Badgers.
Shazier, the second Buckeye to earn freshman of the week accolades this season (Braxton Miller was honored after his big game vs. Wisconsin), now has 39 tackles on the season, including five tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He also blocked a punt that led to a touchdown in the win over Wisconsin.
Note: the phonetic pronunciation of Ryan Shazier's last name is shay-ZEER