Big Ten rankings: No. 24, Mike Adams

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

No. 24: Mike Adams, LT, Ohio State, Jr., 6-8, 300

2010 numbers: Started all 13 games at left tackle, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from both coaches and media, named team's offensive lineman of the week four times

Preseason rank: Unranked

Why he's here: Adams finally backed up the hype this season and showed why he came to Ohio State amid such lofty expectations. Only three offensive linemen earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and the media: All-Americans Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt from Wisconsin, and Adams. After two underwhelming seasons, Adams responded well to the competition he faced during the spring and locked down the left tackle spot in preseason camp. The physical gifts always have been there, but Adams matured from a mental standpoint and began to put things together. He'll enter 2011 on the NFL radar, and though Ohio State will miss him during his suspension, he and classmates Mike Brewster and J.B. Shugarts will anchor the Buckeyes' line in Big Ten play.