Spartans Snapshots (Jan. 16 edition)

Two Sports Illustrated writers pick MSU in Final Four

In SI’s midseason crystal ball feature, Seth Davis and Luke Winn both pegged MSU among their final four teams.

Andy Glocker added in his “bold prediction” a team which started the season outside the Top 25 will make the Final Four, which includes Michigan State.

Michigan State seniors playing in all-star games

Kirk Cousins, Brian Linthicum and Trenton Robinson will be participating in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.

B.J. Cunningham will take part in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Both the Senior Bowl (3 p.m.) and East-West Shrine Game will air on NFL Network.

Keith Nichol will play in the NFLPA Collegeiate Bowl on Jan. 21 in Carson, Ca. Maybe the biggest prospect to keep an eye on because of the potential for position changes, he is listed as a WR/QB for this game.

All-Bowl teams

ESPN and Yahoo both named their 2011 All-Bowl teams last week.

Will Gholston appeared on both sites’ teams after his five tackles for loss, two sacks and fumble recovery.

Darqueze Dennard was elected to Yahoo’s team for his two interceptions, including a 38-yard touchdown return.

Heyboer selected in WPS draft

Former MSU women’s soccer standout Laura Heyboer was selected in the fourth round of the Women’s Professional Soccer draft by Sky Blue FC (based in New Jersey) Friday. She was the 19th pick overall.

Heyboer was named first-team All-Big Ten in each of her four seasons at MSU. She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in Michigan State history.

Cousins takes part in NCAA Convention

Kirk Cousins took part in the NCAA Convention titled “Students First: Giving Student-Athletes the Experience They Deserve,” last week. He spoke on a panel with three athletic directors, sharing what it meant to be a student-athlete.

Here is what he had to say afterward:

Hollis at it … again

Rumors have circulated that Mark Hollis is thinking about a hockey game on an aircraft carrier, and it turns out there have been talks about it — according to the Free Press.

Does this come as a surprise? Not at all. Personally, I am convinced there is no idea too crazy for Hollis to consider, and he listens to any suggestions seemingly. I love it.

This one particularly tickles my fancy: Michigan State Spartans vs. USC Trojans in GREECE. Yup, Greece. That would be awesome. If you haven’t heard that possible plan, here is a bit more about it in the LSJ.

Case of the disappearing fullback

A Beautiful Day for Football did this piece about the use of a fullback in Michigan State’s offense, and drew out some of the formations. It is a really good breakdown of a position that is getting lost in college football. Check it out here.

Women’s basketball falls to No. 11 Ohio State

The Spartans took their first Big Ten loss of the season after reeling off four win’s to open conference play. The visiting Buckeyes left with the victory by a score of 64-56.

The ladies now are 12-6 with a 4-1 Big Ten record.

Pretty cool to see Breslin Center packed out for their game, as well. Nice support for a team that is the reigning Big Ten champs.

Hockey takes weekend series against Northern Michigan

Breaking a three-game skid, Michigan State tied NMU on Friday 5-5, but earned the extra point with the shootout victory (college hockey doesn’t consider it a win, but a tie).

The Spartans went on to win 2-1 on Saturday. They are 12-9-3 and will have a home set next weekend against Lake Superior State.


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