Aaron Burbridge, who is just the seventh Spartan to reach the 1,000-yard receiving milestone in a single-season, leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,158; 96.5 ypg.) and receptions (75; 6.3 pg.), figures which also rank among the FBS leaders (13th in receiving yards, 23rd in receptions). His team-high seven TDs are tied for fourth most in the conference. He has recorded seven 100-yard receiving games this season, one shy of the MSU single-season record (B.J. Cunningham, eight, 2011). He also leads the team with 282 yards after the catch (YAC) and has 21 receptions of 20-plus yards.
The 6-1, 208-pound Burbridge currently has 75 catches, third most in an MSU single-season. He needs just five receptions to set a new Spartan single-season record (79 held by Devin Thomas in 2007 and Cunningham in 2011).
“Aaron Burbridge is playing his best football as a senior,” Dantonio said. “Aaron has made big play after big play this season, and he’s certainly deserving of being selected the Receiver of the Year in the conference. He has 75 receptions for more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s been consistently productive, with seven 100-yard receiving games. Aaron is an electrifying player when the ball is in his hands, and he gains a lot of yards after the catch.”
Burbridge led the team with six catches for 75 yards on Senior Day vs. Penn State, including a 29-yard touchdown reception from Connor Cook in the third quarter in which he eluded several tacklers on his way into the end zone. He has led the team in receiving in 10 of 12 games this season.
Burbridge tied his career high with 10 catches and established a career high for receiving yards with 164 at Nebraska on Nov. 7; he also had a 33-yard TD catch in the third quarter. It marked Burbridge’s fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game and his seventh of the season. His 164 receiving yards were the most ever by a Spartan wide receiver against the Huskers.
In MSU’s 27-23 win over No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 17, Burbridge hauled in nine catches for 132 yards while being matched up against All-Big Ten first-team cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Burbridge recorded a career-high 10 receptions and had 156 receiving yards in the win at Rutgers.
The Farmington Hills, Michigan, native was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after setting a career high with three touchdown catches in the win over Air Force in Week 3; he had eight receptions overall for 156 yards against the Falcons. He scored on TD grabs of 28, 32 and 21 yards from Cook. Burbridge’s first TD grab was an acrobatic reception in the corner of the end zone that was named one of the top plays of the week by several national media outlets.
Burbridge’s three TD receptions tied MSU’s single-game record (last player: B.J. Cunningham vs. Wisconsin, 2011 Big Ten Championship Game), and it also marked Burbridge’s third straight 100-yard receiving game. He topped the 100-yard receiving mark in the first half alone, with five catches for 112 yards and two TDs.
Burbridge has recorded 155 receptions for 2,074 yards and 10 TDs in 49 career games. He ranks among MSU’s all-time leaders in receptions (second with 155), 100-yard receiving games (fifth with eight) and receiving yards (11th with 2,074).
Burbridge is the third Spartan wide receiver to garner first-team All-Big Ten accolades under Dantonio (Blair White, 2009; Lippett, 2014).
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