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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Big Ten rankings: No. 14, Jerel Worthy

By Brian Bennett

The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, continue with:

No. 14: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State, Jr., 6-3, 310

2010 numbers: Had 40 total tackles, including eight for loss and four sacks in 13 games.

Why he's here: We're not including NFL potential on this list, but if we were, Worthy might rank much closer to the top. Many project him as one of top prospects at the next level for whenever he chooses to come out. As it stands, Worthy is already one of the best players in the Big Ten. He led the team in sacks last year as a redshirt sophomore, which included a takedown of Denard Robinson behind the line of scrimmage and a blocked field goal against rival Michigan. Worthy's strength and speed make him a difficult matchup for interior offensive linemen. Expect to hear his name bandied about by the NFL Draft gurus, and don't be surprised if he captures plenty of college awards and honors on his way to the pros.

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