Ohio State University Linebacker Shazier Heads To NFL

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The Ohio State University announced Saturday that linebacker Ryan Shazier is headed to the NFL.

The junior linebacker decided to bypass his senior season for a place in the NFL draft.

“Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” said Shazier, a 29-game starter for the Buckeyes who has led the team in tackles for the past two seasons. “I just feel that now is the perfect time for me.”

Shazier was named a first-team Associated Press All-American this past season, all-Big Ten Conference (coaches and media), a Butkus Award finalist and Bednarik and Lott award semifinalist. USA Today, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated also named him a first-team All-American after a campaign in which he tied Big Ten records with three conference defensive player of the week honors and with five for his career. He was twice named the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week.