Ryan Shazier's Top Five Slobber Knockers of 2012

By Jeff Beck on May 27, 2013 at 2:00p

Ryan Shazier is a bad man. It was clear even as a true freshman when he tallied 57 tackles, the most by a true freshman since Andy Katzenmoyer’s 86 in 1996.

The RyanThe last thing you see before you die.

In 2012, Shazier continued his ascent, becoming the second leading tackler in the B1G and earning a media first team all conference selection.

Shazier’s 115 tackles in 2012 are an impressive number, but arguably more jaw-dropping is the way in which he goes about making those stops.

Simply put, Shazier wants to hurt ball-carriers. That’s not to say his tackles are dirty, it just means he flies around, throwing his body into a hit as fast as he possibly can.

I don’t envy opposing offenses before a game, as visions of this must keep them up ‘til the wee hours of the morning.

Shazier tallied a number of slobber knockers during the 2012 season, but none in my opinion were better than these.

#5 Michigan

With the score at 21-20 TTUN and the Wolverines facing a 4th and 3 near mid-field, Brady Hoke borrowed an assistant coach’s headset and told his staff they were going for it.

Denard Robinson would take the snap and race toward what looked to be an open hole. Unfortunately for Hoke and Co. Shazier took the opportunity to introduce himself to Denard.

#4 Nebraska 

Next we have Ameer Abdullah trying to find some daylight, then ending up with his cleats toward the sky. A tragic victim of a Shazier suplex

#3 Illinois 

At number three here’s Illinois RB, Donovonn Young receiving the ball on a screen pass. The only problem being, Shazier had already eluded all of the blockers and was on a war-path for Young’s soul. 

#2 Cal

This next hit is one of the finest of the season.  With a second and 2 from their own 17, Zach Maynard made the terrible decision to run East/West instead of North/South.

The slowly developing play allowed Shazier to do a few squats, spot a bro on the bench and then come at Maynard with the fury of 1,000 suns.

Bonus points if you catch Maynard trying to pop back up like it was no big deal, only to be betrayed by his body which was still recovering from the devastating blow.

#1 Wisconsin

A lot of people would put the Maynard hit at No. 1, but I chose this hit based solely on the fact that when I saw it live everyone in the room yelled “OOOOOHHHHH” then simultaneously checked their teeth to make sure they were still there.

What I’m saying is, the hit was so vicious we could feel it through the TV set.

With little regard for life and/or limb, Shazier catapulted his body full force into Wisconsin RB, Melvin Gordon.

The hit seemed to shake up Shazier more than Gordon, and luckily both parties were alright.

This smack is a prime example of the way Shazier plays the game: fast and reckless.

This Fall, Shazier will be the only returning starter among the defense’s front seven. Long led by the likes of John Simon and Nate Williams, No. 10 will need to take the reins as an example to follow in 2013.

However, if his play continues on the trajectory of the last two seasons, the title defensive leader will have to take a back-seat to defensive All-American.

Extra Credit Shazier Hit…Love you Bielema!


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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article.  Those two hits against Wisconsin were two of my favorite.  They came at key moments to help win that huge game. 
I still can't believe Hoke went for it on 4th with that far to go.  Glad Ryan and company was there to stuff them.  Another huge hit.
Just gets me pumped up thinking about what is to come this fall!  This team and D has a lot of upside and young talent that will make a name for itself. 
How much longer until the season opener?  Can't get here soon enough!!
Go Bucks!!

Nkohl13's picture

I don't agree with #1 at all. If the other guys weren't there to bring him down that RB might've still been going. Shazier didn't wrap up and really caused more injury to himself than he did the RB. 

AngryWoody's picture

I don't think you understand Silver Bullettm  defense....

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BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Shazier is a bad man no doubt, but he would be well served to wrap up instead of project himself like a missile.  


45has2's picture

I second that. Sooner or later (post season) there will be a RB that can bounce off the hit and keep going.

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45has2's picture

The Maynard hit is #1. If the RB gets up before the tackler, the RB won.

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

I think this hit is #1 because of the distance Maynard gets thrown back. He looks like a little ragdoll.

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otrain2416's picture

The extra credit one should be on the top 5 for sure. That was a big hit and huge fumble he caused

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

theobi's picture

I think the extra credit one should be number 1. That was such an important play

sharks's picture

Probably should have put the Jadeveon Clowney hit in there just out of respect for the dead, i.e. Vincent Smith

A man got to have a code...

Buckabroad's picture

thank you very much for this post. Shazier is one of my all-time favorite Buckeyes. These clips show why he is so great. He gives everything to help his team, and even risks injury to do so. I have always felt that a big difference between TTUN and OSU is that they have the bigger mouths, the Buckeyes have the bigger hearts. Shazier certainly supports that theory.

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jestertcf's picture

Dear RDS: Please come back next year.
signed, every buckeye fan

~Because we couldn't go for three~

bucknut24's picture

Dude it an amazing hitter!  Can't wait to see him this fall blowing people up.

dbit's picture

Best part of the #5 hit against Michigan... Shazier slips past their All-American 1st round draft pick Taylor Lewan.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

I wonder how many concussions Shazier has REALLY had. There have been times I've wondered if we will see his last slobber knocker made at Ohio State.

harleymanjax's picture

I think RDS is the real reason BERT left Wisconsin for Arkansas!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

zbd's picture

I love watching these kinds of hits. Wow. Dropped in their tracks.

chicagobuckeye's picture

Love the top 5. The one thing that bothered me when watching games this season, and the Wisconsin one is the most notable is how they pronounce his name. I hate when they pronounce it shay-zer.

BeijingBucks's picture

Best part about Shazier, am I right in recalling he played the better part of last year with a sports Hernia?!  He musta wanted to transfer summa dat pain to the opposition.  
Here comes the pain train! woowoo!!

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Cavluv23's picture

Holy shit I almost choked on my toothpaste watching this !!!! ...... Why .....why didn't anybody warn me ????? 

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Wilkins78's picture

Is it bad that after I fill up on watching Shazier in clip #2 a few times, I keep rewatching it for Nathan Williams brutal treatment of his blocker?

Squirrel Master's picture

The #5 hit against Denard probably wasn't the most powerful hit from him but I would give it more credit! He slipped Lewan, possible first round pick OT, in a nasty juke move to get by him and make that tackle. If he didn't do that, Robinson could easily have gotten the first down!

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gobucks96's picture

Gotta wonder what Lewan was doing on that play. He had to know where the hole was, and he let a faster man get the inside angle... Fantastic play by Shazier, but not even touching him was a huge bust for UoM at a big moment in the game..

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WC Buckeye's picture

Ohhh. It's going to be a FUN fall this year. RDS, bringing that hurt.

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frozen buckeye's picture

Any word on how Shazier is doing? 

jccavanaugh's picture

I agree with some of the other comments - big hits are fun, but wrapups and sure tackles are better. By three or four games into last season, I thought I was gonna lose it with how poorly the defense was tackling.

MN Buckeye's picture

RDS is clearly a great hitter and game-changer.  We need him around for every game this fall.

cinserious's picture

I still remember a young pup Shazier in 2011 still shaking from the Florida climate transition to Ohio in the winter. Its hard to beleive this knit-cap wearing kid from SEC country would become the stone-cold assasin he is today. Heres a little clip from the 2011 freshman LBr introduction.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIwSyrGmmWY

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