Central Michigan vs Michigan State: Final grades for the Spartans

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Sep 26, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. (85) is tripped up by Central Michigan Chippewas defensive back Tony Annese (18) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receivers: C+

You can’t give Connor Cook a ‘C+’ without giving his receivers the same mark, especially in a game in which he looked solid for most of it, but was scrambling to escape pressure on many occasions.

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Michigan State’s deep, yet unproven, receiving corps are looking more and more inexperienced by the week, but it seems like more guys are stepping up to come to the aid of Aaron Burbridge who had been carrying this unit for three weeks.

Macgarrett Kings Jr. got things started with a huge reception on the first pass play of the game for MSU, but after that it was all crickets for the receiving corps.

Burbridge finished the game with just 31 receiving yards on four catches while my pick for breakout player of the game, R.J. Shelton, went reception-less in this one and the third-leading receiver was backup tight end Jamal Lyles.

Lyles may have had the catch of the day as his 26-yard grab and run down the middle of the field set up the Spartans with great field position when the offense was looking quite stagnant.

This group desperately needs to step up next week, tight ends included.

Next: Offensive/Defensive lines