MSU head coach Mark Dantonio supports All-America defensive tackle Jerel Worthy's decision to turn pro.
MSU has held six of its opponents below 100 yards rushing in 2011.
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Michigan State vs. Indiana - Nov. 19, 2011
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner played in 49 career games, including 18 starts on the defensive line . . . recorded 93 tackles, including 12.0 for losses (58 yards) and 6.0 sacks (46 yards), in his career.
2011 SEASON (SENIOR): Had a career year in his final season wearing the Green and White, recording career highs in tackles (37), tackles for losses (7.5 for 39 yards) and sacks (4.0 for 31 yards) . . . also credited with nine quarterback hurries and seven QB hits . . . finished sixth on the team with 139 production points during the regular season . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (media) . . . recipient of the President's Award for perseverance (defense) . . . graduated in December with a degree in criminal justice . . . missed the Outback Bowl with a knee injury . . . had a quarterback hurry but suffered a season-ending knee injury of the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin . . . tied a career high with eight tackles, including an 8-yard sack, in victory at Northwestern; named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week . . . had a 7-yard sack in win at Iowa . . . had four tackles against Minnesota . . . produced a season-high five tackles, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), at No. 13 Nebraska . . . compiled four tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, in victory over No. 4 Wisconsin; selected as a game captain against the Badgers . . . registered four tackles, including 2.0 for losses (12 yards) and a 9-yard sack, in MSU's fourth-straight win over Michigan . . . in his first start of the season, recorded two tackles against Central Michigan . . . tied a career high with 2.0 tackles for loss at Notre Dame, including a forced fumble and a 7-yard sack; had three tackles overall against the Irish.
2010 SEASON (JUNIOR): Compiled a career-high 31 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (8 yards) . . . recorded seven tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, in comeback win over Purdue . . . did not play at Northwestern (injured) . . . compiled a career-high eight tackles in win against Illinois . . . recorded two tackles and was named the Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week for his role in the victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . did not play against No. 11 Wisconsin (injured) . . . named game captain against Northern Colorado; collected three tackles vs. the Bears . . . picked up two tackles, including a half sack for 5 yards, vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . recorded three tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2009 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 12 games in 2009, including two starts at defensive tackle (vs. Western Michigan and Texas Tech) . . . recorded 20 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (11 yards) and 1.5 sacks (10 yards) . . . compiled 50 production points . . . tallied five tackles in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . made his first career start vs. Western Michigan, recording one tackle . . . compiled two tackles, including a 5-yard sack, in win over Michigan . . . recorded a career-high six tackles at Notre Dame . . . credited with a half sack (5 yards) and another half tackle for loss (1 yard) against the Irish . . . missed the season opener against Montana State due to a knee injury.
2008 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in all 13 games in 2008 . . . played on the defensive line in third-and-long situations and also saw action on special teams . . . recorded five tackles (2 solos, 3 assists) . . . recorded two tackles each vs. Eastern Michigan and Ohio State . . . made a solo stop in his collegiate debut at California.
2007 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week twice (vs. UAB and Bowling Green).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the West in the 2007 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game (posted five tackles and recovered a fumble) . . . ranked among the nation's top inside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 53) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 25) and The Detroit News (No. 56) . . . earned special mention on the Associated Press all-state team in 2006 . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . three-time all-area choice . . . three-time allconference selection at both tight end and linebacker . . . four-year starter for Coach Rich Hulkow at Marshall (Mich.) High School . . . named team MVP after recording 105 tackles (56 solos, 49 assists) as a senior, including 18 for losses . . . intercepted two passes in 2006, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles . . . had 12 receptions for 168 yards (14.0 avg.) and one score as a senior . . . became the Redhawks' all-time leader in tackles with 287 . . . son of Dale and Mary Joe Pickelman . . . born Feb. 2, 1988 . . . participated in the July 2010 Heroes for Kids golf outing, benefiting Saginaw (Mich.) youth recreation programs.
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