November 16, 2011

Cousins wants business-like approach on senior day

EAST LANSING - Kirk Cousins joined Jeff Smoker as the only other quarterback in Michigan State history to pass for more than 8,000 yards by throwing for 260 yards with three touchdowns in a 37-21 victory at Iowa last weekend.

If Michigan State wins its final two regular season Big Ten games against Indiana this weekend and at Northwestern next weekend, all Cousins could break Smoker's career passing yards record by averaging 217 yards per game during his last four games.

But as Cousins prepares for his final home game against Indiana at Spartan Stadium this Saturday, the three-year starter has given very little thought to the passing records he currently holds or others still within his reach.

"I will take stock of all of that when my career is done," Cousins said. "Right now, the records I want are a second Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance. Those would mean a great deal for me. Those are what I am pursuing, whatever comes along the way is fine. But so much of that is determined by the offense you play in, the play calling, and the way games go. I don't think those things define you as much as a player as wins do."

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