Michigan State Football: 5 position battles to watch this fall

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) during the game against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

3. Wide Receiver

How can you honestly replace guys like Lippett and Mumphery in the passing game when they both nearly carries the receiving corps a year ago? Sure, the top two wide outs are gone, but that leaves it up to a wealth of talented receivers who are familiar with the offense.

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Losing Lippett and Mumphery won’t be easy, by any means, but when the Spartans have guys like Aaron Burbridge, Macgarrett Kings Jr., R.J. Shelton, A.J. Troup, DeAnthony Arnett, Monty Madaris, Felton Davis III and Darrell Stewart, I’m certain there will be no shortage of talent.

The last two receivers mentioned, Stewart and Davis III, are both freshmen looking to compete for some time and with so many unproven wide outs, there’s a serious chance they will earn it.

Burbridge, on the other hand, came to Michigan State four years ago and played extremely well in his freshman season, but hasn’t had the same type of success since. He will be the leader of this group, though, and joining him will be Kings Jr., Arnett and Shelton who I think will all lead the team in receiving.

Don’t sleep on Madaris, either. This kid has the potential to be great; he just hasn’t had a real shot yet. This could be his breakout season.

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