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With Wisconsin and Michigan State tied within the ultimate seconds of a battle between two of the Large Ten’s prime groups in 2011, Nichol caught a deflected Hail Mary move simply in need of the top zone, the lunged ahead, being stopped simply as he crossed—or relying in your perspective, simply in need of—the objective line.
After a replay assessment, officers determined Nichol had certainly scored, and in consequence, the Spartans had a victory that knocked Wisconsin and Wilson out of the nationwide championship hunt. And the quarterback who threw that last-second heave into the top zone? That was none apart from Kirk Cousins, who will face Wilson and the Seahawks when Washington performs at CenturyLink Discipline.
“I nonetheless don’t know if it’s in the long run zone, however that one damage,” Wilson mentioned with amusing. “I believe we had an opportunity to go to the Nationwide Championship that yr till that occurred.”
Wilson and Wisconsin acquired their revenge later that season, successful the Large Ten championship recreation to earn a visit to the Rose Bowl, however that wouldn’t be final time Wilson and Cousins crossed paths.
“Kirk and I do know one another fairly nicely,” Wilson mentioned. “Up to now few years, we haven’t been capable of keep in contact as a lot as a result of he's busy, I’m busy and all the things else. However popping out (of faculty), we all know one another very well. We educated at IMG collectively… We set to work collectively each day, throwing and watching movie collectively so I've a variety of respect for him. He performs the sport nearly as good because it will get. He is an outstanding soccer participant. He has a terrific thoughts, nice perspective and he's all the things that you really want.”
That 2012 draft class got here into the league with a variety of hype surrounding its quarterbacks, however not due to a pair of Large Ten passers who had been drafted within the center rounds, however fairly due to the expertise on the prime, with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III going No. 1 and a couple of within the draft. 4 quarterbacks went within the first spherical that yr, all of whom, together with Wilson, opened their rookie seasons as starters, however with Luck sidelined by a shoulder harm, Griffin out of the league and fellow first-rounder Ryan Tannehill out with a knee-injury, it’s Wilson, a third-round choose, and Cousins, a fourth-rounder, who're at the moment carrying the torch for that extremely touted quarterback class. Heading into Sunday’s recreation, the second NFL assembly between the 2—third should you rely a 2012 playoff recreation when Cousins was Griffin’s backup—Cousins ranks third within the NFL with passer ranking of 103.three whereas Wilson is eighth (100.four), and Wilson is second in passing yards per recreation with 286.9 whereas Cousins is sixth (271.four).
Previous to the 2012 draft, the Seahawks interviewed Cousins and Wilson on the NFL scouting mix and got here away impressed with each. And seeing as present 49ers head coach and former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has mentioned the Redskins, who had a third-round choose 4 spots forward of Seattle, appreciated Wilson lots within the 2012 draft, it’s not that farfetched to ascertain a situation wherein Cousins and Wilson had been going through off this weekend, however carrying reverse uniforms.
“He is a wonderful soccer participant,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentioned of Cousins. “No matter they ask him to do, he can do. After we had been trying out and had been first being launched to Russell, Kirk was there on the identical evening that we interviewed them again on the lodge (on the mix) and each of these guys had been so spectacular. After that evening, we had been speaking about how impressed all of us had been with the best way they got here throughout and their strengths and their smarts and their background and all that stuff. It's actually not a shock. He's a very good soccer participant.”
Ultimately, Washington handed on Wilson within the third spherical and the Seahawks landed their franchise quarterback with the 75th general choose, Cousins went within the fourth spherical and finally grew to become a starter and a Professional Bowler, and now the 2 face off once more, renewing a rivalry that goes again to varsity and a few loopy video games in 2011.
“It’s at all times been an excellent competitors going again to varsity,” Cousins mentioned in a press convention this week. “We educated collectively main as much as the draft, and whether or not it was enjoying in opposition to him within the Large Ten or coaching collectively for the draft or simply each being quarterbacks within the NFL, he has at all times challenged me and the competitors there has at all times introduced the most effective out of me so far as at all times attempting to boost my degree of play.
Once I was drafted, I bear in mind considering, ‘Boy, it’d be enjoyable if that class was capable of have a variety of manufacturing within the NFL.’ We’ll see the place we go from right here, however I’m glad for (Wilson) and all of the success he’s had and the best way he has been capable of earn all these accomplishments and wins and a Tremendous Bowl championship. He has accomplished so many nice issues on this league and has so many nice years forward of hm. He’s definitely a brilliant spot in our league whenever you discuss any person to be enthusiastic about who’s enjoyable to look at. Hopefully we will comprise him on Sunday, which only a few groups are capable of do.”
And Wilson and Cousins are the one members of the 2012 draft class reuniting at CenturyLink Discipline Sunday. Throughout the pre-draft course of, these two had been a part of what looking back was a reasonably ridiculous assortment of expertise that labored out collectively on the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. Along with these two quarterbacks, that exercise group additionally included fellow beginning quarterback Ryan Tannehill, future All-Professional linebackers Bobby Wagner and Luke Kuechly, All-Professional cornerback Josh Norman, who shall be on the sector Sunday for Washington, Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu and Cowboys working again Alfred Morris, who's a two-time Professional Bowler with Washington earlier in his profession.
“We had a loopy draft class,” Wagner mentioned. “That little exercise group was fairly intense.”
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