Oct. 8, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Burbridge became just the second freshman - and first true freshman - in Michigan State history to record a 100-yard receiving game, with eight receptions for 134 yards as the Spartans rallied from a 17-point deficit for a 31-27 victory at Indiana. His totals marked season highs for a Spartan wide receiver.
Burbridge's 134 receiving yards also set a Spartan single-game freshman record (previous: red-shirt freshman Terry Love had nine catches for 103 yards vs. Iowa in 2004) and are the most by a true freshman in the NCAA this season against an FBS opponent.
The Farmington Hills, Mich., native helped spark MSU's second-half rally against the Hoosiers, with five receptions for 96 yards coming after halftime. He had at least one reception on four of MSU's five scoring drives. In three previous appearances this season, Burbridge had just two catches for 14 yards.
The Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) return to action Saturday, Oct. 13 to host Iowa (3-2, 1-0) at 12 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The game is being televised on ESPN.