November 3, 2009

Anything but strong finish is 'unacceptable'

EAST LANSING - Michigan State sophomore Kirk Cousins has faced a great deal of adversity during his first year as starting quarterback and team captain for the Spartans. He also believes that more adversity lies ahead.

The former Holland Christian star sees only one acceptable option for his team, win the month of November. Winning November has been a hallmark of Michigan State teams under Dantonio. The Spartans have gone 4-2 during the month since Dantonio's first season.

If Michigan State goes 2-1 in the month of December like the Spartans did in Dantonio's first and second years as head coach they will be bowl eligible at 6-6.

"I think we need to do what the last two teams since I have been here have done," Cousins explained. "And that is just stick to the grind, just keep playing, not getting down, not getting too high, understanding that every game is a challenge and that we have to play well."

Cousins knows that his teammates will look to him for leadership. The sophomore quarterback is ready for the challenge. The first step toward winning the month of November is putting the close losses that have been an obstacle for the Spartans in the past.

"Any time you lose, the feeling is terrible," said Cousins. "Any time you win the feeling is phenomenal. It was one extreme or the other every Saturday. That can be tough, going through a 12 week season having the highs and the lows because the highs can be great and the lows are awful. That was a tough plane ride home, but you have to move on. There are more games to be played. You learn from it, you move on. It does not do you any good to let that fester."

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