It may seem like only yesterday when Kirk Cousins gave his verbal pledge to new Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. However, the senior from Holland, Michigan is getting prepared to play his final colligate contest.
How does it feel knowing this is your last game as a Spartan?
“I’m going to enjoy the process,” said Cousins. “Two weeks left, I’m going to make the most of the opportunity to play for Michigan State one last time; take it all in, even in practices, and the events leading up to the game, and the game itself. I’ll make the most of it then move on. I feel I’ve given everything I have to this university; I have nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of. I’ll give it everything I have then move on from there.”
While some may worry about any lingering thoughts about the team’s loss to Wisconsin or disappointment of not making the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive season, Cousins is having none of it.
“We’re over it,” explained Cousins. “That’s water under the bridge, it’s done, it’s over. We’re excited for the Outback Bowl. We feel the opponent we’re playing against is as good as anyone in the country. It’ll be a marquee game, a marquee matchup; it’s going to be a great opportunity for us.”
How important is it for the Spartans to finish with Mark Dantonio’s first career bowl victory at Michigan State?
“Well, I believe that this program is ready for a bowl win,” said Cousins. “We haven’t had one in awhile. We’ve played great opponents every year and this year is no different. We as a senior class want to leave with a win. You don’t want to be in the locker room as your last game ever in a Spartan uniform with a loss. You want to be in that locker room celebrating a win the last time you ever play for Michigan State. We’ll do everything we can to make sure we play very, very well and hopefully come away with a win.