Big Ten rankings: No. 10, Mike Martin

August, 16, 2011
We’ve reached the Top 10 in our countdown of the Big Ten’s best players, based on past performance and potential 2011 impact. Let’s kick off the Top 10 with …

Mike Martin, DT, Michigan, Sr., 6-2, 304

2010 stats: Registered 37 tackles, 6 TFLs and 2.5 sacks

Why he's here: At times it has seemed as if Martin has been alone on an island, a top-flight defender on a Michigan team that lacks many others. Despite not having a whole lot of help around him, Martin has managed to be a disruptive force up front and commands constant attention. The latter fact contributes to his unspectacular statistics, but he's clearly the best defender the Wolverines have and a future pro. There are several excellent defensive tackles in the league this year -- it's probably the Big Ten's best position overall. And Martin is right at the top of that group.

  • No. 25: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
  • No. 24: Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
  • No. 23: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
  • No. 22: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
  • No. 21: Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois
  • No. 20: John Simon, DL, Ohio State
  • No. 19: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
  • No. 18: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
  • No. 17: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
  • No. 16: Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
  • No. 15: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
  • No. 14: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
  • No. 13: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
  • No. 12: David Molk, C, Michigan
  • No .11: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin



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