Loss of Burbridge A Concern?

Michigan State fans had high hopes Aaron Burbridge could enter the Spartans program and provide instant results as a wide receiver. However, an injury suffered prior to his arrival has now changed those hopes. Is the loss of Burbridge a concern?

The announced loss of freshman wide receiver Aaron Burbridge for at least six weeks took Spartan fans by surprise. Should Michigan State fans be worried about the Spartans offensive attack? It's not often true freshmen come into a college football program and take to the field. While Le'Veon Bell used his early entrance to get a spring under his belt before his first preseason camp, Aaron Burbridge spent the summer putting the finishing touches on his academic work and working out on his own.

That time alone proved to be costly as Burbridge entered Spartans preseason camp already nagging with an injury.

Spartans offensive coordinator Dan Roushar feels this set back is a big blow.

"I think it hurts a lot," said Roushar. "Obviously we had high hopes from Aaron. Aaron, day one, has a knee injury, something that he hurt this summer and it became more apparent to us that he had a problem, so they scoped him, cleaned him up, they said he's six weeks.

"That's a long ways out for a wide receiver, particularly not getting the reps right now and learning the system. Hopefully we can get him back and bring him back into the fold."

While the loss of one player who has yet to take a snap during his college career could be worked around, the Spartans have also seen their other top receiver signee slowed by an injury in Monty Madaris.

"Madaris has a high ankle sprain," said Roushar. "Unfortunately that set him back as well. Those are two big blows to that wide receiver corps. We are hoping to get a feel where they were at and what they could do for us."

Spartans Digest Take: While many had high hopes of Burbridge providing instant success after a very successful high school career, the fact he missed summer conditioning on campus made most wonder if he would be ready to compete for a major role.

With the Spartans about two weeks from the season opener and no breaks in the schedule until November, it will be interesting to see if Mark Dantonio looks to put Burbridge on the field this fall. From all accounts it would be at the earliest the Ohio State game before he'd be ready to return and with the missed reps how much of the offense Will Burbridge fully understand would be a major concern.

However, if there is one position where missed reps can be had its wide receiver. If the Spartans receive solid play from those ahead of Burbridge fans will surly hope for Burbridge to take a redshirt year giving him another season in the Green & White.


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