The Spartans finished the 2012 season ranked 110 out of 124 Division I FBS teams in total receiving statistics including receptions, yards receiving and yards per catch.
This statistic seems very alarming for a team that just one year before had two wide outs drafted and another joining an NFL practice squad. Well, the 2013 offseason is well underway, and spring practice has been taking place for the past couple of weeks.
There is one question that needs to be answered before the 2013 season begins: will the receiving corps improve? My answer to this is quite simple. Yes.
Yes, they will improve because nearly every major contributor to the 2012 team returns and returns with more experience under their belt. The Spartans return four of their top five pass catchers from 2012, with the exception being tight end Dion Sims who decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Michigan State returns 75% of its total receiving yardage from last season and nearly 70% of the team’s receptions. This team will be much improved in the passing game, given the improvement of quarterback Andrew Maxwell also.
Young receivers like Aaron Burbridge, Keith Mumphery, Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippitt will all be back and ready to contribute in the fall. The drops should decrease and the route running should vastly improve.
This team has a lot of talent at the receiver position, but the utilization of each player’s talent is key to the Spartans 2013 success.