MSU’s Burbridge is Big Ten’s offensive player of week

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Michigan State senior wide receiver Aaron Burbridge was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Burbridge had career-highs in receiving yards (156) and touchdowns (three) in Saturday’s 35-21 victory over Air Force. He also matched a career high with eight catches with his touchdowns coming from quarterback Connor Cook on receptions of 28, 32 and 21 yards.

“Aaron is playing with the confidence and aggressive mentality that makes it fun for a coach,” Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel said. “An added bonus is the way he’s preparing for each opponent. He knows the secondary and how the defensive backs will play him.”

Burbridge’s three touchdown receptions tied Michigan State’s single-game record, accomplished last by B.J. Cunningham against Wisconsin in the 2011 Big Ten Championship game. It was also the third straight 100-yard receiving game for Burbridge and the fourth of his career. His performance against Air Force was the fourth time in school history an MSU wide receiver caught three touchdowns and had more than 150 yards receiving in the same game.

It is the first time a Spartan has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Jeremy Langford on Oct. 14, 2013. Last week, Riley Bullough was Defensive Player of the Week and running back LJ Scott was Co-Freshman of the Week.

Big Ten Players of the Week

Offense: Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State

Defense: Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Special teams: Marshall Koehn, K, Iowa

Co-Freshmen: Jonathan Crawford, S, Indiana; Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State