Big Ten rankings: No. 9, Edwin Baker

We're in the home stretch of the preseason player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season. Let's check out the next name on the list ...

No. 9: Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State, Jr., 5-9, 210

2010 numbers: Recorded 207 rushes for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns; finished fourth in the Big Ten in rushing average (92.4 ypg) and eighth in scoring (6 ppg); had five 100-yard rushing performances; caught three passes for 22 yards.

Why he's here: Baker emerged as Michigan State's featured back and was one of the more consistent rushers in the Big Ten, eclipsing 85 yards in eight games. A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, he displayed explosiveness with 10 rushes of 20 yards or longer but also showed power in the red zone. Despite being just 5-foot-9, Baker is extremely sturdy and excels in the weight room. A lot of people have made the Javon Ringer comparisons, and though Baker likely will share carries more than Ringer did, he displays a similar work ethic to the former Spartans All-American. He needs to show he can attack some of the Big Ten's better defensive lines this fall, and he's setting the bar high for himself. Although teammates Le'Veon Bell and Larry Caper will challenge for carries, Baker's experience last year gives him an edge.


  • 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

  • No. 10: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan