The Michigan State Spartans had their fair share of wide receiving problems in 2012. After a season in which receivers seemed to be at their disposal– Keith Nichol, B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin– in 2011, the receiving corps were inconsistent last season.
There were a few bright spots for the Spartans at the wide out position. Freshman Aaron Burbridge was one of those bright spots for the sometimes non-existent core of receivers.
The Farmington Hills, Mich., native caught 29 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns. He showed promise and the ability to turn a short-yardage catch into big yards.
Burbridge has the size at 6-foot-1, and the speed to be on the list of great receivers that Michigan State has had in their history. The Spartans have had a long line of greats such as Andre Rison, Plaxico Burress, Mushin Muhammed and Charles Rogers. Could Burbridge be next?
His first breakout game came against the lowly Indiana Hoosiers as he caught eight passes for 134 yards and brightened the spirits of Spartan fans everywhere because they were used to a team that had the most dropped passes in the Big Ten. They were also used to a quarterback that was equally as inconsistent and completed just over 50 percent of his passes.
If Michigan State wants to put their disaster 2012 season behind them and look toward a bright future filled with possible Rose Bowl appearances, they will need that go-to guy at the receiver position. Burbridge will be that guy for Michigan State and don’t be surprised if they anoint him as such in 2013.