Shazier, Dunn Earn Big Ten Honors
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier and freshman tailback Bri’onte Dunn took home weekly honors from the Big Ten Conference on Monday.
Photo by Jim Davidson
A 14-tackle performance, including a career-best 11 solo stops and two tackles-for-loss, earned Shazier the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Illinois on Saturday.
This is the second consecutive week that Shazier has been honored by the Big Ten. He was co-defensive player of the week after recording eight tackles, two sacks and intercepting a pass for a touchdown in the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Dunn picked up his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, after rushing for a career-high 73 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s 52-22 win over the Fighting Illini.
He didn’t play much in the first three quarters, other than on kick return, but the Canton GlenOak product scored a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Buckeyes a 30-point win heading into the bye week.
Photo by Jim Davidson
The 13 carries were by far the most of Dunn’s Ohio State career, and the first since he had 12 combined carries in the first two games of the season against Miami (Ohio) and UCF. It was also Dunn’s first touchdown since he scored on a 4-yard run at the end of Ohio State’s 56-10 win over the Redhawks.
Shazier’s play in the Buckeyes’ 52-22 win over Illinois marked his fifth double-digit tackling game of the season and leaves him two shy of becoming the first sophomore at Ohio State since James Laurinaitis in 2006 to top 100 tackles in a season. Shazier leads the team with 98 tackles, a total that ranks third in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally.
Shazier was back to his typical jersey No. 10 vs. the Illini after honoring a late friend during the Penn State game by wearing jersey No. 48.
The 10-0 and No. 5 (Associated Press) ranked Buckeyes are off this week. They play at Wisconsin Nov. 17 in a 3:30 p.m. EST game that will be televised by ABC and ESPN2.
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