The District of Cousins?December 18, 2012

By Julian Kimble

There was a moment during the Redskins final drive of regulation in their 31-28 win over the local rival Ravens that had ‘Skins fans shitting a collective brick. During that miraculous drive, their young franchise quarterback Robert Griffin lll took a nasty shot to the knee. Though he tried to play through it, he had to come out of the game; replaced by another rookie quarterback by the name of Kirk Cousins. Redskins and Michigan State fans are well aware of who Cousins is, but now most of the league is familiar with him after the kid posted a perfect quarterback rating while filling in for RGlll. Granted he only threw two passes, but he completed both of them, including the touchdown pass that cut Baltimore’s lead to 28-26. Naturally, the Redskins went for the two-point conversion (we stamp that decision), which Cousins ran in himself. The ‘Skins won in overtime, and fans could rest a bit easier knowing that the offense would be in good hands if Griffin is sidelined. Let’s take a look at just who this Kirk Cousins guy is.

The Michigan native played football, basketball and baseball in high school, ended up staying in state for college to play for the Spartans. He redshirted in 2007, but won the starting QB job in 2009 and had a solid showing, throwing for 19 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,680 yards. In 2010, he threw for 2,825 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading the Spartans to the Big Ten title. He was even better during his senior season, throwing for 3,3316 yards and 25 scores, leading Michigan State to a win in the Outback Bowl and receiving Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He finished his career at Michigan State as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns, completions and efficiency. He also ranks in the conference’s top ten in completion percentage, passer rating, yards and touchdowns. Not bad at all.

Many people were puzzled when Redskins coach Mike Shanahan elected to draft Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft after trading up to select RGlll with the second pick. In fact, a lot of people were pissed off; convinced Shanahan picked Cousins as an “insurance pick” in case Griffin didn’t pan out. There’s no need to get into RGlll’s performance, because everyone knows all about that, but this is his second health scare this season. Cousins had to step in during a loss to the Falcons in Week 5 after Griffin got knocked out with a concussion, so maybe Shanahan did make a wise decision, even if his intentions were shady. RGlll’s sprained right knee is looking better, but the Redskins most likely will not announce a starter until Sunday. With the ‘Skins fighting for a playoff spot and the Fantasy Football playoffs underway, fans and RGlll owners are hoping the’ll see him under center. If he does start, everyone will have to hope he doesn’t injure himself again and ruin his career with only three-fourths of his rookie season completed.

Here’s one thing I will say though: Regardless of how good Kirk Cousins plays if he has to fill in for RGlll again, there will not be a quarterback controversy in D.C.

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