Aaron Burbridge came into the 2012 season hoping for some playing time with an extremely young group of wide outs for the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartan receiving corps was so inexperienced that it led the Big Ten in dropped passes for most of the season.
One of the biggest knocks on the Michigan State offense was the lack of production from anyone not named Le’Veon Bell. The talented running back led the conference in rushing yards in the regular season and finished the season as one of the best backs in the nation — even with an offensive line that seemed to be banged up all season long.
With most of the offensive line returning in 2013 and Bell gone, the Spartan receivers will be looked at much more to take the pressure off Andrew Maxwell — or whoever ends up starting. Leading the conference in dropped passes isn’t something to be proud of and the Spartan receivers worked all offseason to correct those mistakes — although some mistakes were still evident in the first game of 2013 against Western Michigan.
Burbridge needs to be the guy that Maxwell and the rest of the quarterbacks can rely on to catch anything thrown his way. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore wide out had 29 catches for 364 yards receiving as a freshman in 2012 and showed flashes of greatness.
If he can step up his game and rid himself of the drops that seems to incriminate the offense regularly, he can be an All-Big Ten performer and help lead this Spartan offense out of the cellar.