It was no surprise when Mark Dantonio announced Kirk Cousins was elected by his teammates to be a team captain for the third season. Cousins is only the second three-time captain in the 115-year history of the Spartan football program joining Robert McCurry (1946-47-48).
“I’m excited about the opportunity again to help lead this football team,” said Cousins. “I think one of the strengths of this football team is that it’s not just going to be three guys leading us. We have a tremendous senior class that’s filled with a bunch of leadership, and our unity council is filled with leadership, so more than just the captain role, we have leadership from seniors on down to the freshmen. That is what can separate our team from the rest of the Big Ten.”
Cousins is not alone in his duties as senior left guard Joel Foreman and senior safety Trenton Robinson also earned recognition from their peers.
Foreman knows this is a special honor.
“It’s just a great honor,” said Foreman. “To be able to have those guys think that highly of you and to put you into that position of leadership, to have your peers think of you like that, is just unbelievable. It’s something I need to take to heart. I need to go out there and try to lead this team as best as I can every day.”
Robinson was left almost speechless about the honor bestowed upon him and his fellow senior teammates.
“It almost doesn’t feel real,” said Robinson. “I’m just honored that players on the team picked me. That means a lot to me, more than words can describe, because I love all those guys.”
Dantonio was extremely happy with the selection made by the team.
“They’re a great group of leaders who have all played a lot of football here,” said Dantonio. “They’ve not only had success, but they’ve also been on the other side of the fence a little bit in terms of having to battle through some adverse situations in their lives. When you pick leaders, as I told our football team this morning, you need to find people who have gone through difficult times and have been able to move forward in a positive manner. I think they will be great leaders for us.”
Each week will also see another player selected to serve as captain for that game.