Spartans Snapshots (Dec. 19 edition)

Freshman wide receiver Caesar undergoes surgery

Juwan Caesar had foot surgery Friday to repair a previous injury that had not healed properly.

The 6-foot-4 Caesar , a three-star recruit in 2011 out of Miami Coral Park High School, broke his foot in his senior year and had a cast on it, but the Michigan State medical staff determined it had not healed and required surgery.

A time of recovery is not know, but Caesar should be back well before fall practices, and it probably is safe to assume he will be ready for spring practices.

Here is why this matters:

I don’t know if it’s crazy to say, but he has flashes of B.J. Cunningham in his jumping ability and hands. He also resembles Cunningham in his speed — it takes a few steps to get up to full speed. Either way, this is an exciting player who MSU fans should be very, very excited about.

Ray receives award

Offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. has been named the winner of the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl/Football Writers of Association of America Courage Award.

Diagnosed with bone cancer before coming to MSU, Ray went through nine surgeries — including four bone grafts — as well as several sessions of chemotherapy.

The award will be presented Jan. 3 at the Orange Bowl coaches luncheon in Miami, and Ray will be honored again Jan. 4 during the Orange Bowl game. Read more here.

This video from the Big Ten Network also is really good and tells his story.

Narduzzi no longer a candidate at Akron

Rumors had linked defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to the job opening at Akron, but he has removed himself from consideration according to CBS’s Bruce Feldman. Next problem, Narduzzi now is rumored to have interviewed for the coaching vacancy at Pitt.

Keep crossing your fingers that the right opportunity doesn’t present itself yet, frankly, Mark Dantonio’s staff cannot afford to lose another one of its top recruiters — not to mention a fantastic defensive coordinator.

Besides, the assistant coaches are due to receive raises in early 2012.

Big Ten Network recaps the MSU season

BTN’s Tom Dienhart broke down the 2011 Michigan State football season and its highpoint and lowpoint in this story. Check it out.

Spartans offer two at junior day

Mark Dantonio hosted many top high school juniors Saturday, and at least two left with scholarship offers. Flint Carman Ainsworth running back Gerald Holmes and Avon (Ind.) defensive end Elijah Daniel are the newest members of the 2013 class to receive offers from Michigan State.

Birmingham Brother Rice linebacker Jon Reschke was expected to be in attendance, but did not make it. He already holds an offer.

Football seniors honored at halftime (This is a note from Saturday’s basketball recap)

Mark Dantonio was joined at halftime on the court by some of the senior members of the football team. They were honored for their achievements as the winningest class in school history. Here is a pretty cool photo from the MSU football Twitter account. And here is another.

Not only was this a much deserved move — which frankly should have taken place with students on campus to give these players a proper ovation — but a smart one on Dantonio’s part given the large number of potential recruits at the game (which likely was why it took place Saturday and not when students returned to campus).

At the end of his short speech, Dantonio said, “Go Green. Beat Georgia!”

Basketball moves up in AP Poll

The Spartans men’s basketball team moved up to No. 19 in the polls after its win against Bowling Green. The team previously was ranked No. 21. Michigan stayed at No. 20.

Neitzel sees playing time in first preseason game

Former MSU guard Drew Neitzel played four minutes in the Dallas Mavericks’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. He was 0-for-1 from the field. He is a longshot to make the roster, as he is competing with at least two other guards to be Jason Kidd’s backup.

**This will be updated throughout the day**


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