Mewhort & Shazier 1st-Team ESPN.com All-Americans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier were each named Monday to the 2013 ESPN.com All-American team.

Mewhort is the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for Ohio State to shatter a plethora of school records this season, including points scored (602), total offense yards (6,740), first downs (334), passing touchdowns (36) and touchdowns (82).

Ohio State’s offense is also poised to set school single season records this in a number of additional key categories, including rushing yards gained (the team needs 72 to top the 4,199 yards by the 1974 team) and total yards per game (the 1998 team’s record is 497.5; the 2013 team is averaging 518.5).

A first-team all-Big Ten Conference selection by the media, Mewhort was named last week to the Walter Camp All-American second team.

Shazier, named last week a first-team All-American by USA Today, was also selected to the Walter Camp All-American second team. Shazier’s fine 2013 campaign includes Big Ten-leading totals of 134 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 94 solo tackles. He ranks third nationally in TFLs and solo tackles and 13th in total tackles.

Shazier’s 22.5 tackles-for-loss leaves him just 3.5 TFLs from tying the school record held by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel (26 in 1995). He tied two school records in his 20-tackle game vs. Indiana: most solo tackles in one game (16) and most tackles-for-loss (5.0).

Shazier was named all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.

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Eight Will Serve as Ohio State Game Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday after practice that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains.

“It’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” Meyer told the team before calling up, one-by-one, the young men who will lead the Buckeyes into each game this year, beginning Saturday at noon against Buffalo. “We had eight individuals receive a lot of votes, and all were within 12 votes of each other. So they’ll lead us into each game as captains and at the end of the year a decision will be made as to who will be the season’s captains.”

And then he proceeded to call to the front of the team seven of the eight, with one absent because of class. Ohio State’s eight game captains are:

Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;

Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;

Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;

Fifth-year senior quarterback * Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;

Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and

Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

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Seven Named First-Team All-Big Ten

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2012 award winners and all-conference teams this evening and Ohio State Buckeyes, off a 12-0 regular season, are well represented among the honorees. Senior defensive end John Simon was named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was named the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year. Those two were among seven Buckeyes who were named first-team all-Big Ten with another eight players being named either second-team or honorable mention all-Big Ten.

In addition to Miller and Simon, those picked by either the coaches or the media on the first teams were sophomore defensive back Bradley Roby, junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins, junior guard Andrew Norwell, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier and senior defensive back Travis Howard.

A quartet of juniors were named to the all-Big Ten second teams: running back Carlos Hyde, left tackle Jack Mewhort, safety Christian Bryant and receiver Corey Brown.

Named honorable mention all-Big Ten were junior safety C.J. Barnett, junior center Corey Linsley, senior tackle Reid Fragel and senior linebacker Etienne Sabino.

And senior linebacker Zach Boren, who selflessly switched positions just past midseason, from starting fullback to starting linebacker, was honored with a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

“I am happy for all of the members of this team who are being honored, and also for their teammates, whose hard work helped these guys earn this Big Ten recognition,” coach Urban Meyer said. “It is a tribute to the work ethic of both John Simon and Braxton Miller, coupled with the fact that they are both excellent football players, that they were named players of the year at their positions.”

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