Michigan State spring game: 5 things we learned

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; The Michigan State Spartans celebrate the win over the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bears 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

5. DeAnthony Arnett is proving his worth

As previously written about on Spartan Avenue, DeAnthony Arnett should be the wide receiver to watch this year. He has been victim to a deep wide receiving core, despite having the physical skills to succeed. Arnett is primed for a breakout year in 2015 and he proved it during the spring game.

Arnett had one inherent advantage over the receivers of the Green team, Connor Cook would be the one throwing him the ball. Right out of the gate, on his first pass attempt of the game, Cook hit Arnett, in stride, for a 24-yard connection. From there on out, Arnett had an efficient game, finishing with five receptions for 51 yards.

The five receptions for 51 yards was enough to lead either team in receiving and he only finished with six less yards than the entire Green team. Arnett proved statistically that he may be the best receiver heading into the fall.

Furthermore, Arnett proved himself beyond the statistics. As Pat Narduzzi infamously said, “stats are for losers,” and it could not be truer for Arnett. Whenever Cook found him in space, he showed the elusiveness that coaches have been raving about. Arnett can take a pass and turn on the jets, or quickly cut into the open field for extra yardage.

Although Aaron Burbidge will be the primary receiver once he’s healthy, I am predicting that Arnett will lead the team in catches. He’s too talented to contain and is a legitimate threat for Cook in any offensive package.

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