Michigan State Football: What worked and didn’t work against Western

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Sep 4, 2015; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver R.J. Shelton (12) turns the corner on the Western Michigan Broncos defense prior to a game at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports


After losing Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphrey, wide receiver was one of the big question marks coming into the season. While the team may have found its next Tony Lippett in Aaron Burbridge, that second guy hasn’t yet stepped up.

What went well: Aaron Burbridge

Aaron Burbridge was highly recruited out Farmington Hills Harrison and only raised expectations after playing well as a true freshman. Inconsistency and injury have led to a pretty disappointing career. However, the upside that once existed is still there and Burbridge played like a true No. 1 receiver against Western Michigan.

What didn’t: Hanging on to the ball

There were too many drops by Macgarrett Kings and A.J. Troup in this game.

Cook’s accuracy numbers took a hit with those dropped balls, In addition, R.J. Shelton fumbled on a jet sweep. Dropped balls plagued the 2o12 team and though this looks nothing like that season, the receivers not named Aaron need to step up their game.

If Troup does not become more consistent, look for DeAnthony Arnett to take his place in the rotation. Arnett had a very nice game with his first every touchdown as a Spartan.

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