B1G Player Rankings: No. 4, Ryan Shazier

We’re four days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day.

No. 4: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Who’s the best defensive player on Ohio State? It’s a close race between Ryan Shazier and cornerback Bradley Roby, our No. 6 player. But the supremely talented linebacker gets our vote. Shazier, who averaged 9.6 tackles last year, may be the most likely candidate to dethrone Iowa’s Anthony Hitchens as the Big Ten’s tackle leader. The speedy and athletic linebacker isn’t just a tackling machine, though; he’s also adept defending the pass and rushing the passer. And with that combination, coupled with the fact Ohio State is the preseason Big Ten favorite, Shazier enters the season as the frontrunner for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

View Shazier’s career stats:
2011 stats:
57 tackles; 5 TFL; 3 sacks; 2 FF
2012 stats:
115 tackles; 17 TFL; 5 sacks; 1 INT; 11 BU; 12 PD; 3 FF

BTN.com’s top 25 players of 2013
Aug. 28
Aug. 27
Aug. 26
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska
Tyler Scott, DE, Northwestern
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Brandon Vitabile, C, Northwestern
16. Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern
18. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
19. Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State
Isaiah Lewis, S, Michigan State
24. James White, RB, Wisconsin
Anthony Hitchens, LB, Iowa

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JoeW on 8/25/2013 @ 12:06pm EDT Said:

Solid pick with Lewan, Martinez, and Miller the remaining top 3. My guess BTN will have Martinez 3, Lewan 2, Miller 1.

kralnor on 8/26/2013 @ 10:56am EDT Said:

All he needs is a fake internet girlfriend and a slight dropoff in stats from last year, and we might get some heismann buzz going for him!

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