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ESPN: Kirk Cousins hits Manning, Elite 11 camps

CHICAGO -- In an effort to improve his quarterbacking skills, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins traveled to two extremes this summer.

He went to the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., a place Cousins described as "one step removed from 'Swamp People.'" He also said Illinois coach Ron Zook called it "just left of Hell."

He also went to the Elite 11 camp at Pepperdine University, which is in Malibu, Calif.

"They're essentially polar opposites," Cousins said with a laugh. "I guess the scenery in Malibu is a little nicer than Thibodaux."

But Cousins said he learned a lot in both ...

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