OSU's Shazier memorializes high school friend

Linebacker changing his uniform number to remember manager of his high school team.

The ever-changing Ohio State linebacking corps will look different again Saturday at Penn State, though the latest tweak is different than the others.

More meaningful, too.

Ohio State sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier will switch from his usual No. 10 to No. 48 in honor of his late friend Gary Curtis, the manager on Shazier's Plantation (Fla.) high school team.

Curtis, who had muscular dystrophy, died last spring. The wheelchair-bound Curtis continued to manage Plantation's high school team for two years after he graduated. The Plantation Colonels have dedicated their season and drive to Florida's state championship to Curtis. 

Shazier wrote on his Twitter account this week that he's making the change for this national showcase game at Penn State. Curtis's Twitter account was @GCurt48, his last tweet was March 18.

Shazier is the leading tackler, with 76 stops and two sacks on the year, for the 8-0 Buckeyes and had fifteen tackles against Penn State last season.