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Outback Bowl 2012: Michigan State Will Be Without Bennie Fowler, Matt Giampapa

The Michigan State Spartans will be without at least two contributors for the Outback Bowl, according to Joe Rexrode on Twitter. It looks like long snapper Matt Giampapa is suspended from the bowl game for a violation of team rules. While this may seem insignificant, a replacement long snapper is always a gamble, and blown special teams plays have always been costly.

On top of that, receiver Bennie Fowler is set to miss the bowl game with a foot stress fracture. He's been banged up all season, only playing in five games this season, and will certainly be missed. In 2011, he led the Spartans with 161 all-purpose yards in the Capital One Bowl against Alabama. His last game was back on Nov. 12 against Iowa. The same foot injury has kept him out of all the games since then, and there was little chance he'd be good to go for this one.

Steve Moore is set to handle the long snapping duties in place of Giampapa.