With back-to-back top five rankings, Michigan State enters 2015 as a team to watch. However, there could be a few potholes in the Spartans path as they look to win a Big Ten title and earn a spot in the college football playoffs.
With the loss of Tony Lippett and three other letterwinners from this group, fan’s know there will be some questions when projecting what the Spartans can do in 2015.
TIME TO STEP FORWARD AND PRODUCE
Senior receiver Aaron Burbridge is already a senior and it’s time for the highly recruited receiver to step forward and become a star. Burbridge enters the season with 80 career catches for 916 yards and three touchdowns. To put into perspective, Lippett pulled down 65 balls for 1,198 yards and 11 scores last season.
Like Burbridge, Monty Madaris must step forward and show the talent that made him a big catch coming out of high school. Coaches are talking highly about the Cincinnati native, but he must step up his game and become a bigger target in 2015.
It’s hard to complain about R.J. Shelton as he’s already earned two letters during his career as a multi-dimensional player for the Spartans. In 2015 Shelton needs to post more than 16 catches and two touchdowns to give the Spartans another option.
Junior tight end Josiah Price has proven to be a dependable target and is coming off a solid season with 26 catches for 374 yards and six touchdowns. Price is expected to see more help from Jamal Lyles giving the Spartans two tight end targets capable of being solid receivers and blockers.
OTHERS TO WATCH AND WHY
DeAnthony Arnett – Fifth-year Senior
Spartan fans expected big things from the Michigan native when he transferred to MSU from Tennessee. However, six career catches are not what fans expected or want to see in his final year at MSU.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD
The good is the Spartans have a few highly recruited players at wide receiver.
The bad is the only one fans can expected to shine is Burbridge.
The good is the tight end position has depth with one proven performer and one looking ready to breakout to go with a couple young players to watch.
The bad is there are too many question marks at receiver to feel really good on the production that will be seen during the season.
Only the biggest die hard Spartan fan can feel good about the Spartans wide receivers at this time. The Green-White game could shed some light on what to expect when the team takes the field in the season opener. Highly recruited talent is on the roster and their time is running out before the staff might be forced to look at younger players to step forward and shine.