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Former Michigan State Teammates Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles To Reunite Sunday

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Though he briefly considered doing so, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has decided against reaching out to former teammate Nick Foles this week as he prepares to make his first start on Sunday for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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“I figured so many people are going to be texting him and calling him this week that the last thing he needs is a text from me, an opponent, saying good luck,” Cousins said.

Cousins and Foles were teammates at Michigan State in 2007, when Foles served as the third-string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer and Conner Dixon and Cousins ran the scout team as the fourth-string quarterback.

Foles transferred to Arizona the following summer, which Cousins said was partially due to homesickness, and started at quarterback in 2010 and 2011. The Eagles selected him in the third round of the NFL Draft in April, while Cousins took over as the starting quarterback in 2009 and was selected in the fourth round.

Michael Vick sustained a concussion in the second quarter of the Eagles’ loss to Dallas last Sunday and did not return, which led to Foles stepping in to make his professional debut. Vick, still battling the effects of the concussion, is unlikely to play on Sunday against the Redskins.

Cousins said the assumption would be that Foles, at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, would be a big-bodied quarterback similar to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Carolina’s Cam Newton. But in actuality, Foles is “actually rather lean” and “very athletic.”

“He has more athleticism than people realize, but at the same time, he’s not Mike Vick,” Cousins said. “But very strong-armed, smart and the kind of guy that people respect and people like. He’s a likeable guy. He’s got a great personality. He’s a selfless teammate. I never had a problem with him. I thought he was just a good, genuine teammate.”

And while Cousins has restrained from reaching out to Foles during the week, Sunday night at FedEx Field will be a different story.

“Obviously after the game I’d love to say hello to him and wish him good luck,” Cousins said.

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