Michigan State isn't known as a quarterback school. Wide receivers? Yeah. Sure. Defensive backs? Those too.
Quarterbacks? Not really.
However, there are three former Spartans who are enjoying success in the NFL, and each of them left Week 3 as winners: Kirk Cousins (2008-2011) played reliever Sunday during Washington's 41-10 thrashing of Jacksonville.
Robert Griffin III, the starter, exited after suffering an injury in the first quarter. Cousins, who holds just about every Spartans QB record imaginable, completed 22 of 33 attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Cousins has consistently proven himself. Outperforming the job description has been the norm.
Brian Hoyer (2005-2008) has been fighting for more reps in Cleveland. After engineering an 85-yard, game-winning scoring drive, that could be a possibility. His efficiency set up Billy Cundiff's 29-yard field goal, giving the Browns a 26-24 victory over New Orleans. With 13 seconds to play, he hit Andrew Hawkins for a 28-yard clock killer.
Drew Stanton (2003-2006) stepped into Carson Palmer's shoes and led Arizona to a 25-14 victory over the New York Giants. He threw for 167 yards and managed a trio of scoring drives.
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