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OSU linebackers attempting to bounce back in 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a six-part series previewing this year’s Ohio State football team.

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Ohio State sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier, shown making a tackle in the Gator Bowl against Florida in January, is a rising star on the OSU defense after a promising freshman campaign. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | RICK REED)

With apologies to Penn State, The Ohio State University has for many years staked its claim to the popular moniker “Linebacker U”. 

The term is an often argued subject among a handful of college football programs known for producing great linebackers year in and year out. Randy Gradishar, Tom Cousineau, Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk are just a few of the all-time great OSU linebackers who excelled both in college and in the NFL.  

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