Ranking the Big Ten: Thaddeus Gibson, No. 26
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ...
Thaddeus Gibson, DE, Ohio State, Jr., 6-2, 240
Why he's here: If Gibson continues what he started last year, he'll finish much higher on the list by the end of the 2009 season. The junior came on strong during Big Ten play to lead Ohio State in sacks (5) and rank second in tackles for loss (9). With Lawrence Wilson sidelined, Gibson started the final 10 games.
He's not quite in the elite group of Big Ten pass-rushers but should get there this season. His willingness to learn and improve encourages Ohio State's coaches, and he will anchor arguably the Big Ten's best defensive line this fall.
Gibson is a classic rush end at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, and he'll command more double teams if he continues to pressure quarterbacks. Though Wilson returns from a knee injury this fall, Ohio State can't afford to have Gibson on the sideline.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Penn State 14 Illinois 16 Final Indiana 27 6 Ohio State 42 Final 25 Minnesota 28 23 Nebraska 24 Final Northwestern 38 Purdue 14 Final Rutgers 3 11 Michigan State 45 Final 16 Wisconsin 26 Iowa 24 Final Maryland 23 Michigan 16