Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ...
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State, Sr., 6-5, 306
Why he's here -- Aaron Maybin generated most of the hype on Penn State's D-line last year, but Odrick might have been the most important player up front. He emerged into one of the nation's top defensive ends in 2008, recording 41 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a safety.
Odrick solidified Penn State's run defense, which finished eighth nationally (92.3 ypg). He bounced back extremely well from a 2007 season that was cut short by ankle and hand injuries. After Penn State's line took a hit because of suspensions to Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma, Odrick made sure the group wouldn't miss a beat.
At 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds, Odrick is a nightmare for opposing centers. He will almost always command double teams, which will free up players like Jack Crawford and Eric Latimore to make plays. Odrick will contend for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy this fall.
No. 12 -- Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
No. 13 -- Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State
No. 14 -- Juice Williams, QB, Illinois
No. 15 -- Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
No. 16 -- John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
No. 17 -- Garrett Graham, TE, Wisconsin
No. 19 -- Jammie Kirlew, DE, Indiana
No. 20 -- Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa
No. 21 -- Brad Phillips, S, Northwestern
No. 23 -- Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
No. 24 -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
No. 25 -- Traye Simmons, CB, Minnesota
No. 26 -- Thaddeus Gibson, DE, Ohio State
No. 27 -- Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
No. 28 -- Matt Mayberry, LB, Indiana
No. 29 -- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
No. 30 -- Trevor Anderson, DE, Michigan State