Cousins helps lead North team to Senior Bowl win
Well, it finally ended. A busy, busy week of Senior Bowl practices — and coverage on The Little Brother Blog — the game was a success for the Spartans involved.
Kirk Cousins made another good impression on scouts and experts with his performance in the game. He went 5-of-11 for 115 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Cousins displayed the strong arm which scouts commented on throughout the week, while also having good awareness of the pass rush. The best example was on the touchdown pass he threw to Gerell Robinson (Arizona State).
Cousins stepped up in the pocket on third-and-four, tossing a short pass across the middle to Robinson who broke it outside of the score.
He entered the game near the end of the first half — which was puzzling given he had been the most impressive of the North team quarterback’s in practice — with a little more than a minute left.
It was clear the coaches trusted Cousins’ decision making in the clutch, and to enter the game cold on a two-minute drill was an expression of that.
He moved the North team down the field to the 7-yard line, completing two passes for 38 yards before throwing an interception.
And frankly — as the announcers pointed out — the interception was more on DeVier Posey (Ohio State) than it was Cousins.
All in all, Cousins affirmed the opinions that formed on him through the week about his arm, his ability to lead a team and his intelligence.
As for the other Spartans, both Trenton Robinson and Brian Linthicum made their impacts early.
On the South’s opening drive of the game, wide receiver Joe Adams (Arkansas) fumbled following a reception, which Robinson recovered at the South 42.
The ensuing play on offense went from Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) to Linthicum for nine yards.
In the rest of the game, Robinson showed he is more of a coverage safety in the NFL (which is interesting given he was more of a guy who came up to the line to make plays at MSU — especially in his final season). He missed a couple of tackles, but was good in coverage.
Linthicum, despite not getting thrown to again, blocked well and was often out in the flat or on short routes on play-action passes.
He SHOULD get an invitation to the NFL Combine to join Cousins, Robinson, Keshawn Martin and B.J. Cunningham.
SI gives Cousins credit as riser for performance
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated had this to say about Cousins’ performance in the Senior Bowl:
“Cousins completed 5 of 11 passes for 115 yards, yet the stats tell a fraction of the story. Cousins made all the NFL throws from the pocket, displaying great speed on the ball while also putting touch on passes when required. His timing and accuracy was right on the mark as Cousins always gave his targets a good opportunity to make the reception. When he did miss on throws more times than not it was due to receiver error. It was important for Cousins to have a good game, as scouts questioned his judgment under center. At the Senior Bowl, decision-making was right on the money.”