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Ranking the Big Ten: Greg Jones, No. 11

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ...

No. 11

Jones Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State, Jr., 6-1, 222

Why he's here -- There might not be a more consistent linebacker in the Big Ten than Jones, who has led Michigan State in tackles in each of his first two seasons with the team. A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's coaches last fall, Jones is the centerpiece for the Spartans defense and will play more middle linebacker this fall.

Jones finished third in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in tackles with 127, and recorded seven or more solo stops in six games last season. He appeared in every game as a true freshman and finished 27th in the league with 78 tackles.

Michigan State's coaches continually gush about Jones, and the somewhat underrated junior has been the first player selected in the Spartans' spring game draft in each of the last two seasons. He's extremely effective on blitzes, recording 14.5 tackles for loss last fall, and should put up another set of monster numbers this season.

The Rundown

  • No. 11 -- Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

  • 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. 18 -- Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota

  • No. 19 -- Jammie Kirlew, DE, Indiana

  • No. 20 -- Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa

  • No. 21 -- Brad Phillips, S, Northwestern

  • No. 22 -- Brandon Minor, RB, Michigan

  • 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