Worthy is a changed man

Jeff Worthy was dismissed from Boise State in 2013 due to team violations. Read on to see how much he has changed since then and more.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jeff Worthy reached one of the low points in his life when he was dismissed from Boise State in 2013, despite getting a second chance.

"I was the opposite of who you see right now," Worthy said. "I was the guy that did everything wrong. I was the guy who partied too much and that is all in the past now. I am focused on Arizona football and doing the best I can to help my teammates win."

As far as Worthy was concerned, there was a good chancer that he would never play football again. That is, until Santa Ana Community College football coach Geoff Jones called him.

"There was a point I didn’t want to play football any more just because I didn’t deserve it," Worthy said. "I wasn't doing the right things like most of my teammates were.

"I really did not want to play football any more, but I ended up getting a call from Coach Geoff Jones at Santa Ana College and he told me I made a lot of mistakes, but I can right those wrongs and he really motivated me. I’m very thankful for that."

Worthy keeps in touch with a few of his former Boise teammates, but does not believe there will be any added motivation on Wednesday.

"I don’t have anything to prove to them, but they know who I was," Worthy said. "I’m excited to just meet up with them again. I have been talking with Robert Ash and Elliot Hoyte, those were my roommates in Boise. I am excited to see those guys, but they know I am not that guy any more."

This season hasn't always been easy for Worthy, especially considering that he started at a position that he was not comfortable at.

"I think the injury was the best thing that ever happened to me because I moved to defensive end," he said. "That is my position I think and Kirlav wanted to give me a shot to play at the nose guard position.

"He wanted a smart guy in there and somebody that would listen and accept coaching. He put me in there, but at the end of the day I just don’t think that was my position.

"I wasn’t producing and wasn't comfortable. When I went to defensive end, I felt more comfortable and I would read easier. It’s truly my position and I think I excel at it."

Nights once consisted of staying out late and not focusing on football, but now Worthy is taking the complete opposite approach.

"A lot of hard work, light nights watching film and early mornings getting up and going to school and doing the right things," Worthy said. "It is easy to do the wrong things, it is hard to do the right things. When you change your life around, you really have to stay focused and I think I am doing that.

"I guess I don’t stay out as late, I do the right things. I go home and do homework and focus. It is all about discipline and I didn't have that when I was on Boise. I was reckless at Boise. I didn't like who I was at Boise. I love who I am now."

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