Michigan State junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy has reportedly hired a agent. The hiring means that Worthy is foregoing his senior season at MSU and entering his name in the 2012 NFL draft. Worthy has been projected anywhere from a top 20 pick to a late second round selection.
Worthy was a huge piece of one of the best defenses in the nation. Worthy often controlled the line of scrimmage in games and spear headed MSU's aggressive defense. The 6'3" 310 pound tackle from Huber Heights, Ohio was named an All-American this year. Throughout his career at MSU, Worthy has progressed from a freshmen to an dominate force. His production has stayed the same throughout his career, with 37 total tackles in 2009, 40 in 2010 and 30 in 2011. Production dropped for Worthy as a junior but only because he was constantly double teamed. For his career, Worthy has 107 tackles, 12 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
The loss of Worthy will indeed hurt Michigan State's defensive line, but with junior to be William Gholston, and sophomore to be Marcus Rush, the Spartans should be set to battle at the line of scrimmage.
After Michigan State's victory over Georgia in the Outback Bowl, Worthy said it was "roses or bust" for Michigan State next season whether he was with them or not.
It appears that Michigan State will have to get to the Rose Bowl without Worthy's help.