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Ohio State names Ryan Shazier, Malcolm Jenkins Spring Game honorary coaches

These Buckeye legends will be back in The ‘Shoe on April 14.

NCAA Football: Bowling Green at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

As spring practice is about to get underway, Ohio State has announced that the honorary captains for this year’s Spring Game will be two big-time Buckeye legends. Leading the Scarlet and Gray squads will be linebacker Ryan Shazier and safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Both players should draw a big crowd for the annual scrimmage, with Shazier’s entire football career changing this past season due to a back injury, and Jenkins’ last 12 months as a criminal reform advocate and Super Bowl LI winner.

At Ohio State, Shazier recorded 306 total tackles in three seasons. In his junior (and final) year at OSU in 2013, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native made the Associated Press All-American First Team, and picked up three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Jenkins spent four years in Columbus from 2005-08. He ended his OSU career with 196 tackles and 11 interceptions. In 2006-07, he was the Big Ten’s leader in interception yardage. On top of the stats, he earned a Consensus All-American honor and was part of a Buckeye defense that made it to two BCS National Championship Games.

This year’s Spring Game will take place on April 14.