Worthy Taking Game To Another Level

While some might be surprised by the development of Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, I'm not one of them. Having watched Worthy grow at the high school level has allowed me the chance to follow his development. SpartanDigest.com sat down with Jerel and talked about his super season a year ago, and what he feels is in store for this year.

Despite missing time in the spring, Jerel Worthy feels he will be ready when the bell rings for the start of the 2010 season. For the past four years, I have had the chance to know Jerel Worthy and follow his every step to Michigan State. How has Jerel used the past year to continue taking his game to another level?

Jerel @ Wayne High School
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"It has been a long haul and I have had my ups and downs, but Coach (Ted) Gill has never really let me take a day off, this has all be part of making me a better man and better football player."

Since the end of the spring, Jerel has used each day to be ready for the 2010 season. How did the summer treat him?

"The summer went great and my training went great. I feel like I have really made some great strides as far as pass rushing and run stopping. Just having to work with better technique is going to help me a lot. I've been watching a lot of film from NFL teams, have been figuring out how to play certain positions and play my position better."

While Worthy knows many eyes will be upon him this fall, he stresses football is a team game and the members of the defensive line have worked hard to build friendship and teamwork this summer.

"We have done a lot as a group. Going out to dinner, hanging out on the weekends, and I feel we are just starting to gel together as a group. We have put the work in by staying after workouts to work on drills, or watching film together. We are just trying to become one, as far as the defensive linemen go. We know we can't play with just four down linemen the whole game, so we have to be ready for each other. We have to get guys ready to play, guys like Colin Neely, and I have to be leaders of this team and make sure we work together as a group."

While every team's goal is to win a conference championship, Worthy knows team goals always come before any single goal he may set for himself.

"Team goals always come first and it starts with winning a Big Ten Championship. We know if we only lose one or no games, we'll be in the National Championship Game. So as far as the team aspect, I'm just trying to help out the team and do what I can as a defensive lineman up front. As far as any personal goals, I just try to have a better season from last year and do what is best for my team."

It has been fun watching Jerel Worthy the past four years go from being a player with a lot of potential, to a player capable of being an All-Big Ten performer. The best is yet to come from the Huber Heights (Ohio) native.

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