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2015 NFL DRAFT

Kirk Cousins, QB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Holland, MI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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6552-3
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04/29/2012 - After trading three first-round picks and a second-round selection to choose Robert Griffin III second overall on Thursday, the Redskins drafted Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins with the seventh choice in the fourth round. But coach Mike Shanahan doesn't think he has created a typical Washington quarterback controversy although Cousins won 27 games as a three-year starter for the Spartans. "Any time you get a quarterback like Robert in the second pick of a draft ... he's your franchise quarterback," Shanahan said. "He's going to be your quarterback for the next decade. (Kirk) knows he's going to be a backup ... but there (are) injuries. I thought it was a steal for us." Washington was the first team to select two quarterbacks during the first four rounds since Green Bay in 1989. The last time the Redskins chose a quarterback in the top 10 before Griffin was in 1994 when they took Heath Shuler. He was eventually beaten out by Gus Frerotte, whom the Redskins chose in the seventh round that year. Before the third day of the draft was done, the Redskins cut John Beck, who nearly beat out Rex Grossman to be the opening day starter in 2011 but performed poorly in his three starts. Cousins, who won 27 games as a three-year starter, is undeniably talented, but coach Mike Shanahan created the kind of quarterback controversy that has often enveloped the Redskins. "It is a little surprising," Cousins said on a conference call. "I was trying to forecast which teams would be looking at a quarterback and I didn't see the Redskins thinking along those lines, but coach Shanahan's words to me were that he couldn't pass me up." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 4/102 -- Kirk Cousins, QB, 6-3, 214, Michigan State...If the LeRibeus pick was surprising, this one was shocking. If Griffin, whom the Redskins paid a record price to acquire, is as good as they believe, Cousins will only see the field if the former is hurt. - The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, 6-3, 214, 2-3...Descriptions and statistics on Cousins might be hard to evaluate. He has good size, played four years in a pro system including two as captain, is a great citizen in the community, a strong team leader on the field and has already graduated with a 3.68 GPA in kinesiology. As far as statistics, Cousins is MSU's career record holder in passing touchdowns (66), passing yards (9,131), completions (723) and passing efficiency (146.1 rating). After that he was impressive in both Senior Bowl workouts and the game, and then did well at the scouting combine and looked even better at his pro day. Perhaps the only obvious wart on his list of achievements is that his career statistics include a total of minus-127 yards rushing, which may be revealing. Cousins is football smart and performs well within the system, but when things go awry he does not have the knack or arm as a passer, nor the athleticism as a runner, to make good things happen. In fact, closer analysis of his stats shows that an inordinate amount of completions and yards were either screens or very short passes. His arm strength and passing velocity are less than scouts want, but they are still intrigued by his advanced understanding of a pro-like passing system and excellent anticipation. Despite his statistical accuracy (64 percent completions), Cousins does not place the ball well to help yards after the catch and if he is unable to throw in rhythm his effectiveness declines noticeably. Cousins broke his ankle coming out of high school and after being ignored by most big schools was set to go to Toledo until Mark Dantonio was hired as MSU's head coach. After failing to get his preferred quarterbacks, Dantonio offered Cousins a chance and it paid off. In that regard, there is a chance history might repeat. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - The Browns are committed to Colt McCoy as their quarterback for 2012, but they must be serious when they say they want to provide competition for him. At least three of the potential draftees invited to team headquarters for visits are quarterbacks - Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Kirk Cousins. - The Sports Xchange

03/31/2012 - Along with a private workout with Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill this week, the Chiefs are scheduled to have a private workout next week with QB Kirk Cousins of Michigan State. Cousins' physical skills don't rank him among the top QBs in this year's draft, but he has all the intangibles the Chiefs desire -- leadership, intelligence, work ethic -- and football is very important to him. - Bob Gretz, CBS Sports

03/15/2012 - The repetitive lack of originality from members of the media has prepared former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins well for life's latest round of interviews. Twenty-five of the NFL's 32 teams have spoken to Cousins somewhat formally, he said, many with the same questions. "It's similar to talking to the media in college," Cousins said after Wednesday's Michigan State pro day at the Skandalaris Football Center. "You're going to get a lot of same questions at different times in the week or different times of the year. I think the fact of the matter is you have to remind yourself this is the first time they're speaking with you and make the most of a first impression. "I've go through this process once. I'm going to enjoy it all I can." "It's really a process of devaluation, rather than evaluation," Cousins said. "They're trying to find what's wrong with you. They're try to see why they shouldn't draft you. So they're not going to focus on the positives. They're not going to focus on that I was the winningest quarterback in school history. They're not going to focus on that we won 11 games in back-to-back years. They're going to focus on the games we lost and why we lost them and whatever you accomplish, they're going to tell you what you didn't do. "You can't be defensive, you have to take ownership. At the end of the day, these guys know football well enough to know that sometimes it wasn't always your fault. But they want to see you take ownership. "That can wear on you. But it's part of the process and we understand that going into it. But certainly draft day will be a welcomed relief in the sense that, that work is all done and I'll be able to go to a team and show them what I can do and what I'm capable of." - Graham Couch, Michigan Live

03/14/2012 - Representatives of "virtually all" of the NFL teams were on hand to see a talented class of Michigan State Spartans work out Wednesday at the university's Pro Day. Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins was an obvious focus of scouts on hand. Cousins demonstrated his accuracy during passing drills but otherwise largely stood on the workout he'd had at the Scouting Combine, according to a league source present for the Pro Day. There were a handful of quarterbacks coaches at the workout, including from the Browns, Seahawks and Vikings. Junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, Michigan State's top-rated prospect according to NFLDraftScout.com's rankings, answered any concerns about his strength with 28 reps of 225 pounds Wednesday after not participating in this event in Indianapolis. He also ran the 40-yard dash again, registering a similar time (5.02-5.07) as the one he had at the Combine (officially a 5.08). Junior running back Edwin Baker boosted his stock by running faster in East Lansing than he had at the Combine. Baker, who had clocked in at 4.53 seconds at Indianapolis was credited with a 4.40 time Wednesday. A strong effort was also turned in by safety Trent Robinson. The athletic safety had impressed at the Combine, turning in one of the better all-around performances at his position there, including running well (4.53). He shaved a tenth of a second off of his time for scouts Wednesday, however, and showed good agility and speed throughout his positional drills, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/26/2012 - Of the quarterbacks throwing in the morning session, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins was clearly the most polished. While he does not possess a cannon for an arm, Cousins showed enough zip and excellent accuracy on the deep out and was particularly accurate on the post-corner route -- a throw many view as the most difficult asked of quarterbacks during the Combine workout. Cousins does the little things well. While other passers struggled with their footwork and release point, Cousins' has a clean set-up and delivery and consistently stared down the middle as he dropped back, mimicking the form he'd use during a game to look off the safety before turning to fire passes to the outside. Considering his four years starting experience, two years as a captain and experience in a pro-style offense, don't be surprised if Cousins enjoys a late rise up draft boards very similar to the one Andy Dalton enjoyed a year ago. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: Just as he was throughout the week of practice, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, for the North, was the most impressive quarterback in the game. He completed only five of 11 passes overall, with a touchdown and an interception. However, that one touchdown pass, a 41-yarder to Arizona State's Gerrell Robinson with 11:44 left in the third quarter, gave the North a 23-13 lead and enough cushion to hold on for a victory. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL MONDAY: Making a strong first impression at the Senior Bowl can send a player's stock skyrocketing and boost his rookie contract by millions of dollars. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and California wide receiver Marvin Jones can't start writing checks just yet, but if they continue the sparkling efforts turned in Monday during the North Team practices they could prove to be two of the big winners from this year's Senior Bowl. Cousins out-shined Wisconsin's Russell Wilson and Boise State's Kellen Moore by attacking all levels of a talented North defense. His experience in a pro-style offense was obvious as he made quick decisions, showed accuracy short, middle and deep and threaded the needle through tight spaces. Whereas his teammates struggled to find a rhythm with their new receiving corps, Cousins was sharp as he spread the ball all over the field and hit his backs, tight ends and receivers on a variety of routes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/12/2012 - A Senior Bowl invite doesn't guarantee anything in the NFL Draft, but it it does mean - several months out - a player is well on the radar. NFL scouts, coaches and personnel directors, it appears, want a close look at former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Spartans' all-time passing leader and winningest QB has been chosen as one of the Senior Bowl's six quarterbacks. While Cousins still isn't on the official slow-to-update Senior Bowl roster as of this morning, he mentioned again Wednesday - via Twitter - that he was headed back to Bradenton, Fla., to prepare for the Senior Bowl and was listed as one of the game's quarterbacks in several reports. Boise State's Kellen Moore, Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, Arizona's Nick Foles, San Diego State's Ryan Lindley and Oklahoma's Brandon Weeden are the other quarterbacks, either reported or on the roster. Michigan State tight end Brian Linthicum and safety Trenton Robinson are also expected to play in the Jan. 28 game in Mobile, Ala. - Graham Couch, Michigan Live

01/03/2012 - Down a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining and a long way to go, Kirk Cousins found a way to give Michigan State a parting gift. A cornerstone of coach Mark Dantonio's rebuilding project, Cousins led a late rally in the fourth quarter and Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime to lift the 12th-ranked Spartans over the No. 18 Bulldogs 33-30 Monday in the Outback Bowl. Michigan State (11-3) ended a five-game bowl losing streak with its first postseason win since beating Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl. To do it, the Spartans-who had been 0-4 in bowl games under Dantonio- overcame a 16-0 halftime deficit and scored the tying touchdown with 14 seconds left in regulation. "All week, all month, really, there was a sense of urgency in our preparation because the fact that for me as a senior, this was the last shot. Certainly all game long we felt that same way," said Cousins, who completed 27 of 50 passes for 300 yards and was intercepted three times. He was at his best during the tying 85-play, 10-yard drive in the closing minutes. "And at halftime we had our doubts because of how successful their defense was in stopping us. ... But we found a way. It wasn't perfect, but we certainly showed character, and that's what I'm most proud of," Cousins added. "We played with a great deal of maturity and toughness, and we weren't afraid. We didn't back down, and we found a way at the end. And that's what great teams do." The Spartans handed the Big Ten its lone win in three bowl matchups Monday against SEC opponents-Florida beat Ohio State and South Carolina stopped Nebraska. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Michigan State is 7-14 in bowl games, and the Spartans have lost all four under Mark Dantonio. MSU's last win came in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Kirk Cousins is playing his best football with one game left in his career. He was 22 of 30 for 281 yards and three touchdowns against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. He is getting much better pass protection than he was early in the season, and WR Keshawn Martin has joined WR B.J. Cunningham to give Cousins two consistent outside threats. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - QB Kirk Cousins, only the second three-time captain in Michigan State history, was named the winner of the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. The award - Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School - goes to the outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I-A. The winner is chosen in a nationwide balloting of coaches, media and fans. Georgia P Drew Butler, an academic All-American and All-SEC honorable mention selection, was another finalist. "It's a special award," said Cousins, who has a 3.68 grade point average and graduated this month with a degree in kinesiology. "I guess it just shows the kind of company that I'm able to be a part of, and it's very humbling." Cousins has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. - Joey Knight, The Tampa Bay Times

11/26/2011 - Keshawn Martin returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown just before halftime and Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes to B.J. Cunningham as No. 11 Michigan State warmed up for next week's Big Ten championship game by beating Northwestern 31-17 on Saturday. The Spartans had already wrapped up the Legends Division title and a berth in the league championship game next week. Now they have the best record in the division, as well, and 10 victories overall (10-2, 7-1). Cousins threw a 33-yarder to Cunningham in the third quarter and hit him again on a juggling 29-yard TD pass with 5:17 left to complete a 93-yard drive. It was the 62nd career touchdown pass for Cousins, breaking the school record held by Jeff Smoker (61). Northwestern (6-6, 3-5) had its four-game winning streak snapped in the regular-season finale and now hopes for a bowl bid. The Wildcats closed to 24-17 early in the final quarter on Dan Persa's 12-yard TD pass to Demetrius Fields, set up by a clutch fourth-down pass from Persa to Jeremy Ebert. - AP Sports

11/12/2011 - Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and 13th-ranked Michigan State beat Iowa 37-21 to take control of the Big Ten's Legends Division. B.J. Cunningham caught a pair of TD passes for the Spartans, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at Iowa dating back to 1989. Michigan State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) took a commanding 31-7 lead with two touchdowns in a 36-second stretch late in the second quarter. Cunningham followed Le'Veon Bell's 25-yard TD run with a 22-yard touchdown catch to put Michigan State up by 24 at the break. The Spartans can now earn a spot in the Big Ten title game with wins over Indiana and Northwestern in the next two weeks. James Vandenberg threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa (6-4, 3-3), which lost its first home game of the season. Save for a brief flash of life out of Iowa late in the third quarter, the Spartans coasted to a payback win over the Hawkeyes after getting pounded 37-6 last season in Iowa City. Iowa quickly cut a 34-7 deficit to 13 points on McNutt's 3-yard TD catch and a 2-yard touchdown run by Marcus Coker. But Iowa got too cute trying a hurry-up sneak on 4th-and-1 and was called for a false start, and Vandenberg's next pass fell incomplete with 10:16 left. Dan Conroy hit a 48-yard field goal with 5:11 left, and Tony Lippett's fumble recovery with 2:53 to go sealed the win for the Spartans. - AP Sports

10/27/2011 - Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins is one of 16 recipients of the National Football Foundation's scholar-athlete awards. The honorees-who win $18,000 postgraduate scholarships-also comprise the list of finalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation. The NFF and College Hall of Fame announced the recipients. The other award winners are: Georgia's Drew Butler, Delta State's Micah Davis, Navy's John Dowd, Northwestern State's Yaser Elqutub, South Dakota's Chris Ganious, Colorado School of Mines' Clay Garcia, Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish, Kansas State's Tysyn Hartman, South Florida's Chaz Hine, Purdue's Joe Holland, Washington State's Jared Karstetter, Army's Andrew Rodriguez, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, Yale's Patrick Witt and Dubuque's Michael Zweifel. - AP Sports

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, Sr., QB...Threw three touchdown passes, highlighted by the game-winning touchdown toss to Keith Nichol as time expired, in Michigan State's win over Wisconsin...Completed 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards, his 20th career 200-yard passing game, as the Spartans rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit...Won his 22nd game as Michigan State's quarterback, becoming the program's all-time wins leader...Claims his second career Big Ten weekly honor. - Big Ten football

10/15/2011 - Booed by their fans entering halftime, Michigan State emerged looking like a new team, and then posted the same old result in its rivalry with Michigan. Kirk Cousins and Keshawn Martin hooked up twice for third-quarter touchdowns, and Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 39 yards for a score in the fourth quarter as the Spartans beat previously No. 11 and previously unbeaten Michigan for the fourth straight year, 28-14. With the win, No. 23 MSU tied the program mark for the longest win streak in this game between schools located a little more than an hour apart. The Spartans were 4-for-4 in 1934-37, 50-53, and 59-62. A heavy blitz up the middle by the Spartans forced Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to quickly get rid of a pass that Lewis intercepted, putting the game away with 4:31 to go. Martin dropped what would have been a touchdown pass from Cousins in the first quarter, but made up for it after halftime, scoring on catch-and-runs of 10 and 13 yards to put MSU (5-1, 2-0) ahead 21-0. - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - Senior QB Kirk Cousins had career highs in completions (34) and attempts (53), throwing for 329 yards against the Fighting Irish. But Cousins lost a fumble on a sack and threw an interception in the Notre Dame end zone that killed MSU's chances of a late comeback. The Spartans were down 28-13 in the fourth quarter when Cousins and WR Keshawn Martin appeared to miscommunicate on a route, and Robert Blanton picked it off for Notre Dame. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - Kirk Cousins threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 17 Michigan State held Florida Atlantic to one first down in a 44-0 victory over the Owls on Saturday. B.J. Cunningham caught five passes for 73 yards, breaking a tie with Matt Trannon for Michigan State's career lead in receptions. The Spartans (2-0) led 27-0 at halftime and ended up outgaining FAU 434-48. The Owls (0-2) have scheduled a brutal opening month. They opened at Florida and play at Auburn in two weeks. Cousins finished 16 of 21, and backup Andrew Maxwell also played quite a bit. Michigan State has held an opponent to one first down only one other time-against Maryland in 1944. - AP Sports

09/02/2011 - "From the mental aspect all the way through his mechanics, I think he's got it all," MSU quarterbacks coach Dave Warner said. "If he continues to improve (his footwork), in the day and age of pressure defenses and everybody trying to rush the quarterback and bang him around, that's what it comes down to is the quarterback's footwork under pressure. If he can continue to do that, he's shown all the abilities to be as good as there is." Cousins worked hard on his footwork in the pocket and thinks his mental grasp of the game is much better this year than it was even a year ago. "What I noticed this camp is how much the game has slowed down for me, especially looking back at where I was my first year starting or first year being here," Cousins said. "The game has slowed down a lot for me and I'm able to see things before they happen and find the open man. And I think there are third or fourth options that maybe weren't getting the ball in past years and I'm able to get them the ball now." - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - Michigan State enters the 2011 season with a lot of questions on the offensive line and no question who will lead the Spartans on the field fifth-year senior quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mark Dantonio would much rather have it that way than the other way around, an experienced offensive line protecting a brand-new QB. "I would much rather have an experienced quarterback," Dantonio said. "I don't think you can put a price tag on an experienced quarterback. It's about game management. It's so much about leadership out there. It's about having a calming effect on people, delivering the football, making the right decision at the line of scrimmage. And locker room leadership and chemistry. Kirk Cousins is all those things for us. He gives us a great advantage." Cousins enters his third season as a starter looking for his second straight Big Ten title, and closing in on every major passing mark in the Michigan State record book. He is a pro prospect, with some analysts projecting him to go in the first round, and he is the No. 1 reason the Spartans believe they can follow up an 11-2 season with similar success. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - Mark Dantonio would much rather have it that way than the other way around, an experienced offensive line protecting a brand-new QB. "I would much rather have an experienced quarterback," Dantonio said. "I don't think you can put a price tag on an experienced quarterback. It's about game management. It's so much about leadership out there. It's about having a calming effect on people, delivering the football, making the right decision at the line of scrimmage. And locker room leadership and chemistry. Kirk Cousins is all those things for us. He gives us a great advantage." Cousins enters his third season as a starter looking for his second straight Big Ten title, and closing in on every major passing mark in the Michigan State record book. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - He is a pro prospect, with some analysts projecting him to go in the first round, and he is the No. 1 reason the Spartans believe they can follow up an 11-2 season with similar success. "From the mental aspect all the way through his mechanics, I think he's got it all," MSU quarterbacks coach Dave Warner said. "If he continues to improve (his footwork), in the day and age of pressure defenses and everybody trying to rush the quarterback and bang him around, that's what it comes down to is the quarterback's footwork under pressure. If he can continue to do that, he's shown all the abilities to be as good as there is." Cousins worked hard on his footwork in the pocket and thinks his mental grasp of the game is much better this year than it was even a year ago. "What I noticed this camp is how much the game has slowed down for me, especially looking back at where I was my first year starting or first year being here," Cousins said. "The game has slowed down a lot for me and I'm able to see things before they happen and find the open man. And I think there are third or fourth options that maybe weren't getting the ball in past years and I'm able to get them the ball now." - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - 2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State, is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for excellence both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

08/23/2011 - QB Kirk Cousins gave a rousing if not presidential speech at the Big Ten media day. The eight-minute stand-up in Chicago was a snapshot of his natural leadership and a primary reason the Spartans are considered a contender for the first outright Big Ten championship in 2011. Cousins stressed responsibility and implored fellow student-athletes to recognize that every day in the classroom and on the field as a Big Ten athlete is a privilege, not a right. Cousins also shared thoughts on teams playing freshmen quarterbacks a week later in comments made to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Too many people want everything right now and they think they need to play right away," said Cousins. The offense will have a new look with Dan Roushar taking over for Don Treadwell (now head coach at Miami, Ohio) at coordinator or maybe it won't be very different. Roushar, previously the offensive line coach, will continue to stress power football and play-action passing. If there's one thing he may do that distinguishes him from Treadwell, it's taking shots downfield. Roushar has been stressing the vertical passing game. "We think we can take more shots downfield this year and hopefully that will help us," senior QB Kirk Cousins said. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Kirk Cousins - The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior enters this third year as the starter his second undisputed year, after competing with and besting Keith Nichol as a sophomore and he enters it with lofty goals. The only player in program history to be named a captain as a sophomore, Cousins is talking Rose Bowl every chance he gets. He had a mostly terrific junior season (2,825 yards, 20 touchdowns), with the exception being a mistake-plagued outing in a loss at Iowa. He did much of his work through ankle and shoulder injuries suffered midway through the season. If Cousins stays healthy and continues to improve at roughly the same rate, major rewards could be waiting for him and his team. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Kirk Cousins, SR, Michigan State, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a junior, Cousins completed 226-of-338 throws (.669) for 2,825 yards, 20 TDs and 10 interceptions. He ranked fifth in the Big Ten and No. 18 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in passing efficiency with his 150.7 rating. Cousins finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten in TD passes (20), fifth in passing yards (217.3 per game) and eighth in total offense (206.8 ypg.). - Michigan State football

08/15/2011 - Kirk Cousins got his senior season off to an impressive start - with a speech. The Michigan State quarterback spoke at a Big Ten kickoff luncheon late last month, calling it a "privilege" to play in the conference and talking at length about the responsibility college athletes face as role models and representatives of their schools. When he was done, Cousins received a standing ovation. "I saw my dad when I got done, and the first thing I asked him was, 'How do you handle a standing ovation?"' Cousins said. "He said, 'I don't know. I've never gotten one.' "And he's been in the ministry for a long time." Cousins may have been taken aback, but nobody who knows the affable quarterback should have been all that surprised. Cousins turned heads all over the Big Ten last season with his composure while he led the Spartans to 11 wins. Now he's back for his third year as a starter, hoping to help Michigan State to even greater heights. In addition to being unflappable on the field, Cousins has earned plenty of acclaim off it. He was one of 10 finalists last year for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors the college football player who best combines community service with academic and athletic achievement. "As I've said before, he doesn't have to just be a great quarterback," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's going to be a great husband, a great father, he's been a great community leader. The guy just sort of has it as a person." - AP Sports

08/11/2011 - 2011 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH (MEDIA): Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State, has been selected one of 12 players earning preseason recognition by Big Ten coaches who voted to institute a preseason Players to Watch list beginning this season, honoring five student-athletes each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division. The 2011 list was selected by a media panel and features additional honorees due to a tie. An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a junior, Cousins completed 226-of-338 throws (.669) for 2,825 yards, 20 TDs and 10 interceptions. He ranked fifth in the Big Ten and No. 18 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in passing efficiency with his 150.7 rating. Cousins finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten in TD passes (20), fifth in passing yards (217.3 per game) and eighth in total offense (206.8 ypg.). His .669 completion percentage (second), 150.7 passing efficiency rating (fifth), 226 pass completions (third), 2,825 passing yards (third), 20 TD passes (tied for fourth), 2,689 total yards (fourth), seven 200-yard passing games (seventh) and 338 pass attempts (sixth) rank among the Top 10 single-season totals in MSU history. - Michigan State football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, Big Ten, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. - The Davey O'Brien Foundation

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, QB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

05/19/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Kirk Cousins - One of the main reasons Michigan State is expected to start 2011 in the Top 25, Cousins had a mostly terrific junior season. He was the Spartans' unquestioned leader as a junior and has NFL-level accuracy and quickness of release if not size. Cousins is on pace to finish No. 1 or No. 2 in every major passing category at Michigan State. Cousins remains in a pre-med program with hopes of being a surgeon some day, but he also has developed an interest in broadcasting. Cousins is interning with Michigan State's sports information department, doing some broadcasting work for the school's official Web site. - The Sports Xchange

05/02/2011 - Trick plays, weird formations and a ringer from the basketball team were no match for the smooth efficiency of Kirk Cousins. Cousins went 22 of 29 for 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Green team to a 24-10 win over the White team in Michigan State's spring game Saturday. The White team pulled out all the stops - even lining basketball player Draymond Green up at wide receiver at one point - but Cousins was too sharp. His team never trailed. "I didn't have good scrimmages earlier this spring. I've never played well in scrimmages, period, for whatever reason," said Cousins, the soon-to-be senior who led the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten title last season. "It was good to get out here in a game-type setting and play well." Of course, this was only so much of a game-type setting, with shortened quarters and kick returns halted before too much contact. Backup quarterback Andrew Maxwell went 9 of 21 for 120 yards for the White team, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Martin in the fourth quarter. Martin also lined up in the shotgun and took an occasional snap himself, part of a gadget-filled game plan that had mixed results. - AP Sports

 
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04/29/2012 - After trading three first-round picks and a second-round selection to choose Robert Griffin III second overall on Thursday, the Redskins drafted Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins with the seventh choice in the fourth round. But coach Mike Shanahan doesn't think he has created a typical Washington quarterback controversy although Cousins won 27 games as a three-year starter for the Spartans. "Any time you get a quarterback like Robert in the second pick of a draft ... he's your franchise quarterback," Shanahan said. "He's going to be your quarterback for the next decade. (Kirk) knows he's going to be a backup ... but there (are) injuries. I thought it was a steal for us." Washington was the first team to select two quarterbacks during the first four rounds since Green Bay in 1989. The last time the Redskins chose a quarterback in the top 10 before Griffin was in 1994 when they took Heath Shuler. He was eventually beaten out by Gus Frerotte, whom the Redskins chose in the seventh round that year. Before the third day of the draft was done, the Redskins cut John Beck, who nearly beat out Rex Grossman to be the opening day starter in 2011 but performed poorly in his three starts. Cousins, who won 27 games as a three-year starter, is undeniably talented, but coach Mike Shanahan created the kind of quarterback controversy that has often enveloped the Redskins. "It is a little surprising," Cousins said on a conference call. "I was trying to forecast which teams would be looking at a quarterback and I didn't see the Redskins thinking along those lines, but coach Shanahan's words to me were that he couldn't pass me up." - The Sports Xchange

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