Time for the Spartan Nation To Measure Up

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Spartan QB Kirk Cousins gave an empassioned plea for the Spartan Nation to finish what they started in 2010.  Photo courtesy of Bill Marklevits.

Spartan QB Kirk Cousins gave an empassioned plea for the Spartan Nation to finish what they started in 2010. Photo courtesy of Bill Marklevits.

                                                   

                       Orlando, Florida – Yesterday MSU QB Kirk Cousins told a throng of fans at pep rally that “the Capital One Bowl game is time for the entire Spartan Nation to step up and measure up!”  Mark Dantonio and the MSU coaches have challenged the players to execute the game plan and to win their last game, ending a special season with a victory over pre-season #1 and defending national champion Alabama.  Cousins challenged the MSU fans and Spartan Nation to also step up, “make noise and cheer Michigan State to victory.”  Over 25,000 MSU fans are expected to attend the Capital One Bowl and Cousins said the team will be spurred by the power of the entire Spartan Nation.

Senior captain and punter Aaron Bates also challenged the 17 seniors who will wear the Michigan State uniform for the last time to get their 12th win and establish single season and career victory totals (34) that will be even more difficult for future classes to break than the current records the 2009 senior class holds.

Both head coaches agreed that dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball is a key to victory. Michigan State’s leading WR BJ Cunningham is out of the game but so is Alabama All-American DB Mark Barron.  The Crimson Tide are a 10 point favorite but with all the upsets that have occurred this bowl season that will not deter Michigan State’s quest to win their first bowl game since 2001.  

Today the Spartans received extra motivation to send offensive coordinator Don Treadwell out a winner.  Treadwell who admirably filled in for head coach Mark Dantonio earlier this season this morning accepted the head coaching position at his alma-mater the University of Miami (Ohio).  

 

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