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Jerel Worthy says goodbye Spartans, hello NFL

Graham Wilbert, Jerel Worthy

The flood of underclassmen declaring for the NFL continued this afternoon, with Michigan State the latest program to not-so-unexpectedly lose a player to the professional ranks.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, massive defensive tackle Jerel Worthy officially announced he was leaving the Spartans and making himself available for the April draft.  The move confirms reports that had surfaced prior to the press conference that the defensive lineman was not long for East Lansing.

Family, specifically the health of his father, played a significant role in the decision, Worthy said.

Worthy played in 40 games the past three seasons, totaling 12 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss.  The 6-3, 310(ish)-pounder was voted as a first-team All-Big Ten performer by both the coaches and the media after the 2011 season.

He was also named first-team All-American by Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports.

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7 Responses to “Jerel Worthy says goodbye Spartans, hello NFL”
  1. cubano76 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    Best of luck kid!

  2. primetime0552 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    Best of luck to him in the NFL. I thought his hate for Michigan would keep him around one more year. Michigan State has some depth at DT and should be okay. Not saying they replace a guy like Worthy, but they are not going to suffer to much.

  3. barnesaintnoble says: Jan 5, 2012 4:30 PM

    Ouch – they are going to be losing their defensive coordinator too…

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:47 PM

    Bad news for MSU. Good news for tOSU and the other teams MSU will play in 2012.

  5. latchbeam says: Jan 5, 2012 6:16 PM

    310-ish is right! If “ish” = about 30+ lbs!! Good luck, he’s a monster!

  6. ray0414 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:47 PM

    his mother said if they woulda lost the bowl game he woulda went back.almost want that win back now lol but even with worthy gone, MSU returning 9 of 11 starters on defense. should still crush people defensively.

  7. sportsbastard says: Jan 5, 2012 10:48 PM

    Would love to see my Rams grab him at the top of the 2nd round to shore up the rush D, and free Laurinaitis up. Blackmon in the 1st, Worthy in the 2nd looks like instant improvement in 2012.

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