Keeping up with the rest of the post-regular season awards, the American Football Coaches Association has named their 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team. Since 1945, the AFCA has selected an All-America team and it's all chosen exclusively by the coaches themselves.
The Michigan State Spartans are represented in the team by defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. The junior has been a force for MSU, clogging up the defensive line and doing a good job stopping the run. He also tallied 3.5 sacks for a total loss of about thirty yards, while adding another 8.5 tackles for loss in the backfield, for 40 yards.
Worthy was also the only defender from MSU to make the first team of the All-Big Ten team by the coaches and the media.
He joins other great defensive linemen like Whitney Mercilus, Melvin Ingram, and Alex Okafor. The rest of the defense includes linebackers Dont'a Hightower, Jarvis Jones and Lavonte Davis and defensive backs Mark Barron, Morris Claiborne, Markelle Martin and DeQuan Menzie. Worthy was MSU's only player to make the team. Alabama had the most players represented with five.