Worthy Knows Much Ahead for Spartans

Saturday did not go the way Jerel Worthy or his teammates expected. Nevertheless, Worthy knows there is much more ahead for this years Spartans.

Michigan State junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy knows he rather have left Notre Dame with a victory on Saturday. However, he also knows there is much ahead for the Spartans in 2011.

"It was a little disappointing," said Worthy. "We felt as a defensive line our plays were solid. A lot of plays were designed to run up the middle and they kind of bounced them outside. We've got to get better on those plays when they breakdown and fly to the football and be in a position to make a play.

"I felt like our effort was pretty good and they didn't get a lot of total offense as they had the previous couple of games, but we just need to be able to make plays. We caused a couple of turnovers but we've got to come up with the big play to win a game."

One Spartan who Worthy felt stood out was senior Kevin Pickelman. What does Pickelman bring to the defensive line?

"Great leadership actually," said Worthy. Pick is always ready when his name is called. He's a great player, great technician, and he's always going to be the best effort. Being the fact it's his senior year he kind of wants to be the best player he can be. I tip my hat off to him as when he was asked to come in and play he made some great plays. We've just have to come back and regroup next week. The fact that we lost we're not going to let it get us down. We can still go 11-1 and the Big Ten Championship is still in our favor, we just need to do our thing."

Was Worthy surprised by the Irish offensive performance?

"Very surprising," said Worthy. "But at the same time it really wasn't what they were doing up front, or the plays they were making, it's just something that we've got to correct. A lot of plays that were designed to go inside bounced outside and we've got to run plays down. They were making plays on the edge a lot instead of in the middle. We've just got to be able to run to the football. That is stuff we can correct but as far as our effort we gave the best we could and we'll regroup next week and come back ready to defend our Big Ten Championship."

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