Michigan State vs Purdue: 5 Spartans who need to step up

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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

2. Receivers not named Burbridge

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

Aaron Burbridge is off to an amazing start to his senior season, leading the Big Ten in touchdown receptions (4) and second in receiving yards with 405.

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However, Michigan State has not seen consistent performances out of its other receivers. R.J. Shelton and Macgarrett Kings Jr. have each had a solid game this season but have failed to be a consistent threat on a weekly basis. Kings has just 121 receiving yards, while Shelton has 80 through four games. No other receiver has more than three receptions or 44 yards — other than tight end Josiah Price.

A.J. Troup has shown shaky hands and an inability to get open, while DeAnthony Arnett seems to be back on a milk carton after catching two balls for 36 yards and a score against Western Michigan. The fact that Arnett still does not consistently see the field, especially with Shelton and Kings struggling at times, is mystifying.

Mark Dantonio informed the media on Tuesday that wide receiver Monty Madaris has missed the first four games due to an injury, and should be back soon. Madaris and freshman Felton Davis III could be other options at wideout if Kings and Shelton do not cement themselves in the coming weeks.

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