Shazier Finalist for Bednarik Award
By Rob Ogden
Photo by Jim Davidson
Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was announced Tuesday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player.
Shazier leads the Buckeyes with 66 total tackles and leads the Big Ten with nine tackles for loss. He has two sacks and two forced-fumbles, as well.
Since 2011, no Buckeye has more tackles than Shazier, who has 238.
Shazier is also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's most outstanding linebacker.
No Buckeye has ever previously won the Bednarik, which was established in 1995.
Wisconsin's Chris Borland, a Kettering, Ohio native, and Buffalo's Khalil Mack are also semifinalists for the award.
Three finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the winner will be named at the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12.
Miller, Wilson horned by Big Ten
Quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Dontre Wilson were honored by the Big Ten for their performances in the Buckeyes' 63-14 win over Penn State Saturday.
Miller was named Big Ten offensive player of the week for the second time this season as he threw for a career-high 252 yards and three touchdowns. Miller also added 62 yards on the ground and scored two rushing touchdowns - his firsts of the season.
Meyer said after the game that he's pleased with Miller's level of play. "I just love where Braxton's at right now," he said. "I love the fact that he's acting like a quarterback."
Wilson was named Big Ten freshman of the week after he finished Saturday's game with 96 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
The score - his second of the season - came on a 26-yard swing pass from Miller in the third quarter. He also had a 49-yard kickoff return that he almost took back for a touchdown.
Monday, Meyer said he's pleased with the strides Wilson has taken to become a more full-time player.
"He's an energizer, and I don't want to say mandated it, but he'll be more and more and more utilized," Meyer said. "Played very well, by the way. I mean, when I say very well, of course he carried the ball well and all that. But he did a lot of things well."
Wilson is the second Buckeye to receive the honor this season. Defensive lineman Joey Bosa was recognized following the Buckeyes' Oct. 5 win at Northwestern.
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