Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins 2015.jpg
Cousins in 2015
No. 8 Washington Redskins
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-11) September 11, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Barrington, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Holland (MI) Christian
College: Michigan State
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2015
Passing attempts: 560
Passing completions: 345
Percentage: 61.6
TDINT: 22–23
Passing yards: 4,035
Passer rating: 79.4
Stats at

Kirk Daniel Cousins (born August 19, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State, where he was the Spartans' starter from 2009 to 2011. He was drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cousins is the son of Don Cousins, the Senior Pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, FL,[2] and Maryann Cousins. He is the second of three children. Cousins attended Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan where he starred in football, baseball (as a pitcher), and basketball. He broke his ankle in his junior year and was forced to attend camps in order to make an impression with recruiting colleges.[3] He was about to sign with Toledo or Western Michigan when Mark Dantonio became the head coach at Michigan State. After Dantonio failed to sign his top targets at quarterback, he offered a scholarship to Cousins in January 2007, and he accepted. He also participated in Athletes in Action sports ministry. Cousins majored in kinesiology throughout his college career.

Cousins finished his high school football career with 3,204 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.[4]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Kirk Cousins
Holland, MI West Ottawa HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.80 Jan 19, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: – (QB)   Rivals: – (QB), 27 (MI)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

In 2007, newly hired Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio recruited Cousins to play for the Spartans. Cousins was redshirted for the 2007 season. In 2008, he spent the season as the back up quarterback to Brian Hoyer. He played in five games passing for a total of 310 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. In 2009, he competed for and won the starting quarterback job against teammate Keith Nichol. He led Michigan State to a 6–7 (4-4) season with 19 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,680 passing yards in 12 games. In 2010, he led Michigan State to an 11–2 (7-1) record and a share of the Big Ten Championship. In 2011 his Michigan State Spartans went 11-3 (7-2) and played in the first ever Big Ten championship game. Cousins was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches, and played his final game as a Michigan State Spartan on January 2, 2012 defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl. His teams posted an undefeated 4-0 record against in-state rival Michigan.[5] Cousins won the 2011 Lowes's Senior CLASS Award.[6]

Kirk Cousins drew praise for a speech he delivered at the Big Ten kickoff lunch on behalf of all Big Ten student-athletes [7]

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 214 lb 3134 in 978 in 4.93 s 4.50 s 7.05 s 28.5 in 9 ft 1 in N/A reps
All values from the NFL Combine[8]

Washington Redskins[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Cousins at Redskins training camp in 2012.

In the 2012 NFL Draft, Cousins was selected by the Washington Redskins as the seventh choice in the fourth round, making him the 102nd draft pick overall.[9] The pick surprised many analysts, as the Redskins had drafted 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick to be their franchise quarterback, the Redskins acquired the pick by giving the Rams four high-value draft picks over three years.[10] Cousins was viewed as an insurance policy in case Griffin was injured, with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan saying "You're one or two plays away from being the starter...And if I see that value out there on the third day of the draft, I'm going to take that."[11] Cousins officially signed with the Redskins on May 31, 2012 to a four-year contract.[12]

In the second game of the preseason against the Chicago Bears, Cousins threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, though the Bears would go on to win 33-31.[13] In the fourth and final game of preseason against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cousins completed 15-of-27 passes for 222 yards, the Washington Redskins had a 30-3 win. He won the backup quarterback job over incumbent starter Rex Grossman.

Cousins made his regular season debut in the third quarter of a Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons after Griffin suffered a concussion. Cousins threw his first career touchdown pass on a 77-yard pass to Santana Moss, but threw two interceptions in the last two series of the game while trying to tie the game.[14]

His second NFL appearance came in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. On the final drive of the game, with the Redskins down 8, Griffin suffered a knee injury. Cousins went 2-2 and finished the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with 29 seconds remaining, to bring the Redskins within 2. On the two-point conversion, Shanahan called for a run/pass option, and Cousins scored on a quarterback draw to tie the game at 28. In overtime, rookie cornerback Richard Crawford gave the Redskins excellent field position after a 64-yard punt return, setting up a game-winning field goal.[15]

The following week, on December 15, 2012, Cousins was announced as the Redskins starter for the Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns, marking his first career start.[16] After a slow first half, Cousins rallied the offense to a 28-point second act. Cousins finished the day 26-of-37 for 329 yards with 2 touchdown passes, bringing the Washington Redskins a 38-21 win.[17][18] Later that week, Cousins was voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, becoming the third Redskins rookie to receive the honor that season (after Griffin and Alfred Morris).[19] Overall in 2012, Cousins appeared in 3 games with 466 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.

2013 season[edit]

On December 11, 2013, Cousins was named starting quarterback for the rest of the 2013 season after Shanahan deactivated Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season in order to protect him for the following year, with Rex Grossman as Cousins's backup.[20][21] Cousins appeared in 5 games with 854 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

2014 season[edit]

On February 2, 2014, Cousins stated that he was open to a trade from the Redskins.[22]

In March, Cousins announced that he would be giving number 12 to new teammate Andre Roberts, for the price of a $12,000 donation to the Kirk Cousins Football Camp. Cousins then switched over to number 8, a number he wore throughout his high school and college career.[23]

During Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cousins came in relief of Griffin who left the game with a dislocated ankle. Cousins finished the game with 250 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 41-10 victory over the Jaguars.

In Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cousins started the game and threw for 427 yards, the first game he had over 400 passing yards. Washington still lost an ensuing slugfest to the Eagles 34-37.

In Week 4 against the New York Giants, Cousins had a poor showing, throwing for 1 touchdown but 4 interceptions and a lost fumble.[24] The Redskins were blown out 45-14 with a total of 6 turnovers.

In Week 5 against the defending Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks Cousins showed progress from the embarrassing loss to the Giants throwing for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions including a 68-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. The Redskins lost 27-17.

He was benched in favor of Colt McCoy for the second half against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7.[25]

2015 season[edit]

On August 31, 2015, Cousins was named the starter for the 2015 Redskins regular season opener over Robert Griffin III.[26] On October 4, 2015, Cousins led a 90-yard game-winning drive against the Philadelphia Eagles, his first since 2012, when he threw a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with under a minute left in the fourth quarter, winning the game 23-20.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Cousins married Julie Hampton on June 28, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. He dated Julie for roughly two years prior to marrying her.[28] Cousins is a Christian.[29]


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  2. ^ "Don Cousins". Discovery Church. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Rookie on the Field, Veteran in the Faith - CBN TV - Video". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  4. ^ Staples, Andy (October 21, 2011). "Michigan State's Kirk Cousins beat odds to become face of Big Ten". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Complete All-Big Ten football teams". Detroit Free Press. November 29, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Football Winner - Kirk Cousins". YouTube. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Kirk Cousins Kickoff Luncheon Speech". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  8. ^ "NFL Combine Profile". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  9. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (April 28, 2012). "Kirk Cousins: Washington Redskins' future backup QB". 
  10. ^ NFL Draft 2012: Washington Redskins make surprise move drafting Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
  11. ^ Mike Shanahan: RGIII 'understands,' supports Cousins pick
  12. ^ Tinsman, Brian (May 31, 2012). "Redskins Sign Fourth-Round Pick Cousins". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  13. ^ "Offensive line takes step in right direction". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  14. ^ Tinsman, Brian (October 7, 2012). "Cousins: 'I Tried To Do Too Much'". Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  15. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 10, 2012). "Monday Morning Stats Pack: Redskins-Ravens". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  16. ^ Hanzus, Dan (2012-12-15). "RG3 will not start for Washington Redskins on Sunday". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  17. ^ Withers, Tom (2012-12-16). "Cousins leads Redskins over Browns 38-21". Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  18. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 17, 2012). "Victory Monday Stats Pack: Redskins-Browns". Redskins. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  19. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 21, 2012). "Cousins, Redskins Sweep Weekly Awards". Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  20. ^ Keirn, John (December 11, 2013). "Redskins to start Kirk Cousins". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ Farrar, Doug (December 11, 2013). "Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins; RGIII will be deactivated for rest of the season". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Report: Kirk Cousins "open" to trade from Washington.". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Walker, Andrew. "Kirk Cousins Switches Back To Trusty No. 8". The Redskin Blog. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  24. ^ Jones, Mike (September 26, 2014). "Kirk Cousins has five turnovers, Eli Manning has five TDs, and Giants top Redskins, 45-14". Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  25. ^ "Redskins bench Kirk Cousins in second half Week 7". October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Kirk Cousins named Redskins' starting QB for 2015 season". August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  27. ^ Clarke, Liz. "Kirk Cousins leads Redskins on 90-yard game-winning drive to beat Eagles, 23-20". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  28. ^ "Kirk Cousins wife Julie Hampton". Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "Michigan State Quarterback Kirk Cousins Talks Faith, Football". 

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