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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) runs the ball against Air Force Falcons defensive back Jesse Washington (21) at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Watching Aaron Burbridge play on Saturday probably gave every fan in the stands flashbacks to Tony Lippett from a year ago. A guy who was more of a second or third option in previous years is really blossoming into a solid No. 1 receiver who has the potential to be one of the best wide outs in Mark Dantonio’s tenure.

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In fact, he looked so solid that Cook couldn’t do anything but get the ball in his hands nearly every time. More than half of the senior quarterback’s completions were to Burbridge as the senior receiver finished with eight catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

Not only was this the best game of his four-year career at MSU, but the big game was his third 100-yard receiving contest on the year and he surpassed his previous season-high for receiving with 374 yards and we are only in week three — his previous high was 364 as a freshman.

Burbridge has become the top receiver in the Big Ten this season and he’s impressing anyone who has watched a game this year. It seems as if his routes are being run more fluid than ever and he has the speed and athletic ability to get open whenever he wants.

Don’t forget that he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and that he set the internet on fire with this acrobatic first-half touchdown catch:

"Most impressive part of this @MSU_Football highlight: Aaron Burbridge’s catch or footwork? — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 19, 2015"

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