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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jerel Worthy, DT

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Huber Heights, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 308 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2641-2
Career Notes
Third-year player has played in 39 career games, including 37 starts at defensive tackle . . . powerful player has 25.5 tackles for loss (116 yards) in his career, which is tied for 18th most in MSU history . . . his 12.0 career sacks (78 yards) rank tied for 12th in the Spartan record book . . . has 102 career tackles and five pass break-ups . . . has also blocked three kicks (two field goals, one extra point) in his career.
2011 Season
Named first-team All-American by 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) . . . is MSU's first All-America first-team selection at defensive tackle since Ronald Curl in 1971 and is also 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) . . . has recorded a tackle for loss in eight of MSU's 13 games this season . . . has 25 tackles, including 8.5 for losses (40 yards) and 3.5 sacks (28 yards) . . . also has been credited with 10 quarterback hurries and 14 QB hits . . . his presence on the defensive line is one of the main reasons MSU leads the Big Ten in total defense, rushing defense and sacks . . . recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . 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 Atlant
2010 Season
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
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
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.
Personal
Son of Stephanie Worthy and Bobby Smith . . . Born April 28, 1990 . . . Participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . Majoring in family community services.
 
Latest News
04/29/2012 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "A great organization took a chance on me. They saw my potential. I'm just ready to go in and just prove everybody wrong and just make an impact." - Defensive end Jerel Worthy, a potential first-round prospect whom the Packers picked in the second round of the draft. - The Sports Xchange

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