Cousin clutch for Blaze

Cousin clutch for Blaze

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Cousin clutch for Blaze

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Quindell Cousin was known for his ability on the basketball court prior to this year.

The Blackman High senior, though, has shown his athleticism goes beyond the hardwood.

Cousin is one of the top receivers in District 7-AAA through six games this season, and is a key offensive threat for the Blaze (3-3 overall, 0-2 in 7-AAA). Blackman hosts Smyrna (1-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday in both teams’ final game before fall break.

“We knew he had great ability and that he could do special things on the field,” Blackman coach Philip Shadowens said. “It was a matter of getting him comfortable enough catching the football, comfortable in pads on a Friday night. You’ve got to be comfortable to do that.

“All fall and fall camp and into our first game against Independence, he was able to make plays. We knew we had somebody special there. He’s been a big playmaker for us this season.”

Cousin was a standout on the basketball court as a junior, teaming up with point guard Darius Thompson to lead the Blaze to their first state tournament appearance. Cousin should off his athletic ability during basketball with his ability to snag rebounds and dunk.

That athleticism has carried over to the football field.

Cousin is second among District 7-AAA receivers, trailing only Siegel senior Tae Martin. Cousin has 20 catches for 416 yards and three touchdowns through six games. His best game came at Oakland when he reeled in eight passes for a career-high 154 yards. Cousin’s yardage currently ranks him second all-time for a single season at Blackman. Jalen Smith set the record a year ago with 585 yards on 36 catches.

“He impacts the game for us,” Blackman basketball coach Barry Wortman said. “He does something over the course of the game that impacts the game. He can impact the game at a level that others don’t. Outside looking in, he can do the same thing (at football) with his athleticism.”

UT-Martin has offered Cousin for football. He does not have any basketball offers but has garnered the attention of NAIA, Division II and small Division I program, Wortman said.

Martin leads Rutherford County receivers with 28 catches for 538 yards and has seven receiving TDs.

Cousin said he challenged Martin this season on who could be the top receiver this season.

“We’ve been close friends since eighth grade,” Cousin said.

Cousin’s big season has come in only his second season of high school football. He decided not to play his sophomore year. His junior football season ended prematurely when he sustained a knee injury.

“I worked hard to get back after the knee injury,” Cousin said. “I set a short-term goal to get 1,000 yards receiving and to play every game as hard as I can because it could be my last if I got hurt again.”

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