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Jerel Worthy
Jerel Worthy

Hometown:
Huber Heights, Ohio

High School:
Wayne

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 310

Position:
DT

Experience:
3L


03/14/2012

Spartan NFL Draft Prospects State Their Case At Pro Day

Ten seniors and two juniors attempt to improve their NFL Draft status during the 3-hour workout.

03/14/2012

Spartans Hold Annual Pro Day

Fifteen former Spartans, including 10 seniors and two juniors from the 2011 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

02/27/2012

NFL Scouting Combine Update 3

02/25/2012

NFL Scouting Combine Update 1

Q&A with former Indianapolis Colts President and SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst Bill Polian.

02/23/2012

Six Spartans Audition At 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin, Trenton Robinson, Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker attempt to improve their stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Game-by-Game Statistics: 2009 | 2010 | 2011


CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner played in 40 career games, including 38 starts at defensive tackle . . . powerful player recorded 107 tackles, with 27.5 resulting in losses (118 yards) including 12 sacks (78 yards); those marks rank among MSU's all-time leaders: tied for 12th in sacks and 13th in tackles for loss . . . also had six pass break-ups and three blocked kicks in his career . . . selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft (No. 51 overall) by the Green Bay Packers.

2011 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named consensus first-team All-American . . . earned first-team All-America honors from The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports . . . All-Big Ten first-team selection (coaches and media) . . . became MSU's first All-America first-team selection at defensive tackle since Ronald Curl in 1971 and the school's first All-Big Ten first-team selection at the position since Travis Davis in 1989 . . . first Spartan defensive lineman to earn AP First Team All-America honors since Charles "Bubba" Smith in 1966 . . . also named a second-team All-American by Phil Steele . . . was one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, and one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year) . . . recorded a tackle for loss in nine of MSU's 14 games. . . had 30 tackles, including 10.5 for losses (42 yards) and 3.5 sacks (28 yards) . . . was also credited with 10 quarterback hurries and 14 QB hits during the regular season . . . his presence on the defensive line was one of the main reasons MSU led the Big Ten in total defense (277.4 ypg.) and rushing defense (100.5 ypg.) . . . recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . closed out his collegiate career in style by matching his career high in tackles (5) and tackles for loss (2 for 2 yards) in MSU's 33-30 triple-overtime win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . recorded two tackles, had a quarterback hurry, and broke up a pass on a two-point conversion against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . had two tackles, including a 9-yard sack, in win at Northwestern . . . tied a career high with 2.0 tackles for loss (3 yards) against Indiana . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after helping limit Iowa to 87 yards rushing; blocked a field goal on the final play of the second quarter in MSU's 37-21 victory against the Hawkeyes . . . selected as a game captain vs. Nebraska . . . compiled three tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, in victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . registered two tackles, including a half sack for 4 yards, in MSU's fourth-straight win over Michigan . . . produced two tackles, including 1.5 for losses and a 5-yard sack, in MSU's 10-7 win at Ohio State . . . recorded a 4-yard tackle for loss vs. Central Michigan . . . registered four tackles and recovered a fumble at Notre Dame . . . wore No. 95 against the Fighting Irish as a tribute to former Spartan All-American Bubba Smith, who passed away this summer; Smith's final collegiate game was the 10-10 tie in 1966 between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Michigan State . . . recorded a 10-yard sack in the win over Florida Atlantic . . . had two stops, including a half tackle for loss, and blocked an extra point in the season-opening win over Youngstown State.

PRESEASON NOTES: Featured on College Football Performance Awards Watch List for the Defensive Lineman of the Year Trophy . . . Preseason All-America selection by Playboy Magazine (first team) and Phil Steele's College Football Preview (third team) . . . ranked among the nation's top draft-eligible defensive tackles by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 2) . . . also rated among the country's top defensive tackles by Lindy's (No. 8) . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports (first team), Blue Ribbon Yearbook (first team), Lindy's (second team) and Phil Steele's College Football Pre- view (second team) . . . ranked the No. 3 defensive tackle in the Big Ten and also listed as one of five preseason candidates for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by ESPN.com . . . has impressed the coaching staff with his quickness and athleticism . . . described by Spartan defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi as "a big, explosive athlete, who has the ability to make plays in the offensive backfield."

2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore (second team) selection . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten third team . . . presented MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . started all 13 games at defensive tackle in 2010 . . . led all Spartan defensive linemen with 40 tackles, with 8.0 for losses (42 yards) including a team-best 4.0 sacks (27 yards) . . . tied his career high with five tackles at Penn State, including a 4-yard sack . . . made four stops, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), vs. Purdue . . . matched his career high with five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (6 yards) vs. Minnesota . . . recorded a career-high five tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, and also broke up a pass at No. 18 Iowa . . . matched his career high with 1.5 sacks (12 yards) and credited with a quarterback hurry at Northwestern . . . produced three stops, including a half sack for 2 yards, vs. Illinois . . . posted three tackles, including a 9-yard sack against Denard Robinson, and blocked a field-goal attempt on the final play of the first half in a victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . contributed three tackles vs. No. 11 Wisconsin . . . registered three stops, including one for a 4-yard loss, and a pass break-up in the season opener vs. Western Michigan.

2009 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Sporting News . . . named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team as selected by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Sporting News . . . midseason All-Big Ten first-team selection by Phil Steele . . . started 11 of 13 games in 2009 and ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (9.0 for 34 yards) and sacks (4.5 for 23 yards) . . . produced one tackle for loss in seven straight games during one stretch . . . finished second among defensive linemen in tackles (37: 19 solos, 18 assists) and production points (75) . . . placed sixth on the team in production points and 10th in tackles . . . recorded three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . matched his season high with four stops vs. No. 13 Penn State . . . recorded four solo hits at Purdue . . . made four tackles and recovered a fumble at Minnesota . . . registered four stops vs. No. 7 Iowa, including a season-best two tackles for loss (5 yards) . . . posted three tackles, including 1.5 for losses (5 yards), and a career-best two pass break-ups at Wisconsin . . . tallied a season-high 1.5 sacks (8 yards) vs. Central Michigan . . . posted four tackles in his collegiate debut vs. Montana State.

2008 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Eastern Michigan.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 53), Scout.com (No. 78) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 93) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 30) and Scout.com (No. 34) . . . selected to play in the June 14 Big 33 Football Classic (Ohio vs. Pennsylvania) . . . Associated Press Division I All-Ohio and AP Southwest All-District first-team selections as a senior . . . also named to the Ohio News Network (ONN) All-Ohio Team in 2007 . . . two-year starter for Coach Jay Minton at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio . . . recorded 50 tackles, including 10.5 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries as a senior . . . also credited with seven pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries in 2007 . . . produced 54 tackles, including four sacks, in nine games as a junior . . . played his freshman and sophomore years at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio, before transferring to Wayne . . . son of Stephanie Worthy and Bobby Smith . . . born April 28, 1990 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in family community services.

WORTHY'S CAREER STATISTICS

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2009................ 13 19 18 37 9.0-34 2 0 1 0 2010................ 13 14 26 40 8.0-42 3 0 0 1 2011................ 14 19 11 30 10.5-42 1 0 1 2 TOTAL............... 40 52 55 107 27.5-118 6 0 2 3

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2009................ 13 4 1 4.5 23 2010................ 13 3 2 4.0 27 2011................ 14 3 1 3.5 28 TOTAL............... 40 10 4 12.0 78

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