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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
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6552-3
Career Notes
Is MSU's career record holder in passing touchdowns (66), passing yards (9,131), completions (723), passing efficiency (146.1 rating), total offense (9,004 yards) and 200-yard passing games (26) . . . ranks among the Big Ten's all-time Top 10 in completion percentage (tied for sixth at .641), passing efficiency rating (seventh), passing yards (10th) and TD passes (tied for 10th) . . . only the second three-time captain in MSU history (Robert McCurry, 1946-48) . . . is the winningest quarterback in Spartan history (27 victories) . . . compiled a 27-12 record (.692) as the starting quarterback, including a 22-5 mark his final two seasons . . . his 202.9 yards per game passing ranks third in MSU history . . . tied a school record by throwing a TD pass in 16 consecutive games, spanning from the 2009 Northwestern game to the 2010 Iowa game (tied for school record along with Drew Stanton, 2005-06).
2011 Season
Earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades by the coaches; honorable mention selection by the media . . . honorable mention All-American by SI.com . . . named one of three finalists for the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award (Big Ten's best player) . . . set an single-season MSU record with 26 touchdown passes and tied a school record with 11 200-yard passing games (Drew Stanton, 2005) . . . also ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in pass completions (second with 267), passing yards (second with 3,316), pass attempts (second with 419), passing yards per game (third with 236.9 ypg.), total offense (third with 3,227 yards), passing efficiency (seventh at 145.1) and completion percentage (eighth at 63.7) . . . threw at least one touchdown pass in 13 of 14 games . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in passing (second with 236.9 ypg.), touchdown passes (tied for second with 25), passing efficiency (third with 145.1 rating) and total offense (fifth with 234.1 ypg.) . . . named the 2011 winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award . . . CoSIDA Academic All-District V selection . . . named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award . . . one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award . . . named one of 13 finalists for the second year in a row for the Wuerrfel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement . . . named to the 2011 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Class, including an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and was one of 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation . . . posted a 3.68 GPA in kinesiology and graduated in December . . . one of just 16 players in program history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four-straight years . . . named MSU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. On third downs, led the FBS with 1,071 passing yards, connecting on 80-of-135 third-down throws (.593); 51 of those completions resulted in first downs and 12 for touchdowns; those marks on third down also ranked among the FBS leaders (tied for third in touchdowns and completions) . . . his 13 completions of 25-plus yards on third down were the most in the nation . . . completed 27-of-50 passes for 300 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . with his 23-yard completion to Brian Linthicum late in the third quarter against the Bulldogs, became MSU's all-time leader in career passing yards, breaking the record previously held by Jeff Smoker (8,932 yards; 2000-03) . . . set MSU bowl records for pass completions (27) and pass attempts (50), and his 323 total yards (second) and 300 passing yards (third) rank among the top bowl totals in Spartan history . . . in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, completed 22-of-30 passes for 281 yards and tied his career high with three touchdowns while setting MSU's single-season passing touchdown record in the process . . . became MSU's all-time leader in completions with his 22 in the Wisconsin game, giving him 696 for his career, passing Jeff Smoker (685 from 2000-03) . . . tied the Spartan single-season record with a 30-yard TD pass to B.J. Cunningham on fourth-and-inches on the first play of the second quarter, cutting the Badger lead to 21-14 . . . set the MSU single-season TD record in the second quarter with his 23rd TD of the season; Keith Nichol caught a 3-yard completion and lateraled the ball to Cunningham, who proceeded to run it in from 7 yards out . . . his third TD pass in the Big Ten Championship Game was a 44-yarder to Cunningham in the third quarter . . . in the regular-season finale at Northwestern, became MSU's all-time leader in passing touchdowns with his 62nd career TD, a 29-yard completion to Cunningham in the fourth quarter; also threw a 33-yard TD pass to Cunningham in the third quarter; completed 14-of-20 passes for 214 yards against the Wildcats and set an MSU record with his 24th career 200-yard passing game. In his final game at Spartan Stadium, tied a school record with his 23rd career 200-yard passing game, completing 16-of-23 throws for 272 yards in the 55-3 win over Indiana on Senior Day; also tied a career high with three touchdown passes, connecting with Cunningham (63 yards, 7 yards) and Keshawn Martin (47 yards) . . . tied his career high with three touchdowns and completed 18-of-31 throws for 260 yards - the fourth-most by a Spartan quarterback against Iowa - in the 37-21 victory at Kinnick Stadium . . . completed 23-of-34 throws for 296 yards and two touchdowns in win over Minnesota; on the final drive of the first half, Cousins went 6-of-8 passing for 66 yards, including a 2-yard TD toss to fullback Todd Anderson on a first-and-goal play . . . named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week and one of the Manning Award "Stars of the Week" after completing 22-of-31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the win over No. 4 Wisconsin, including the game-winning, 44-yard Hail Mary pass to Keith Nichol on the game's final play . . . became the winningest quarterback in school history with the victory over Wisconsin, picking up his 22nd victory as a starter . . . in addition to the TD to Nichol, completed a 35-yard TD to Cunningham and a 15-yard TD to Martin against the Badgers . . . battled windy conditions, with gusts up to 40 mph, and completed 13-of-24 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead MSU past Michigan for the fourth-straight year; is the first Spartan starting quarterback to defeat Michigan three straight times . . . threw for 250 yards and one touchdown on 20-of-32 passes in win at Ohio State . . . was 13-of-22 passing for 213 yards and one touchdown vs. Central Michigan . . . recorded career highs in pass attempts (53) and completions (34) at Notre Dame; the 53 attempts were the fifth most in school history, while the 34 completions were second most; threw for 329 yards against the Fighting Irish, the most ever by a Spartan quarterback vs. Notre Dame . . . was 16-for-20 passing with two touchdowns and 183 yards in the win over Florida Atlantic and was named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week . . . opened the season with an efficient showing against Youngstown State, completing 18-of-22 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown.
2010 Season
Fourth-year player was elected captain for the second straight season; last year, became only the second sophomore captain in Michigan State history . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten third team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third straight year . . . has posted one of best statistical seasons in Spartan history, ranking among MSU's Top 10 season leaders in completion percentage (first at 68 percent), pass completions (fourth with 216), passing yards (fourth with 2,705) and touchdown passes (tied for fourth with 20) . . . is in his second season as the starting quarterback (16-8 record) after starting 12 games in 2009; has appeared in 30 career games . . . has completed 65 percent of his career passes (446-for-691), which currently ranks first in MSU history . . . ranks among NCAA FBS active leaders in passing efficiency (11th with 147.9 rating) and completion percentage (12th at .645) . . . ranks fourth in total offense (5,663 yards) in MSU history, and sixth in touchdown passes (41), passing yards (5,695) and completions (446) . . . has thrown for more than 200 yards in 15 games (third in MSU history), including seven times this season . . . threw a TD pass in 16 consecutive games, spanning from last year's Northwestern game to this year's Iowa game (tied for school record along with Drew Stanton, 2005-06) . . . in the second halves of games this season, Cousins is completing 71 percent of his passes (100-of-141) for 11 TDs and three interceptions; his second-half pass efficiency rating of 173.0 is eighth among all FBS quarterbacks . . . ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in passing efficiency (153.5 rating). Ranks fourth in the Big Ten in passing (225.4 yards per game), tied for fourth in TD passes (20), and seventh in total offense (218.8 ypg.) . . . named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback) . . . one of 22 players named to the Allstate AFCA All-Good Works Team, the preeminent Community Service Award in college football . . . one of 10 finalists for the Wuerrfel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement . . . recipient of the team's Outstanding Underclass Back Award (offense) . . . earnd Rivals.com Big Ten Player of the Week honors after throwing two touchdown passes and completing 17-of-22 throws for 152 yards in win at Penn State that clinched a share of the Big Ten title . . . named one of the Manning Award Stars of the Week for his gutsy performance in the comeback win over Purdue, as he completed 28-of-37 passes for 276 yards while tying his career high with three TDs; left the game with an injured left shoulder in the first half, but returned in the second half and played with a sprained shoulder and also a sprained ankle; scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run, his first career rushing TD, with 4:52 remaining in the game as MSU rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to win, 35-31 . . . completed 21-of-29 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown but threw a career-high three interceptions at No. 18 Iowa . . . registered career highs in completions (29) and pass attempts (43) while throwing for a season-high 331 yards in comeback win at Northwestern to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors; tied his career high with three touchdown passes; with MSU down 27-21 in the fourth quarter with 7:18 remaining, Cousins led MSU on an 88-yard TD drive in which he was 7-for-8 passing for a total of 98 yards; capped the drive with a 9-yard TD pass to B.J. Cunningham. Completed 13-of-24 passes for 201 yards, including a 48-yard TD to Cunningham, in win over Illinois . . . became the first Spartan quarterback in 43 years to beat Michigan twice in his career after completing 18-of-25 throws for 284 yards and a touchdown in leading MSU to a 34-17 win at Michigan Stadium; named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week . . . tied his career high with three TD passes in win over No. 11 Wisconsin; passed for 269 yards against the Badgers, completing 20-of-29 throws; was 8-for-10 in the second half . . . named honorable mention National Quarterback of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and also the Davey O'Brien Award for his showing against Wisconsin . . . named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week after throwing an efficient 16-for-20 with 290 yards and two touchdowns in win over Northern Colorado . . . had 23 completions on 33 attempts for 245 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in overtime win against Notre Dame; completed all 12 of his pass attempts in the second half vs. the Irish . . . was 9-for-17 passing for 142 yards, including a 30-yard TD pass to Cunningham, in win over Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . completed 13-of-21 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2009 Season
Honorable mention selection to the All-Sophomore Team as named by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year . . . named one of four team captains in a vote by his teammates and coaches . . . was only the second sophomore to be named a captain in Michigan State's 113-year football history, joining center Robert McCurry who was selected in 1949 . . . earned the Biggie Munn Award as the team's most inspirational player on offense . . . started 12 games at quarterback in 2009 (ankle injury kept him out of the starting lineup at Illinois) . . . completed 198-of-328 throws (.604) for 2,680 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions . . . ranked third in the Big Ten and No. 25 in the NCAA in passing efficiency with his 142.6 rating . . . also listed among the Big Ten leaders in TD passes (third), passing yards (seventh at 206.2 yards per game) and total offense (seventh at 210.8 ypg.) . . . his eight 200-yard passing games (third), 2,740 total yards (third), 2,680 passing yards (fourth), 198 pass completions (sixth), 328 pass attempts (seventh), 19 TD passes (seventh) and 142.6 passing efficiency rating (eighth) rank among the Top 10 single-season totals in Spartan history . . . averaged 223.3 passing yards in his 12 starts (played the final two snaps at Illinois and did not attempt a pass). Completed 13-of-27 passes for 220 yards, including a 48-yard TD strike to Keshawn Martin in the second quarter, and two interceptions vs. Texas Tech in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl . . . his 220 passing yards against the Red Raiders match the fifth-highest single-game total in Spartan bowl history (Todd Schultz vs. Washington, 1997 Aloha Bowl) . . . recorded his fifth-consecutive 200-yard passing game, throwing for 208 yards and three TDs at Purdue as MSU rallied for an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 40-37 victory . . . completed scoring passes of 4 yards to Andrew Hawken, career-long 73 yards to B.J. Cunningham and 9 yards to Blair White against the Boilermakers . . . completed 88 percent (22 of 25) of his passes for a career-best 353 yards and two TDs in MSU's 49-14 victory over Western Michigan . . . his 353 passing yards rank as the seventh-best single-game total in Spartan history . . . completed passes to eight different receivers against the Broncos, including scoring strikes of 13 yards to Garrett Celek and 48 yards to Martin . . . his 233.0 passing efficiency rating against Western Michigan was the best single-game figure in the Big Ten and the 22nd-highest single-game total posted in the NCAA FBS in 2009 . . . connected on 21-of-35 passes for 236 yards, two TDs and an interception at Minnesota . . . completed throws to nine different receivers and his 35 pass attempts against the Golden Gophers matched his career high (vs. Notre Dame, 2009) . . . threw TD passes of 26 yards to Brian Linthicum and 11 yards to Dion Sims at Minnesota . . . hit 16-of-32 throws for 225 yards and a score in MSU's 15-13 loss to No. 7 Iowa . . . compiled those numbers against an Iowa defensive unit that entered the game ranked second in the NCAA in pass defense, allowing just 167 yards per game. Threw for 143 yards in the second half against the Hawkeyes, and his 30-yard TD strike to White gave the Spartans a 13-9 lead with 1:37 left in the game . . . completed 21-of-31 passes for 281 yards in MSU's 24-14 Homecoming victory over Northwestern, including TD strikes of 22 and 47 yards to White . . . accounted for 227 total yards in MSU's 26-20 overtime victory over No. 22 Michigan . . . hit 15-of-21 throws for 152 yards and two interceptions against the Wolverines . . . also led the team in rushing vs. Michigan, gaining 75 yards on seven carries . . . produced runs of 19 and 41 yards against the Wolverines . . . connected on 17-of-34 passes for 201 yards, two TDs and an interception in the Big Ten opener at Wisconsin . . . delivered scoring tosses of 14 yards to Mark Dell and 20 yards to Cunningham against the Badgers . . . completed 23-of-35 throws for 302 yards, one TD and one interception in MSU's 33-30 loss at Notre Dame . . . set career highs for completions and attempts against the Irish . . . his 302 passing yards mark the third-best single-game total by a Spartan quarterback against Notre Dame (Drew Stanton - 327 in 2005; Ed Smith - 306 in 1978) . . . hit 13-of-18 passes for 164 yards and a score in MSU's 29-27 loss to Central Michigan . . . went 5-for-5 for 59 yards on a 13-play, 80-yard drive as the Spartans took a 27-20 lead on his 35-yard TD strike to Cunningham with 7:33 left in the game . . . in his first career start, went 10-of-17 passing for 183 yards and a career-best three scores vs. Montana State in the 2009 season and home opener . . . completed TD strikes of 29 yards to Cunningham, and 15 and 24 yards to White . . . connected on 7-of-11 passes for 118 yards and two TDs in the first half against the Bobcats.
2008 Season
Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action in five games in 2008, completing 74 percent of his passes (32-for-43) for 310 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . completed 4-of-5 throws for 36 yards in his only series vs. Georgia in the 2009 Capital One Bowl . . . hit 7-of-9 passes for 81 yards in the fourth quarter at Penn State, including a 23-yard TD strike to Mark Dell . . . completed his first 10 pass attempts in the third quarter vs. Ohio State while filling in for an injured Brian Hoyer and led MSU on its only TD-scoring drive of the game . . . capped the eight-play, 85-yard drive against the Buckeyes with a 3-yard TD toss to tight end Charlie Gantt . . . finished 18-of-25 passing for 161 yards vs. Ohio State, earning Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors . . . completed 3-of-4 passes for 32 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Eastern Michigan . . . connected on his first collegiate pass attempt against the Eagles, a 13-yard completion to Gantt . . . his first series came in the second quarter vs. EMU, with the score tied at 7, and managed a five-play, 28-yard TD drive that gave MSU the lead for good.
High School
Ranked among the state's top 30 seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 10) and Rivals.com (No. 27) . . . honorable mention all-state selection in 2006 . . . honorable mention Academic All-State selection by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association . . . two-year starter at quarterback for Coach Tim Lont at Holland (Mich.) Christian High School where he set 35 school passing and total offense records (career, single-season and single-game marks) . . . named Area Player of the Year after completing 130-of-231 throws (.563) for 2,088 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior . . . all-conference quarterback led the Maroons to a program-best 7-3 record in 2006 while qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in school history . . . set school single-game passing records for completions (23), attempts (38) and yards (289) vs. Greenville in 2006 . . . had a school-record four TD passes vs. Reeths-Puffer as a senior . . . participated in the 2006 Top Flight Quarterback Camp . . . started six games at quarterback as a junior before being sidelined with a foot injury . . . hit 68-of-135 throws (.504) for 1,116 yards, 12 TDs and eight interceptions . . . completed 198-of-366 career passes (.541) for 3,204 yards, 40 TDs and 18 interceptions . . . threw three or more TD passes in nine of his 16 career games played . . . earned all-conference honors in three sports: football, baseball (pitcher) and basketball.
Personal
Son of Don and MaryAnn Cousins . . . born Aug. 19, 1988 . . . brother Kyle was a four-year letterman as a pitcher at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) . . . participates in the Spartan Buddies program, volunteering in the pediatric ward at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in kinesiology.
 
Latest News
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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