Big Ten Football Heisman Contenders: Week 4 edition

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) catches a touchdown pass against the Air Force Falcons during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Why is Aaron Burbridge in the Heisman conversation as a receiver? Well, if he can make plays like this, there’s no telling what else he can do:

When Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery departed from the program after last season to pursue their professional football dreams, the Spartans were left with a handful of unproven receivers who didn’t have a leader.

That leader now happens to be Burbridge who has set the Big Ten on fire with his athletic ability, speed and incredible hands.

During this hot stretch to start the 2015 season, Burbridge has racked up 374 yards and four touchdowns on 20 receptions. The senior from Farmington Hills, Mich., has already broken his previous high for receiving yards is a season — his previous high mark was 364 yards during his freshman year.

Burbridge’s 18.7 yards per reception and four touchdowns are also both highs for a single season. His performance against Air Force really set him apart from the rest of the conference’s receivers as he finished with eight catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns, looking like he could be the No. 1 wide out on any team.

The fourth-year vet’s confidence has taken a huge leap while his quarterback, Connor Cook, has placed all his trust in the speedy wide out’s hands.

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