Oct 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Bill Belton (1) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes named ‘Linebacker U’ by ESPN


ESPN has been releasing their top positions from each school for the better part of the last decade, and they certainly are having a fun time giving the Ohio State Buckeyes as much love as they possibly could; and this time they’re focusing on the linebackers.

After being named as having the best defensive backs, the latest ESPN release states that the Buckeyes have been the owners of the best linebackers of the past decade or so.

When you look at their description, you can see why:

Move over Penn State. Ohio State is the new “Linebacker U” — and the Buckeyes claimed the title in a blowout. In many of these positional rankings, only a handful of points separate first and second place. At linebacker, the Buckeyes finished nearly 50 points ahead of second-place Alabama. But when your players stockpile national awards and All-America honors and then many more go on to become NFL draft picks, you put your program in position to rank at the top of this list. Players such as A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis and most recently Ryan Shazier have done that in Columbus.

Following that, they go on to release the names of the many linebackers that have gone on to collect some hardware as well as be named All-Americans or All-Conference.

Just recently, Ryan Shazier showed just how valuable the Ohio State linebackers have been. With the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly targeting a wide receiver in last month’s NFL Draft, they decided that Shazier was too good to pass up, and he’s already drawing rave reviews.

Which Ohio State linebacker has been the best of the last decade? We’d like to know, so let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • brineyman

    A.J. Hawk was the best of the past ten years, IMO. Hands-down, crazy-good at getting to the ball no matter where the ball happened to be. And that’s no knock on Shazier, Laurinitis, or anybody else. Hawk was just one of the best anywhere, anytime. Best I’ve ever seen anyway.