The award looks to honor a student-athlete who has notable achievements in four areas, community, classroom, character and competition and is chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS coaches, national football media and fans.
"I'm very honored to be named the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner," said Cousins. "To even be in the running for this award, with all the other amazing student-athletes in this country and their impressive accomplishments and credentials, is very special. It goes without saying that our coaching staff, my teammates, and our program in general is a classy organization, and by being around them, it gives me a chance to win an incredible award such as this."
The Holland, Mich., native is only the second three-time captain in the 115-year history of Spartan football and has become one of the most involved and recognized student-athletes in Michigan State history.
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio shared in the praise of his senior signal caller.
"Kirk Cousins is certainly deserving of being named the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner," Dantonio said. "He represents the ideal scholar-athlete. Throughout his career, Kirk has pursued excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. He's made a tremendous effort to have a positive impact in the community as a whole. In addition, Kirk is a remarkable leader who has become a great ambassador, not only for this university and the Big Ten Conference, but all of college football. He's a winner in all aspects of his life."
Cousins will lead the Spartans against Georgia in the Outback Bowl on January 2.