Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ...
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.
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. 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