Big Ten rankings: No. 15, David Molk

The 2010 Big Ten postseason player rankings continue with ...

No. 15: David Molk, C, Michigan, Jr., 6-2, 288

2010 numbers: Started all 13 games at center after being slowed by knee and foot injuries in 2009; finalist for Rimington Trophy (nation's top center); earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and second-team honors from the media; shared Rader Memorial Award as Michigan's top offensive lineman with teammate Stephen Schilling.

Preseason rank: Unranked in the preseason Top 25 players

Why he's here: Molk showed in 2010 that when healthy, he's one of the Big Ten's premier offensive linemen. The junior anchored a Michigan offensive line that helped Denard Robinson and the unit set record-setting numbers. Michigan ranked eighth nationally in total offense, 13th in rushing offense, 25th in scoring offense and 10th in sacks allowed. Although Ohio State's Mike Brewster, Wisconsin's John Moffitt, Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski and other Big Ten interior linemen seemed to generate more national buzz, Molk's first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches is significant. I also named him to my All-Big Ten squad. Anyone who watched Michigan saw the difference he made in the middle of the offensive line. Molk is a weight-room standout whose strength translates to the field. He'll enter 2011 as one of the leading candidates for the Rimington Trophy and possibly the Rotary Lombardi Award.