Most Big Ten fans know Kirk Cousins, and they know that the Michigan State quarterback is one of the classiest players in college football. His accomplishments both on and off the field make him a player not soon to be forgotten in East Lansing.
It's appropriate then that Cousins has been named this year's winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes a senior FBS player who has notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. CLASS stands for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School."
From the news release:
"I'm very honored to be named the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner," said Cousins. "This award represents its namesake class and anytime you’re associated with something that talks about class, integrity and character, it’s very humbling. To even be in the running for this award, with all of the other amazing student-athletes in this country and their impressive accomplishments and credentials, is very special. It goes without saying that our coaching staff, my teammates, and our program in general is a classy organization, and by being around them, it gives me a chance to win an incredible award such as this."
Cousins carries a 3.684 cumulative grade point average and graduated this month with a degree in kinesiology. He is a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. The Holland, Mich., native is only the second three-time captain in the 115-year history of Spartan football. One of Michigan State’s most involved student-athletes, Cousins has participated in numerous community initiatives. He has volunteered on the pediatric ward at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, and he has spoken to countless church and youth organizations. He was also a member of the 2010 Allstate Good Works Team as selected by the American Football Coaches Association and was a two-time finalist for the Wuerrfel Trophy, which honors the college football player who combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Cousins is among the senior CLASS first-team All-Americans, while Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is a second-team All-America selection. Both Cousins and Persa were among the 10 finalists for the award.
Cousins is a very deserving winner. He wraps up his college career Monday in the Outback Bowl against Georgia.