Coach Dantonio provides an update to the media prior to Tuesday's practice.
Spartans return eight starters from the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten last season.
White 14, Green 2
Spartans officially begin spring practice on Tuesday.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio supports All-America defensive tackle Jerel Worthy's decision to turn pro.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Missed a majority of the season after suffering a foot injury during preseason practices . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Boise State.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Saw action on the offensive and defensive lines for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in the June 18 Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pa. . . . SuperPrep All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top prospects by Rivals.com (No. 143) . . . rated among the country's top offensive guards by Rivals.com (No. 6) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 53) . . . listed among the nation's top offensive tackles by CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 19) . . . ranked among the country's top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 34) and defensive linemen by SuperPrep (No. 50) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Northeast Team . . . rated among Pennsylvania's Top 10 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 3), Varsity845.com (No. 6) and SuperPrep (No. 9) . . . ranked as the state's No. 1 offensive lineman by Varsity845.com . . . played in the 2010 Chesapeake Bowl in Towson, Md. . . . three-year starter for Coach Keith Olsommer at Delaware Valley High School in Milford, Pa. . . . two-time Lackawanna Football Conference Division I All-Star . . . selected 2010 LFC Division I Defensive Player of the Year by Northeast PA Football Network . . . also earned LFC Division I first-team honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman by Northeast PA Football Network . . . two-time Varsity845.com first-team all-star . . . led the Warriors in tackles (66), tackles for loss (15), sacks (7), blocked kicks (6) and fumble recoveries (3) as a senior . . . posted eight tackles and recovered a fumble vs. North Pocono . . . recorded nine tackles and blocked three kicks vs. Abington Heights . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Warriors average 183.1 rushing yards per game in 2009 . . . son of Chuck and Susan Zimnik; and Emma Smith . . . born Feb. 28, 1993 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in psychology.
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