MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 13 Kirk Cousins

This is the 38th in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 13 – Kirk Cousins

Quarterback, 2008-11, Holland

The skinny: Cousins is a cornerstone of modern MSU football, the quarterback who finally took MSU from mediocrity to a higher plane. The Spartans have kept themselves there so far. But they don’t get there without Cousins, an unheralded recruit who became the voice and arm of an emerging program. Individually, Cousins’ resume holds up — he’s MSU’s all-time leader in career completions, passing yards (9,131), touchdown passes (66) and passing efficiency, and second by a hair in completion percentage (.641). His 25 TD passes in 2011 are also the most in MSU history, just ahead of each of Connor Cook’s last two seasons. – Read more at

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