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Kirk Cousins has been a complete revelation for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. A little known, 2-star QB from Holland, Kirk had two scholarship offers - from Western Michigan and Toledo - when Dantonio came calling a short time before signing day in 2007.

And suddenly, four years and a Big Ten title later, Cousins will begin his final season of eligibility at Michigan State.

But for as long as he can remember the college game has always a part of his life, especially when you consider that he split his time growing up in the Chicago suburbs, in addition to Holland.

"As a result, I was around much of the Big Ten conference," said Cousins. "I remember in first grade was the year that Northwestern went to the Rose Bowl and the entire city of Chicago caught on fire following the Wildcats."

"My family had a lot of tradition with Iowa, so I grew up a big Iowa Hawkeye fan watching them play. Then, we moved to Michigan and I grew up around the Michigan, Michigan State rivalry. So I grew up a college football fan almost by default."

At Holland Christian High School Kirk was a [..]

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A BBC Original

Sep 02, 2011 Adam Ruff | View Comments


Across the pond, the BBC is a television network akin to America's CNN.

However, in East Lansing, the BBC is all about Baker, Bell & Caper, the explosive trio of talented tailbacks that accounted for 1,950 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2010.

So forgive me if it's still kind of hard to believe that just 2 seasons ago, MSU had five different tailbacks who each played significant time, with none rushing for more than 468 yards. But, I guess when you try to replace a running back like All-American Javon Ringer, it's not always so easy.

But now, with the BBC heading up MSU's ground game, Ringer seems like a distant memory (In a good way). Not just because the BBC more than made up for Ringer's yards in 2010, but also because these guys are primed to be even better in 2011 - and they know it.

Just after Spring Ball began, Edwin Baker declared that his goals for '11 were 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns.

"I see that goal every day I wake up," he said. "It's right there on my wall. I tap it before I walk out of the room and before I do anything...Just knowing that it's there and I see [..]

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