October 7, 2011

Cousins: 'I am right where I want to be'

EAST LANSING - Sustained success at the quarterback position in college football is not possible if a player cannot separate perception from reality.

Michigan State senior Kirk Cousins learned that lesson during his first year as a starter in 2009. And it is one of the reasons why the third-year captain is able to recount with a smile the text messages and emails he received from well-wishers and friends trying to lift his spirits in the wake of Michigan State's 10-7 victory at Ohio State last weekend.

"I walked away from the game Saturday feeling very good about the way that I played," explained Cousins. "Then I got some texts and emails from people, saying, 'keep your head up, you will be okay.' Then I thought, people who really knew what went on and people who really know the game and know what is going on and can watch the film of it, not just the TV copy would know that I played a whale of a game.

"Does it appear like I am playing well on the outside? No and I can understand why that would be. On the inside, do I feel like I am right where I want to be? Yeah. Against Central Michigan I missed a few throws that I would like to have back. I feel like there were three or four throws that if I hit those, I come away with video game stats. We are close, we are really close and I feel like my expectations for myself are as high as anyone. I expect us to continue to play at a higher and higher level each week."

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