Originally written on Little Brother Blog  |  Last updated 11/20/14

"Nobody's safe right now. We don't have a B.J. Cunningham, a Keshawn Martin, that's been established." --MSU wide receivers coach Terry Samuel (Sept. 5, 2012)Freshman Aaron Burbridge looks downfield in his debut against Central Michigan. (Detroit News Photo)

As the search for a big play wide receiver continues, Michigan State turned to some new options against Central Michigan. Some very new options.

True freshmen Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings saw the field for the first time in the Spartans' 41-7 win and, barring injury, no longer will redshirt this year.

Each had two fourth-quarter receptions, but more importantly, made people miss after the catch. Message received.

Behind the clear-cut number one receiver Bennie Fowler, the competition remains open. But among a bevy of options such as Tony Lippett, DeAnthony Arnett, Keith Mumphery, Andre Sims Jr. and Jeremy Langford, some things are starting to take shape.

Firstly, Langford appears headed back to running back in anticipation that Le'Veon Bell leaves early and Langford will be needed there next season. Secondly, it seems probable that Lippett could move back to cornerback next season as Johnny Adams graduates and with the possibility that Darqueze Dennard leaves early. Neither of those things is set in stone, but seem possible.

This much is certain: The Spartans miss the abilities of Keshawn Martin greatly, maybe moreso than any other offensive player from last season.

That is where Burbridge and Kings step in.

Burbridge brings a downfield threat that the Spartans need to open up the playbook and become a true two-dimensional offense. How good is the freshman? Well, he missed time in fall camp with a knee injury and still is on the field this early in his career. The top-rated player from the state of Michigan in the class of 2012 had two receptions for 14 yards.

Kings is the closest thing to Martin on the Michigan State roster, he is a smaller wide receiver with a lot of speed. His first reception came on a bubble screen and he made a man miss with a nifty spin move for a gain of 10 yards. His second reception came on a quick pass from Connor Cook, where he again made a man miss and gained 8 yards.

All four receptions were on short passes -- just getting the young receivers used to being on the field and involved -- but the speed and big play ability is what is getting them chances. And those chances will continue to come for the players now that their redshirts have been burned.

"We ran some hitches to get them the ball to see if they could make plays and they did," Mark Dantonio said. "... We're not going to hold anybody back if they can help us. They (Burbridge and Kings) knew the situation and we put them in there. Now we'll continue to work them in there."

While the battles at wide receiver are far from settled -- an eight-man race for snaps still prevalant -- Burbridge and Kings should factor greatly into the plans of the coaching staff moving forward.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bay Area politicians have discussed Warriors parade

WATCH: Shaq trips and eats it

Report: Sean Miller to take over for Billy Donovan as U19 coach

Cardale Jones responds to Joakim Noah's trash talk

Texas A&M QB Kyler Murray opts out of MLB draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cavs show requisite desperation to make this a series

WATCH: Gronk tells media you can deflate deez nuts

Clippers guard Chris Paul to miss Game 2 against Rockets

The Big 12 football’s new tiebreaker procedure

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ season should turn around soon

Tristan Thompson to start Game 2 vs. Bulls

Ex-Eagle Todd Herremans: Chip Kelly is equally racist

Joakim Noah says fan in Cleveland spit on him after Game 2

WATCH: Brewers broadcasters trapped inside booth, rescued

WATCH: Votto ejected for throwing helmet, bumping ump

Ronda Rousey named most dominant athlete alive

After five games, the playoffs finally start for the Warriors

Sportsbooks remove Patriots, NFL betting futures pending Deflategate punishment

McIlroy, Spieth both downplay notion of budding rivalry

The six best NBA playoff performances so far

Pierre Garcon says legalized pot could help his pizza business

Pedro Martinez: Manny spiked pregame shot with Viagra

Was keeping Andre Ethier L.A.'s best offseason move?

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Harbaugh: I'd love to see Judge Judy on Supreme Court

Chip Kelly: 'I won't be here' if Eagles have to draft top QB

Brewing dispute over A-Rod’s bonuses

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.