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Former Buckeye stars Ryan Shazier, Malcolm Jenkins honorary coaches for Spring Game

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(Courtesy: CNN Newsource and WJAC)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Two of Ohio State's best collegiate and NFL performers over the past decade are coming back to The Shoe next month as honorary coaches for the Spring Game.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier and defensive back Malcolm Jenkins -- both All-Americans and two-time Pro Bowlers -- will be on the sidelines for the festivities on April 14.

Shazier's rehabbing from a spinal injury suffered for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game at Cincinnati in December. The starting linebacker for Ohio State’s 2012 undefeated team – only the sixth unbeaten/untied team in school history – and for the 2013 team that extended a school-record winning streak to 24 games, was in his fourth season in the NFL in 2017. The No. 15 pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Shazier has started 42 NFL games and amassed 299 tackles, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Jenkins recently completed his ninth NFL season and fourth with the Philadelphia Eagles, helping the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl championship in February. Jenkins, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2017, is the first Buckeye to win Super Bowl’s with two different teams (he also won one as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints in 2009).

“I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to see these two heroes back in Ohio Stadium,” said OSU head coach Urban Meyer. “The respect and admiration I have for each of these young men is off the charts, and I am so proud for our program and for the Ohio State fans that these players want to come back and be a part of our spring game.”

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