Linebacker Ryan Shazier named Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week

Earlier today from the Big Ten offices in Rosemont, Ill., the conference announced that junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was selected as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week following Ohio State’s 42-14 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Quarterback Tre Roberson #5 of the Indiana Hoosiers fumbles the ball near the goal line as he is hit by Ryan Shazier #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the third period at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Roberson recovered his own fumble and Ohio State defeated Indiana 42-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Quarterback Tre Roberson #5 of the Indiana Hoosiers fumbles the ball near the goal line as he is hit by Ryan Shazier #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the third period at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Roberson recovered his own fumble and Ohio State defeated Indiana 42-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Shazier, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recorded 20 total tackles that includes 16 solos, 5.0 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Shazier became the first Buckeye with 20 tackles since A.J. Hawk did it in 2004, and matched the 16 solo stops set by Tom Cousineau in 1978.

This is the second-straight week Shazier was named the B1G’s best defensive player. He also won it last week after Shazier recorded a then career-high 16 tackles with 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes’ road win at Illinois. Shazier also forced a fumble on a third-quarter sack, which led to a safety for the Buckeyes.

Shazier tied the Big Ten record for most career Defensive Player of the Week honors with five, and most in a single season with three.

Currently, Shazier is fourth in the Big Ten in total tackles (88), tied for seventh in sacks (4.5), and leads the conference in tackles for loss (14.5).