Speaking at a charity event Thursday night, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio was asked a simple question: Who is the best player you’ve ever coached at Michigan State?
His reported answer? Former Spartans QB Kirk Cousins.
Dantonio asked who the best player he’s ever coached at Michigan State is. Answer: Kirk Cousins
— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) May 12, 2017
Cousins was indeed an excellent player for Dantonio and the Spartans. In four seasons in East Lansing, he completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 9,131 yards and 66 touchdowns. He is second all-time at Michigan State in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense, and the Spartans’ all-time leader in completions and passing efficiency.
After Cousins’ Michigan State career, he was selected by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and eventually became the Redskins’ starter and a Pro Bowler, and is set to make nearly $24 million next season.
Dantonio, who has coached the Spartans for 10 seasons, had many great players to choose from. Among the suggestions in Twitter comments were Twitter users comment suggested Le’Veon Bell, Connor Cook, Malik McDowell, Darqueze Dennard, Greg Jones, Jack Conklin and Trae Waynes.
Dantonio also had this amusing answer to a question about how he liked his job.
Mark Dantonio spoke tonight in Troy at a fundraiser for Angels' Place.
Kid in the crowd asked if he likes being a coach. MD: "Sometimes." pic.twitter.com/CSXnprNAG3
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 12, 2017