Spring Wrap: Wide Receivers

Spartan Digest takes one final look at the spring of 2013 and who stood out, a step behind and those who will fill out the depth chart when the season opens. We continue our series looking at the Spartans wide receivers.

A year of growth should help Michigan State find some receivers who can catch the ball right? Maybe, but there will still be questions surrounding this group until they prove otherwise.


The advances in receiver's gloves that allow for better grip did not work for many of those who wore Green & White in 2012. So somehow we all felt this issue would go away in 2013. Wrong! The spring showed there are still some issues with Spartan receivers catching the ball with many wishing stickum could be plastered on Spartan uniforms like former Raider defender Lester Hayes.


There is no mistaking the Spartans top receiver is sophomore Aaron Burbridge. After a stellar rookie season that was slowed in the beginning, Burbridge showed why he was the top recruit in Michigan during his senior year. Even more will be expected out of the 6-foot-1 receiver and others must step up to take some of the pressure off him in coverage.


Do veterans like Tony Lippett and Bennie Fowler step up their games or do young players like Monty Madaris and A.J. Troup step forward and show the skills that made them highly sought after recruits?

Can DeAnthony Arnett put everything together and make a mark on the depth chart along with MacGarrett Kings and Andre Sims Jr.? The possibilities are endless if players can show improvement when camp opens but until then fans will be asking the same questions about who else the Spartans will look for to catch the ball.


If no one steps up and grabs playing time look for 2013 signees Jay Harris and Trey Kilgore to earn early reps during their career. At this time we project both players to redshirt. However, by the spring of 2014 they could be pushing those ahead of them.

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