December 16, 2010

Bama defense will measure Cousins' growth

EAST LANSING - The initial disappointment of not being selected for a BCS Bowl has long since past for Big Ten co-champion Michigan State, which is hard at work preparing for defending national champion Alabama.

Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is back to 100 percent after grinding through the last month of the 2010 season with an ankle and shoulder injury, relishes the opportunity to play a top-notch SEC opponent like Alabama in the Capital One Bowl the same way he would if were preparing to play in the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl.

"It is a special game," Cousins said. "It is a BCS game. I don't care if carries the BCS tag or not, it is a big game. We are a Top 10 team in the country and I think when it is all said and done, if you look at them talent-wise, they are probably a Top 10 team in the country."

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