October 29, 2010

Cousins heads to Iowa with confidence soaring

EAST LANSING - Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell has stressed the importance of balance between run and the pass in his team's pro-style offense from the day he arrived on campus with the rest of Mark Dantonio's staff in November of 2006.

Balance between the run and the pass remains as important as ever for No. 5 ranked Michigan State as the Spartans prepare for a formidable Iowa defense that features one of the best defensive lines in the nation. But if the Spartans struggle moving the football on the ground against No. 18 Iowa, they have the confidence in junior quarterback Kirk Cousins and an underrated receiving to move the football with the passing game.

Cousins is coming off one his best games as a Spartan. He threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns while completing 29 passes on a season-high 44 attempts and was the catalyst for a game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

"We expect that out of him," said quarterbacks coach Dave Warner. "Certainly, we know that he has the talent to throw it around when we have to put it on his shoulders and let him carry us. He has shown in the past that he can do that. That wasn't necessarily our game plan, but the need arose and he stepped up."

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