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.