After being snubbed for many post season awards,including Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Ohio State stud linebacker Ryan Shazier has been named first team All-American by the Associated Press. Shazier a leader for the Buckeyes all season long has accounted for over 130 tackles, 22.5 of those pinning the opposition for a loss, six sacks and forced four fumbles through 13 games this season.
Wearing number 10 since he stepped foot on campus, Shazier, changed his number after defensive back and defensive leader Christian Bryant went down with an injury to the number two. The number change was to show respect to his fallen friend and teammate in his time of stress.
Ranked by many as a first round pick in the up coming NFL Draft, the junior linebacker has some things to think about in the coming weeks. In a interview with the Ohio State student paper The Lantern, Shazier had the following to say on that very subject:
"Right now I'm dead flat in the middle. I don't know what I'm going to do. If I would say anything I would probably be leading towards staying. This season's really not playing much of a role in me coming back. It's just the outcome of whether the coaches and everybody say that's what's best for me and my family. What's best for us. I'm just going to look at the evaluations and whatever we just feel is the best decision, how much school I left, what is the best circumstance. I'm just going to look at everything and how that plays out then make my decision."
For the honor of being a 1st team AP All-American, Shazier will have a buckeye tree and plaque installed in Buckeye Grove immortalizing his on the field performance forever.