April 24, 2010

Cousins, Jones have grown into leadership roles

EAST LANSING - Michigan State captains Kirk Cousins and Greg Jones grew tremendously as leaders during a 2010 season in which each player was voted a captain for the first time in their respective Spartan careers.

Neither Cousins nor Jones let the additional burden of leadership impact their play last fall. Each player's ability to perform under pressure while holding a team together during a season where expectations where not realized has made Jones and Cousins more effective leaders this spring. Both Jones and Cousins have also seen their leadership roles expand.

Quarterbacks coach Dave Warner has seen a new type of leadership from Cousins, who was voted a captain by his teammates last August without having started a single football game.

"From a mental standpoint, he has always been a hard worker. But I think now that he is established, he feels more comfortable in the leadership role," said Warner. "He is not afraid to step on people's toes and lead this football team. I think that is a great improvement. And on the football field, he just continues to work to find a way. He is always asking me what he can do to continue to get better and to become an elite quarterback. We are happy that he is here and we think he is just going to keep getting better and better."

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