Spartans fans are used to Jerel Worthy jumping the snap early, so this should come as no surprise that he reportedly is making the early jump to the NFL.
The Michigan State star junior defensive tackle reportedly has selected an agent and will declare for the NFL Draft, according to Shawn Zobel. (Editor’s Note: This is the only source to have reported this so far, so we will see if it turns out to be true.)
If this is true, let us remember him at his happiest as a Spartan … like this. For tweeting pictures such as this. And for the infamous Spartan tattoo, as well as Facebook profile pictures such as this absolute gem:
Worthy had 30 tackles this season, including 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He was named All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media this season.
Oh, and All-American by a slew of places such as The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Associated, Walter Camp Foundation, and a few others.
It should come as no surprise Worthy is headed to the NFL, at this point, his draft stock is at its peak. He could not really improve it much by coming back.
Although Zobel also reported Worthy received a second-to third-round grade (Editor’s Note: Which makes one question his information altogether), ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has Worthy ranked as the 20th best player overall, while CBSSports.com has Worthy 19th overall and the fourth-best defensive tackle in the nation.
During Outback Bowl practices, Worthy said he was “50-50″ on entering the draft or staying.
After his performance against Georgia, he cemented his status as a among the top defensive tackles in not only the Big Ten, but the nation.
There should be plenty of comfort taken in the Outback Bowl performance of Anthony Rashad White. The coaches have supposedly said he has Worthy-like talent.
White, who has battled injuries since coming to East Lansing, had 25 tackles including four for loss. The junior from Battle Creek will be the lone returning contributor at the defensive tackle position with the loss of Worthy, Jonathan Strayhorn and Kevin Pickelman.
It will be a position to pay attention to come spring ball. Denzel Drone saw action at DT against Georgia, as did Micajah Reynolds — who switched back to the defensive side of the ball in bowl practices.
Rumors have said Tyler Hoover might move inside from defensive end, as well.
Also a stable of underclassmen, led by Brandon Clemons and Shilique Calhoun are expected to contribute.
(Editor’s Note: Take this worth a grain of salt at this point, until a more well-known source, or multiple sources, can confirm it, it might not be true. But, it is inevitable, and worth posting this for that reason.)