ESPN.com names Ohio State 'Linebacker U' of 2000s

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

When you hear “Linebacker U,” you think Penn State, right? You wouldn’t be alone. According to ESPN.com, though, the modern day “Linebacker U” moniker belongs to another Big Ten power. Ohio State took the No. 1 spot in the site’s “Linebacker U” of the 2000s list, and it wasn’t even close.

[ MORE: ESPN.com: Position U: Linebacker ]

The Buckeyes, thanks to stars A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis and Ryan Shazier, to name a few, amassed 222 points, 48 ahead of Alabama and Oklahoma, which tied for second.

Penn State? It finished No. 6, with 134 points.

Big Ten newcomer Maryland, the third and final Big Ten team listed, finished tied for ninth (100).

Points were awarded like this:
10 – college football award winner
8 – consensus All-Americans; NFL first-round draft pick
6 – coaches’ first-team all-conference
4 – NFL draft picks Rounds 2-4
2 – NFL draft picks, Rounds 5-7

Before Penn State fans get too upset with this list, remember, it’s only accounting for the 2000s. Also, take one look at all the top-end talent Ohio State has boasted the last 14 seasons, and it’s easy to see how it ran away with this title.

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Jason on 6/18/2014 @ 6:12pm EDT Said:

No surprise. Ohio State is the new Linebacker U.

Big Ten Fan on 6/18/2014 @ 8:24pm EDT Said:

Leave it to the world wide leaders of spin to come up with such a pathetically inaccurate list. Here is the deal. No school can come close to equaling Penn State much less since 2000. Penn State was already well ahead of any other school but really widened the margin since 2003.

Paul Posluszny
Dan Conner,
Sean Lee
Derrick (Cameron) Wake
NaVorro Bowman
Mike Mauti
Tim Shaw
Gerald Hodges
Glen Carson
Mike Hull

Poz, Bowman, Mauti, Hodges, Lee and Conner were all better college players than every single Buckeye during that period. Pathetic. Oh, and guess how many of those guys graduated?

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