Former Michigan State quarterback and current backup to starting Washington Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, was always a very religious young man. On Wednesday, Michigan State fans got a treatment to a little former of the latter.
When the Spartans were well on their way to a successful 11-win season in 2011, including a bowl win in the 2012 Outback Bowl over Georgia, Cousins was always ready to hand his glory to a higher power; namely, God.
Highly-devout in his Christian faith, many were more encouraged by Cousins’ convictions as a star on the field as he became the most-successful quarterback in Michigan State history during his senior year. Things were going well and many fans didn’t seem to care who to thank, be it coach Mark Dantonio or God; they were rather all too pleased to be winning football games.
This year, though, is anything but similar to the storybook season of last year. In fact, it’s more like a nightmare…
After 10 games, the Spartans are .500 and all hopes for success in the Big Ten Conference have washed away. Injuries have set back major players and costly coaching decisions have robbed MSU of a number of key victories.
For junior starting MSU quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who follows a similar path religiously to that of Cousins, glory is to God in the good times… as well as the bad.
“Being a Christian, I believe that God truly does have a plan — this is part of it,” Maxwell said. “Being 5-5 is not what we wanted to happen, but we’re going to be stronger because of it. There are lessons we can learn from every single one of these games.
“When those lessons are going to be applied, and when that’s going to come to light, I don’t know.”
So how did the team review of watching the game film from Michigan State’s heartbreaking 28-24 loss to Nebraska from this past weekend go? Coach Dantonio seemed to imply that the setting was much more akin to that of a church deep in prayer, rather than setting of hope for better days of football to come.
“(It was) very quiet. Very quiet. It was very quiet,” Dantonio said of the team atmosphere. ” You’ve got to be able to move on. I went to Trinity on Sunday, Trinity Church on Sunday. Used to go to St. John’s, but Pastor Williams talked about some things and one of the things he talked about is there’s got to be presence and suffering. Everybody has to suffer together. Along the lines of that, no pity.
“So we’ve got to get on with it, move past it.”
Dantonio comes from a more hard-nosed, older perspective. His outlook has always been one of hard work and toughening it out through the difficult times, and his ultimate advice for the team’s players and fans?
“Life’s not fair. It’s just not,” he said. “Eventually things will even out. Things come in cycles, things come in bunches.”
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