Ohio State football: Ryan Shazier showing signs of improvement; Jimbo Fisher wants to break Buckeyes’ record

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‘Gradual improvement’ for Ryan Shazier

There was some positive news for Ryan Shazier on Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the former Ohio State linebacker was showing “gradual improvement” days after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery. Shazier, in his fourth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was injured while making a tackle in the Dec. 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Shazier is at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as doctor’s monitor his recovery. From Schefter’s report:

Doctors are controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside, sources said. It is premature to say whether Shazier will play football again, but the focus right now is not on his playing career but on trying to facilitate his recovery.

Big day for Rod Smith

Former Buckeyes standout Rod Smith had quite a game Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys running back had 160 total yards (47 rushing on 6 carries, 113 receiving on 5 catches) and found the end zone twice in his team’s 30-10 triumph over the New York Giants. It was Smith’s best NFL game, and he’s hoping to stick with the Cowboys after going undrafted in 2015.

Record in jeopardy?

Ohio State set a record in 2017 by getting 80,134 fans to the team’s spring game. Jimbo Fisher wants to break that record in 2018.

Fisher, who recently became the coach at Texas A&M after leaving Florida State, addressed the crowd during a Texas A&M basketball game Saturday and told Aggies fans he wants to set a new spring game attendance record.

Wrestlers off to good start

Ohio State wrestling started the Big Ten season with a 26-9 win over Indiana on Sunday. The No. 2 Buckeyes are 4-0 on the season and return to the mat Friday night to face Princeton in Newark, Del.

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