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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 College Football Ohio State Buckeyes All-Americans

Jack Mewhort

Offensive tackle
Ohio State

Urban Meyer may not like to single out performances, but the Ohio State coach has no problem identifying the most important leader on his team. The Buckeyes have never made it a secret who sets the tone, but saving the senior left tackle for the final introduction on senior day only offered confirmation of how critical Mewhort's contributions off the field have been as his college career draws to a close. On the field, he's obviously been no slouch, either, anchoring a line that opened up holes for the nation's second-ranked rushing attack and offered tremendous pass protection for a unit that collectively allowed just 15 sacks. -- Austin Ward

Ryan Shazier

Ohio State

"Fear The Shazier" has become a rallying cry for Ohio State fans. It's also good advice for the Buckeyes' opponents. Ohio State's defense isn't elite this season, but things would be much worse without Shazier, the lone returning starter in the front seven. He led the Big Ten in tackles (122) and tackles for loss (21) and tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (4). He recorded 50 tackles in the final three regular-season contests. An All-Big Ten selection, Shazier was the lone Butkus Award finalist from a league loaded at linebacker. He understands and appreciates Ohio State's storied linebacker tradition and has become a team leader this season. --

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