Here's Ryan Shazier's Official Highlight Reel

By DJ Byrnes on April 24, 2014 at 9:54a

I've thought Ryan Shazier was "The Man" since he played against That Team Up North in 2012 on one leg as a freshman.

Shazier was only at Ohio State for three years, but they were all damned fine campaigns. This video is testimony to that.

He's off to greener pastures now, and he will be missed.

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Awesome vid.  Is there a reason why Shazier wore number 48 for a short while?

kb1's picture

It was a tribute to a teammate I believe. I forget why or who right now tho. 

achillesx's picture

He did it for the PSU game to honor his friend from HS who had died. 

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alust2013's picture

I believe he wore it at the 2012 PSU game in honor of a friend of his who died. I thought that was pretty cool. I also really liked that he wore Christian Bryant's number for the second half of last season.

...and Michigan still sucks.

+2 HS
Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Sick. I'm really going to miss RDS!!!


DWright's picture

One of my favorite Buckeyes, I will miss him too.

Barnsey69's picture

Yes, a fond farewell to the legitimate 2014 Butkus Award Winner...Ryan "Damn" Shazier.

Great video DJ, can't wait to see his NFL hi-lite reel. 

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

DJ Byrnes's picture

For the record, I do not have the skills to put something like this together. Appears it was someone from Shazier's team:

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

DWright's picture

Looks like a professionally done video judging by the production quality. A lot of that footage doesn't come from the TV broadcast either. Really cool video I liked it a lot.

UrbanDreamz's picture

Great video.  This was my favorite RDS moment.

"Twelve months ago on Jan. 9, my mom's birthday, I made the decision to come back. I had one goal in mind and that was to win a national championship."  ~Mike Doss

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cal3713's picture

That and his performance against Penn State in his first start as a freshman.  He absolutely killed them on that goal line stand... over, and over, and over.  I think they had 6 or 7 chances from inside the 5. 

WezBuck28's picture

Left me with chills..human wrecking ball was RDS, you will be missed!

alust2013's picture

I know McMillan plays a different spot, but I hope he can be the next wrecking ball like Shazier.

A slightly unrelated aside, I wish Zach Boren would have been a linebacker from day 1 at OSU. He played pretty decently when he switched in 2012, and he was a LB in high school, so I bet he could have been a very solid 2-3 year starter.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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yrro's picture

Dude was a beast at fullback from the moment he stepped on the field, though. I'd rather he play there than sit behind Homan and Rolle.

alust2013's picture

That's a good point, and no doubt he was great at fullback, it just seemed like he could have helped the team more at LB, but I suppose there were some good LBs still here, so he probably wouldn't have gotten a ton of playing time until 2011.

...and Michigan still sucks.

PG_BUCK's picture

I don't think I can count the number of time that I thought RDS had killed a man on the field. He was a monster.


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Tampabuckeye85's picture

Huge loss imagine new aggressive secondary, RDS holding down the middle and the defensive line. We could have had the best defense in the nation. (still possible) It would be more reassuring with him there. We will miss you Shazier.

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MassiveAttack's picture

Man, RDS really crushed the Cal QBs!

The Ohio State University - "Haters love us!"

chirobuck's picture

that is a grown ass man that plays fast and violent.....some NFL team will be a little bit better when they draft him


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Killer nuts's picture

Some NFL team will be a lot better when they draft him. 

Fixed it for you

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d5k's picture

I wouldn't be shocked if the media is a bit behind on his stock and he actually goes top 15.  They had him as a 2nd rounder when the cycle started and he only moved up to a late first rounder after answering all the critics and then some in his workouts (gained 15 lbs and still ran 4.4 with an injury).  The only knock at this point is his height but he is a prototype hybrid linebacker to go up against the NFL's version of spread offenses and cover tight ends and running backs.

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d5k's picture

I am guessing that scouts typically would have to double check when a guy changes numbers a few times across his tape but in this case if you put in any tape of OSU defense over the last few years it became immediately obvious who was RDS.  "He's the freight train that just demolished the guy with the ball".

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THEOSUfan's picture

"Ryan Shazier is good at football"

In other headlines, scientists have discovered that men like sex and air is good to breathe.

Will miss Ryan terribly.  He was sometimes a source of brilliance in the midst of confused dysfunction.


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Killer nuts's picture

RDS is a bad man. He exemplifies having bad intentions when he gets to the ball carrier

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MacG91's picture

He has to be the most underrated player in the draft!!


RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Whoever drafts this guy is going to be very happy.

Horvath22's picture

And underrated when committed to OSU.

SilverState's picture

There's just something different about the way Shazier tackles. His momentum goes through opponents and makes them look silly. Madden should bring him in for their physics engine.

jamesrbrown322's picture

He was the best sideline to sideline LB that I've ever seen at OSU. If only he were a little bigger, he'd be a Derrick Brooks clone.

Closing SPEEEED!


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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IH8UOFM's picture

Came in hoping to see suplex tackle. Leaving satisfied.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Anyone else kinda hoping he slides to the Bengals?

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Brandon26841's picture

LB isn't really a huge need, but...

SAM: Rey

MIKE: Burfict


What a nasty LB corp that would be, and they need speed in that group right now. Regardless of wherever the media / casual fans are saying his stock is, I think he'll be gone (and maybe long gone) by the time pick #24 comes around. 

BUCKfutter's picture

For the record it was 2011 when he was a true freshman

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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rjsmitty's picture

The hit, causing a fumble, on Monte Ball at the goalline to shun him from his NCAA record is not on the highlight. Best play IMO.

"I don't wanna coach average! To hell with that!"  -UFM

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

One thing you will notice in every single clip of him, that I love, is that he is wrapping up the ball carrier along with giving a punishing hit.  It is possible to do both.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

What made SHZR so special was the fundamentals. He started as an athlete, morphed into a playmaker, and finally became an all-around machine at LB. I love that he did what we all learn early on - tackle through the ball carrier, wrap up and DRIVE!

I will miss him, and think that in the NFL, especially with the Saints, 49ers, or Broncos, he could be a perennial All-Pro.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Hockey Buck's picture

RDS could be my favorite OSU LB ever. Just let that sink in.

BroJim's picture

I wish he would have played more his first year. Kid is a beast

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Player 2's picture

In retrospect, he has to be one of the best lbs to ever don the scarlet and gray.   You see so many glimpses of the great ones at tOSU in that highlight reel.  Shazier is leaving some full-grown-man shoes that someone will need to fill if the Bucks have any hope of seriously contending this fall.

"A person should not be believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself"

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

The definition of a tackling machine!!  RDS will be missed greatly at OSU.  Best of luck in the NFL!! I can't wait to see him play on Sundays!

Go Bucks!!

OvalBeachBum's picture

Me when I watch RDS...

"Well, thats just like, your opinion, man."  -The Dude

BuckeyePride's picture

Gonna miss RDS. Also, awesome they used Andy Mineo for the music. Very talented and awesome message behind the lyrics!

How Firm Thy Friendship....

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acBuckeye's picture

He was a freshman in 2011. But I understand why you'd want to forget that.....

SweetBabyJames's picture

its hard to forget when we played sweat and whoever ahead of him all season...and he was flying around on special teams smashing people..i was thinking...get this guy in the game....once the penn state could see his outstanding ball hawking talent

ITWASME's picture

I just want to see someone step up and fill that enforcer roll. I'm guessing Chris Worley. That dude hits HARD

WhySoSerious's picture

Love this dude to death. There's been plenty of greats but he's my all time favorite linebacker to ever play @ OSU. And I completely agree with Worley being that dude that would knock the piss out of you. 


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