The Big Ten football season is officially over after five teams were in action on New Year’s Day.
MSU has one of the Big Ten’s two bowl victories this season with its triumph over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The other went to Northwestern, which knocked off Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.
ESPN handed out its helmet stickers for individual performances in bowls earlier today and MSU junior RB Le’Veon Bell was one of the recipients after he ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and completed a pass for 29 yards. Others listed included Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead, Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon, Minnesota’s Michael Carter and the entire Northwestern secondary.
Was Bell’s the best of that bunch? You can vote here.
And looking ahead, how do you see the Spartans faring in the Big Ten and Legends Division next season? Ohio State will be bowl eligible again and likely perceived as the team to beat in the conference, but who is after that and who should be favored in the Legends?
MSU figures to have another dominant defense again, but could lose defensive end Will Gholston as well as Bell (reports indicate he’s talking to agents) and Dion Sims to the NFL draft. Thoughts?
In NFL news, Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced this afternoon that former Spartan Jerel Worthy is done for the season because of a knee injury. Worthy sent out this tweet this afternoon.
@I_AM_Worthy99 : Thanks Packer fans for all your thoughts and prayers. I will bounce back from this and be better then ever! Go Pack Go!”
Worthy was carted off the field with the knee injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
In recruiting, MSU target Tyler Boyd of Clairton, Pa., is slated to make his announcement during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. Boyd is also considering Pitt and West Virginia. Boyd is rated the No. 60 prospect nationally by Rivals.com.