Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ...
Sean Lee, LB, Penn State, Sr., 6-2, 236
Why he's here -- Much like Terrelle Pryor, Lee's inclusion in the top 10 is sure to spark some debate. After all, he hasn't played a meaningful snap since the 2007 Alamo Bowl, in which he earned Defensive Player of the Game honors, and missed all of last season with a torn ACL sustained during spring practice.
But Lee's accomplishments in 2006 and 2007 can't be denied in sizing up the league's best players. Neither can the skills he should bring to the Nittany Lions' defense this fall.
In 2007, he arguably had just as strong a season as teammate Dan Connor, who took home the Chuck Bednarik Award that year. Lee recorded 138 tackles (seven fewer than Connor), an interception, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He recorded 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2006.
Lee had started 26 consecutive games before the injury last April, which knocks him down a few spots but not out of the top 10. He's an extremely smart player who provided tremendous leadership last season and was a shoo-in to be a co-captain in 2009. If Lee comes back at or near the level he was before the injury, he should earn All-Big Ten accolades and rank as one of the league's top five players.
No. 7 -- Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
No. 8 -- Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State
No. 9 -- Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
No. 10 -- Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
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. 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