Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cousins gets his chance as 'this guy.'

I may be in the minority, but I absolutely love watching Jon Gruden's QB Camp on ESPN.

I love seeing what quarterback meetings are like and watching Gruden pick the brains of quarterbacks who soon will be drafted into the NFL.

That's why I'm really excited to see how Kirk Cousins does in Gruden's camp. According to MSU, the segment will air on College Gameday around 11:50 a.m. Monday and during the Outback Bowl telecast. Georgia's Aaron Murray will also be part of the segment. 

Now I know Gruden usually gushes about every player he talks about, but his confidence in Cousins' intangibles I believe is one of the biggest selling points Cousins has to NFL scouts compared to the top-level quarterbacks in the draft.

For example, this quote from Gruden (per MSU): "When you meet a guy that's a three-time captain in these current times that we live in, that means you relate to everybody. It's an amazing accomplishment."

Another selling point for Cousins is his experience in a pro-style offense. Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar took some heat at various times during the year (as Don Treadwell did in the past), but something MSU's scheming does is prepare players for what they'll run in the NFL. Look no further than Brian Hoyer, who had plenty of detractors during his time at MSU, but is a highly-regarded backup for the New England Patriots. 

"He's calm, he's cool, he's poised, he's well-spoken, and he sincerely means everything he stands for, and I admire that a lot," Gruden said. "What you like about Cousins is you like the pro-style attack that they play at Michigan State. He's under the center, he's in the shotgun, there's a strong commitment to understanding pass-protections. He has two very good receivers and they give him the green light to take advantage of one-on-one coverage.

"So above the neck, he's very sharp, he's well-schooled and he can make all the throws. I saw him throw the ball in lousy weather against Northwestern. I've seen him be pinpoint accurate, and I've seen him be a consistent good decision-maker, and he's got really good functional athletic ability."

For a video about Cousins' experience, click here.

And if you didn't know, the Outback Bowl is at 1 p.m. on ABC. Should be a good one. 

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