Big Ten Football Heisman Watch: Week 5 edition

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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

Michigan State‘s star senior receiver is having a breakout campaign, already surpassing his career-highs in yards, touchdown passes and he’s just one good game away from breaking his previous high for catches in a season. Right now, Aaron Burbridge has 24 catches and he just needs five to break his best mark.

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Burbridge had started the season with three 100-yard games before catching four passes for 31 yards and no scores against Central Michigan.

The bigger threat he is to opposing defenses, the more he will be keyed on and the more difficult it will be for him to rack up the catches and yards. Connor Cook will need to develop more targets in the coming weeks in order for defensive backs to start paying more attention to other receivers.

Receivers rarely contend for the Heisman, let alone win it, but Burbridge definitely has the talent to keep his name in the hat at least for the foreseeable future.

Cook’s favorite target might just be the most improved player in the Big Ten and he’s ranked second in receiving yards in the conference, but is probably the best overall talent.

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