Ranking the Big Ten: Trevor Anderson, No. 30

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

During the next few weeks, the blog will rank the Big Ten's top 30 players entering the 2009 season. Rankings are a combination of past accomplishments and future potential.

Let's get started ...

No. 30

Trevor Anderson, DE, Michigan State, Sr., 6-2, 259

Why he's here -- Anderson last fall showed flashes of being the superstar pass-rusher Michigan State thought it would get when he transferred from Cincinnati to rejoin head coach Mark Dantonio. After recording 10 sacks in two seasons at Cincinnati, Anderson led Michigan State with eight sacks in 2008.

Not surprisingly, the Detroit native had his best performance of the season against archrival Michigan, recording three sacks. Anderson also racked up 2.5 sacks against Iowa's talented offensive line.

More than one-third of Anderson's tackles last fall came behind the line of scrimmage, but you'd like to see him factor in more stops this season. He's a bit undersized but brings good speed off the edge. With a good senior year, Anderson should join a deep group of elite defensive ends in the league.

The Rundown

  • No. 30 -- Trevor Anderson, DE, Michigan State