Plenty of little news items so far today.
MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-American team this morning. The squad is headlined by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Other Big Ten players on the team include Michigan tight end Devin Funchess and Iowa offensive lineman Austin Blythe and Penn State defensive lineman Deion Barnes. First-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer earned the coaching honors on the team.
Allen, a guard/center, started 12 games for the Spartans this fall. He started seven at center and five at left guard. Allen was also named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com.
In other football related news, MSU senior Anthony Rashad White will compete in the inaugural Raycom All-Star Classic on Jan. 19. The game takes place at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., and Rashad White will be on the Stars team. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.
MSU right guard Chris McDonald and cornerback Mitchell White will be competing in the second annual Casino Del Sol All-Star game in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday. Both are members of the East team. The Tucson Citizen has the complete rosters here.
The other Spartan playing in an All-Star game is Johnny Adams, who will play in the Senior Bowl.
The MSU men’s basketball team dropped four spots in this week’s AP poll after opening Big Ten play with a road loss to Minnesota and then rebounding to beat Purdue at home on Saturday. Michigan is ranked No. 2 and received three first-place votes, Indiana is No. 5, Minnesota is No. 8, Illinois is No. 12 and Ohio State is ranked 15th in this week’s poll. Future Big Ten program Maryland was among the teams outside the top 25 receiving votes.
The MSU women’s team is receiving seven votes in this week’s AP poll after opening their Big Ten schedule with a win over Minnesota before losing to No. 9 Penn State on Sunday. Penn State moved up to No. 8 in this week’s poll, while Purdue is No. 12. Nebraska is the top team receiving votes outside the top 25, while Michigan has the third most votes. Illinois is also receiving votes in this week’s poll.