After surviving a sluggish start in their season opener against Youngstown State, the Michigan State Spartans kicked off 2011 with a 28-6 victory Friday night.
After winning a share of the Big Ten Championship in 2010, the Spartans have renewed high hopes this season thanks to a strong defensive line, a fifth-year senior quarterback in Kirk Cousins and a three-headed monster of Edwin Baker, Le'Veon Bell and Larry Caper at running back.
However, the difference maker in the victory for Michigan State was a record-setting night by wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. Not only did he catch 9 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, but he tied Matt Trannon for the most career receptions in Michigan State history with 148.
Cunningham has big-play ability and great hands, and barring injury will have the record all to himself in the first quarter of the Spartans game against Florida Atlantic this Saturday.
Cunningham's ascent to the peak of the Michigan State receiving ranks came as somewhat of a surprise because of the caliber of wideouts who have made their way through East Lansing.
The Spartans have been pumping out NFL-level receiving prospects for decades. Cunningham is on a similar path and belongs in the conversation of all-time great Michigan State receivers.
Without further ado, the Top 10 wide receivers in Michigan State history.