Found October 09, 2012 on
The B1g Time:
Michigan State found itself down 17-0 at Indiana in the first quarter of Saturday’s B1G matchup. A place no team wanted to be or has been since 2009, which was the first time in a long time that Indiana led a B1G opponent at halftime. The Spartans have had two previous 17 point comebacks under Mark Dantonio and the players knew what had to be done. With the MSU offense playing stagnant, someone had to step-up.
Spartan fans say hello to true freshman wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. The 6’1” 200 pound freshman may have saved the passing game for the season. It was easy to see early that the coaching staff had a great deal of confidence in the true freshman by taking a deep shot in the first quarter, which Burbridge was almost able to haul in. Burbridge was able to catch 3 passes for 38 yards in the first half, as Michigan State entered the locker room down 27-14.
The three first half catches were only a small sign of things to come for Burbridge in the final two quarters. Burbridge exploded in the second half with 5 catches for 96 yards. Aaron made a few special plays, including one for 35 yards and 5 of his catches were first down grabs. This team finally has what it has been looking for: A go-to receiver. Burbridge’s performance was enough to win him Big Ten Freshman of the week.
Aaron Burbridge was not the only young Spartan player to impress on Saturday, sophomore Taiwan Jones and redshirt freshman RJ Williamson were also able to make their mark in the game.
Jones a true sophomore linebacker has impressed the MSU coaching staff this year as well as last year. Jones was the only true freshman last year to not be redshirted, but the Spartans rarely were able to use him last year. Jones tied his career high in tackles with four, but did so in an impressive manner. One play that stood out was where Taiwan was able to shed his blocker and quickly cover ground on the IU player to make the tackle. The speed and quickness of that play was quite impressive, and it’s one of the reasons Jones has a legitimate shot to start over four year starter and captain Chris Norman.
Redshirt freshman safety RJ Williamson continued his solid freshman campaign with a career-high nine tackles against the Hoosiers. Williamson played so well that he has taken over junior Jarius Jones' spot as the co-starter along with sophomore Kurtis Drummond.
The youth on this team has been a pleasant surprise so far, in a season that has not been associated with optimism these players have been able to make fans optimistic of what’s to come. Look for these three players as well as a few more to continue to make a name for themselves this season as the Spartans fight their way back into contention for the B1G title.
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