Michigan State Spartans football players to spend time in Houston-area flood zone

EAST LANSING (AP) — An early break in Michigan State’s schedule is giving Tyler Higby a chance to go back home to the flood-ravaged Houston area.

He’s bringing some teammates with him.

Higby, an offensive lineman for the Spartans, said about a dozen players will make the trip to Texas later this week to spend a couple days helping relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He expects to head down Friday and return Sunday, and he appreciates his teammates’ willingness to go with him during an open date for Michigan State.

“It really means a lot to me,” said Higby, who is from Houston. “We don’t really get much time off, and the two days we do get off, they’re willing to take time and come down to Houston to help. We’ll be in the hot sun all day, helping people move out of the house, move some furniture around, building walls and stuff, so it really does mean a lot.”

Higby’s parents live in the Houston area, and he has plenty of relatives and friends there as well. It hasn’t been easy to focus on football the past couple weeks, but Higby has been glad to have something to help take his mind off the scary situation in Texas.