Ohio State's Shazier Named Finalist for Butkus Award

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Ohio State's Ryan Shazier was named a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's outstanding linebacker. Shazier currently leads the Big Ten in tackles and tackles for loss. The junior averages 9.8 stops per game and has totaled 19.5 tackles for loss this season. He is also first in fumbles forced (4) and tied for seventh in sacks (5.5). Nine standouts from current Big Ten schools have claimed the Butkus Award, most recently when the Buckeyes James Laurinaitis was honored in 2007. The Butkus Award is named for former Illinois linebacker Dick Butkus, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears.

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