Outback Bowl Media Day Coverage: Player Quotes
 
 
 
Max Bullough meets with reporters on Tuesday during MSU's Outback Bowl Media Day.
 
Max Bullough meets with reporters on Tuesday during MSU's Outback Bowl Media Day.
 
 

Dec. 20, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football program held its Outback Bowl Media Day on Tuesday in the Clara Bell Smith Center Auditorium. Hear what senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, senior safety Trenton Robinson, sophomore linebacker Max Bullough and sophomore running back Le'Veon Bell had to say about the upcoming matchup against No. 18 Georgia on Jan. 2 in Tampa, Fla.

Senior Quarterback Kirk Cousins

On getting over the disappointment of not reaching the Rose Bowl...
We're over it. That's water under the bridge, it's done, it's over. We're excited for the Outback Bowl. We feel the opponent we're playing against is as good as anyone in the country. It'll be a marquee game, a marquee matchup, it's going to be a great opportunity for us.

On the feeling of it being your last game as a Spartan...
I'm going to enjoy the process. Two weeks left, I'm going to make the most of the opportunity to play for Michigan State one last time; take it all in, even in practices, and the events leading up to the game, and the game itself. I'll make the most of it then move on. I feel I've given everything I have to this university; I have nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of. I'll give it everything I have then move on from there.

On having the opportunity to play for Michigan State...
It's been a dream come true. It's been something a lot of people told me I couldn't do. A lot of people doubted me and my character and what was inside of me. The fact that I've been able to prove a lot of people wrong and accomplish more than most people thought I could has been very meaningful.

On importance of winning a bowl game...
Well, I believe that his program is ready for a bowl win. We haven't had one in awhile. We've played great opponents every year and this year is no different. We as a senior class want to leave with a win. You don't want to be in the locker room as your last game ever in a Spartan uniform with a loss. You want to be in that locker room celebrating a win the last time you ever play for Michigan State. We'll do everything we can to make sure we play very, very well and hopefully come away with a win.

 

 

Sophomore Linebacker Max Bullough

On winning a bowl game...
When it's early in the season you're not really worried about winning your bowl game, but now that we're into the bowl season and bowl prep, I think it's important as anything. It's a challenge for us, and it's obviously a great team we're playing in Georgia. So it would be rewarding to win a bowl game, but also rewarding in itself if we can beat a team like Georgia.

On a statement game against the SEC...
I think it always is. I think it always is when a Big Ten team is playing against an SEC team, a Big Ten team playing against a Pac-12 team, whoever it may be. Especially personally for MSU playing against any team, it's about wanting to establish MSU as an elite program and to do that you need to beat the best.

On confidence the coaches show in him...
I was happy (defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi) gave me that compliment, whether it's true or he's just saying it. The fact that he's talking about it is a good thing. Being a good defense I think it takes a guy to be out there getting things lined up to know what's coming. By the time I get out of here I don't want to be known for just that, I want to be known for being a linebacker and that's talked about secondary.

On exceeding expectations of the linebackers this season...
I think we exceeded what people thought we thought we could accomplish as linebackers this year. We had the confidence going in, we knew we had the talent, we knew we had the players. It was about getting the experience, giving us a chance to get the experience. We hadn't done it, we hadn't played in the games, and everyone said we can't do this we can't do that. Well let us play in the game and let us show you what we can do. I think we've proven that.

Sophomore Running Back Le'Veon Bell

On two- and three-star recruits coming together to form this team...
You have to give credit to Coach D, he was evaluating us in high school, understanding what we could bring to this team. We don't really have one guy, we have a stable of guys, three stars (in the backfield) that all help each other out. We all compliment each other well offensively and make our offense a lot better offense than most teams. Coach D just does a great job of evaluating us.

On splitting carries with Edwin Baker...
That really helps me out, having a compliment running back. He gives them a little change of pace. You really can't prepare for that because you're not going to see something like that in practice, Edwin's speed and my size. He definitely helps me out. I wouldn't ask for 25 carries, I don't need it; I just want to go out there and do whatever I can to win the game.

On sending the seniors out the right way...
It will mean everything in the world to me. They're the winningest class here. They had a great season this year and took us to the first-ever Big Ten Championship game. We have to send them out with a win.

On facing a tough SEC team...
We have to go out there and keep riding. We're going to have times of adversity when things aren't going our way but we have to find a way to turn it around and keep pushing. They're going to face adversity and when they do that we got to try and keep pushing and keep pushing. They're going to be a very good team, just like they're saying the same thing about us; we're going to be a very good team. It's going to be a very good game. Both of us lost our last game so we both want to go out there and get this win.

Senior Safety Trenton Robinson

On what you want people to remember about your time here...
That I was a team player and that I loved my teammates.

On being able to forget about the Alabama game and the 2011 Capital One Bowl...
Yeah, that's always been in the back of my mind. It's one of those dark places in your mind you don't ever want to be at again because that was rough, and that wasn't a good feeling. I never want to feel like that in football.

On what a win would do for the respect of the program...
It'll be good for us to go up against an SEC school and win. It's just going to be good, it makes the program look better, and we go out on a win because everybody thinks the SEC is better than the Big Ten. To go out here and get this win would be great for our program.

On getting over the loss in the Big Ten Championship Game...
I mean you don't lose the football game off of one play. We missed sacks, we missed deep balls. You need to have a short term memory as a defensive back so we can't sit and dwell on that or we'll have another bad game.