Who's the Fastest? Shazier says him.
By Rob Ogden
Photo by Jim Davidson
Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier feels like he's one of the fastest guys in the Big Ten, and he's willing to prove it, if only coach Urban Meyer would let him.
"I ask coach all the time, can we race, but he said it's not gonna prove anything," Shazier said. "I just wanna know where I stand."
Without the results of a race to back him up, Shazier, who said his fastest 40-yard dash time is 4.35 seconds, said he believes he's faster than every running back the Buckeyes have faced or will face this season.
"I think the only one that's even been around the same speed as me is (Akeem Hunt) from Purdue."
Shazier said he did once race former Buckeye linebacker Etienne Sabino.
"We ended up tying, but the reason we tied is because he jumped out ahead of me by about five yards," he said.
Shazier said he tries to keep his weight between 226 and 230 pounds, though he said he hopes to get back up near 235 at some point.
"My fastest 40 I was about 233 or 235," he said. "When I get back up to that weight I know I can still be as fast as I am right now."
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