November 20, 2011

Was it Worthy's last game at Spartan Stadium too?

EAST LANSING - Junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy dropped by a Michigan State basketball practice during the team's prep for the season opener against North Carolina on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

After watching practice, the 6-foot-3, 310-pound three-year starter had a 1-on-1 conversation with Spartan basketball coach Tom Izzo, who encouraged him to keep putting in the work necessary to do things that others haven't done before.

"That is why he loves to schedule big games like the ones against North Carolina and Duke because he likes do things that have never been done," Worthy said. "When you get encouragement from a guy that has done so much, that is the type of mindset that you have to have. That is the mindset I want to have and that is the mindset that this team has, doing things that have never been done."

Izzo's other advice to Worthy?

"Just being a leader and continuing to work hard getting better at your craft," said Worthy, "trying to never really have a down moment. Even when a team is slacking or something like that, you can always work to improve and work to lift your team up. He harped on doing things that have never been done."

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