August 31, 2010

Healthy and Hungry For Success

EAST LANSING - If Michigan State had not lost three out of their first four games in the 2009 season, the emergence of then red-shirt freshman Jerel Worthy would have taken up as much as ink as the 6-foot-3 305-pound defensive tackle takes up space on the Spartan defensive line.

After leading the Michigan State defensive line in sacks from his defensive tackle position and finishing second on the d-line in tackles for loss during his first year in the playing group, Worthy is the anchor of the Spartan defensive line.

The talented sophomore is still a under the radar of many Big Ten football fans. Worthy might even be out of the mind of some Spartan fans either because he is being taken for granted as the starting defensive tackle or because he sat out the entire spring while recovering from an injury he suffered in 2009.

Heading in to the first week of his sophomore season, Worthy believes that he is in a position to make an even bigger impact during his second season in the playing group than he did as a freshman All-American when he recorded 37 tackles with 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss.

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