Spartans Snapshots (Dec. 26 edition)
I posted earlier about a blog I am working on with Bernie’s Dawg Blawg, in which we will answer our readers questions about each other’s respective teams. A reminder to send me your questions in any way you desire.
Fowler out for Outback Bowl
LSJ’s Joe Rexrode reported Mark Dantonio said this afternoon that wide receiver Bennie Fowler is out with a stress fracture in his foot for the Outback Bowl. He also said they will seek a sixth year of eligibility for Fowler.
Fowler, a redshirt sophomore, was out with a stress fracture in 2009 — his redshirt season. Dantonio did say it was the opposite foot in 2009, but a similar fracture. It could be a recurring injury problem, which is bad news for a player expected to be the top wide receiver on the team next season.
Giampapa out for Outback Bowl
Long snapper Matt Giampapa also is out for the Outback Bowl for breaking a team rule, also according to Rexrode. Steve Moore, a sophomore, will replace him.
Matt Dorsey’s take on Ohio State sanctions and their affect on recruiting
I found this story from the Free Press very interesting, especially for the final paragraph:
“An Ohio State coach once told SpartanMag.com that the program really wanted to add another wide receiver to the class of 2007, but did not have the scholarship room. The Buckeyes used their last scholarship on defensive back Rocco Pentello. They did not have room for the next player on the board, wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.”
Think about that one for a minute, if not for a defensive back — who after three years in Columbus transferred to Ashland — was higher on the Ohio State want list, Cunningham might never have become a Spartan. Turns out the loss of nine scholarships in the next three years could have a big impact on the players Michigan State pulls in.
Men’s basketball moves up in AP poll
Michigan State moved up three spots from No. 19 to No. 16 in The Associated Press poll today. The Spartans face No. 13 Indiana (12-0) on Wednesday at Breslin Center.
Neitzel, Summers cut from NBA teams
Last week, former Spartans Drew Neitzel and Durrell Summers were cut from the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats.
Neitzel scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting in his second preseason game with Dallas. He totaled 18 minutes in two games, scoring seven points on 3-for-7 shooting.
Summers scored two points, recording one rebound in 10 minutes in two preseason games.
From Neitzel’s Twitter account: “Disappointed but so blessed to be a part of the World Champs for the past 2 weeks. First class organization from top to bottom. #illbeback”
Spartans and Bulldogs can EAT
At tonight’s Outback Steakhouse Team Welcome Dinner in Tampa, the two teams combined to consume more than 4,500 pounds of food during the dinner, including 750 pounds of ribeye steak, 750 pounds of chicken and 900 pounds of ribs – all cooked over a woodfire grill. In addition, more than 700 pounds of house salad, 200 pounds of green beans, 160 Bloomin’ Onions, 1,200 pounds of cheese cake, 80 gallons of barbecue sauce and 90 cases of soda and water were ingested.
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