MASON COLE Offensive Center/Tackle University of Michigan Wolverines #52 6:04.5-308 Tarpon Springs, Florida East Lake High School
When Jim Harbaugh took over the University of Michigan program, the Wolverines secured a coach who is not only innovative, but one that has “old school” football philosophy, having grown up in a football coaching environment. Much like former NFL greats, Paul Brown, Chuck Noll and Al Davis, Harbaugh recognizes that the chemistry developed by the offensive line is imperative for any success the team will have in reaching the end zone.
Those former football legends also recognized that in order to have a quality front wall, you need to build from within and then branch the talent level to the outside. Teams like Dallas have had success building their line from the tackle positions and then plugging warm bodies inside. In Harbaugh’s system, you will not see those typically squat fireplugs handling snapping duties. No, the former quarterback wants his centers to be tall, large and most importantly, smart.
The 2014 Michigan team had stumbled to a 5-7 record, utilizing 6:03 at center. Once Harbaugh arrived in 2015, the offensive line underwent a massive overhaul. First to go was Miller, as the coach shifted 6:06 left guard Graham Glasgow to center. Taking his place at left guard would be Ben Braden, who performed at right tackle in 2014. Backup left tackle Erik Magnuson would slide into the spot vacated by Braden shifting inside. Kyle Kalis would remain the right guard and Mason Cole remained stationed at the demanding left tackle position.
Cole was an anomaly, even by the Wolverines standards. In 2014, he became the first true freshman in school history to start a season opener along the offensive line when he joined the first unit vs. Appalachian State. By doing so, he joined former Michigan All-American William “Bubba” Paris (1978) as the only Wolverines to start a game at tackle as true freshmen.
While most experts say it takes time for chemistry to develop up front, Harbaugh committed to his five starters, as that unit remained intact throughout the 2015 schedule. Yes, there were a few blips, especially early in the season, as the front wall struggled during their first two teams together and also had to adjust to the cadence called by incoming quarterback Jake Rudock. Toss in the fact that injuries to the running unit saw their receivers and even their strong safety have to step up and carry the ball on more than a handful of plays.
By the time the second half of the season rolled around, the line was operating on “all eight cylinders.” Quietly, and without being recognized – something most offensive linemen have to deal with; the anonymity of playing that position – Cole was performing at peak level. In the NFL scouting industry, linemen are graded on blocking consistency. Any grade received at 90% or better is considered excellent. In five of his final six appearances, the 2015 left tackle achieved that level.
When 2016 spring camp rolled around, Harbaugh was again tinkering with his offensive line. With Graham Glasgow now a member of the Detroit Lions, the coach turned to his 6:05 left tackle to take over as the “big man” in the middle of his revised offensive line. Cole made the seamless adjustment to the pivot, a position usually reserved for the “fireplugs.” Glasgow, who is battling for the starting job with the Lions, is the NFL’s tallest center this year. Last season, that honor fell to Miami’s 6:05 Mike Pouncey. On the other end of the spectrum, the shortest center in the league currently starting is Arizona’s 5:11 A.Q. Shipley.
By utilizing Cole’s drive blocking ability and exceptional success stalking second level defenders, Harbaugh reasons that his average ground game would benefit greatly by having this 25-game starter out in front on traps and pulls. To make the move work, seldom used sophomore, Grant Newsome, will have to convince the staff he is ready to step in at left tackle. Both Braden and Kalis did not have awe-inspiring performances at the guard positions last year and their projected right tackle, Erik Magnuson had several issues last season where Cole was forced to shift to the right side and give Magnuson a “breather” on the bench. With obvious great genes coming from his father, sophomore Jon Runyan is a name to watch, if the guard situation does not improve for the Wolverines.
THE HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT WHO SLIPPED PAST THE FLORIDA RECRUITERS
The Tarpon Springs, Florida resident attended East Lake High School before joining the Wolverines. A four-year starter in the trenches, he was a USA Today All-American pick as a senior, adding first-team All-Area and All-State accolades during both of his junior season, leading to an invitation to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Cole first emerged on the recruiting camp circuit back in the summer of 2011, when he was a rising sophomore who was quickly recognized as a talent to keep an eye on by Rivals.com (Keith Niebuhr) after his performance at the National Underclassman camp. Their staff writer stated, “This is someone who looks like he has a bright future. Cole is lean and has great length. For his size, and the fact he's still young, he has quick feet and excellent lateral movement. His technique was as good as any linemen on hand either day. Cole's punch slowed or stopped numerous defenders, and he was smooth enough on his feet to effectively contain the speed rushers. His comprehension is high.”
That success continued throughout his prep career and he was named one of the top prospects at a Florida State camp, despite playing with a cast on his left hand. Standing 6:05 and at 267-pounds, scouts noticed that he was very athletic with quick feet and hands. He did a good job of establishing a solid base and using his arm length off the snap. He showed the quickness to immediately get out and on a defender and easily gained traction when blocking and sustaining his blocks.
Tarpon Springs East Lake High School plays in Florida's largest classification (8A) and thanks to Cole’s blocking up front as a junior, they reached the regional final before bowing out to Orlando Dr. Phillips. East Lake not only produced Cole for Michigan, but that same team developed Clemson’s rising star at wide receiver - Artavis Scott. The team also featured five-star Florida State recruit, George Campbell. While Cole accepted the scholarship offer from Michigan, the other two also listed that university as finalists before making their decisions.
Michigan was not the only school coveting Cole’s services. While narrowing down his list, he still had over twenty offers on the table. Some of the more notable requests for his services came from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Southern California, and Wisconsin. In most recruiting circles, it is safe to say that was about as impressive an offer list as you'll see a prospect have at this stage.
HELLO ANN ARBOR, GOOD BYE TARPON SPRINGS
It is very rare for an athlete to leave the recruiting hotbed areas that Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference recruiters scour, but former head coach Brady Hoke knew that he had his featured prize when he announced his 2014 class. Having entered the program at 267 pounds, Cole embraced the weight room and by the time he was to make his college debut, the coaches announced he would go one step further vs. Appalachian State – becoming the first Wolverines offensive lineman to debut as a starter.
“Summer cooking” on campus added twenty-five pounds to the youngster’s frame. Some other schools had projected Cole as a right tackle, figuring he would need time for his body to mature. His head coach, knowing his job was on the line, gambled that his freshman would produce. The gamble paid off, at least where Cole was concerned, but a 5-7 season soon saw Brady Hoke hit the unemployment line.
The 2013 team had problems both on and off the field, especially with their former All-American left tackle, Taylor Lewan. There was that classic meltdown vs. Michigan State that saw Lewan penalized for three flagrant fouls, including one for spitting on an opponent. Then, later in the year, an Ohio State fan alleged that Lewan assaulted him assaulted outside a downtown Ann Arbor restaurant on November 30th. The entire front wall needed to be “blown up” after that 2013 season, as they finished 105th in the nation after allowing 36 sacks for losses of 270 yards, along with seeing their ball carriers being tackled for losses 114 times and their quarterbacks having to dodge 29 pressures.
Having graduated from high school in December, Cole enrolled early at Michigan in January 2014 at the age of seventeen. He was so impressive in spring practice and during fall drills, that he became the “talk” even in the locker room. "Mason is a phenomenal player,” running back Justice Hayes noted, at the time. “He is a freshman but he doesn't play like it at all. He plays like he's been there for a couple years."
Since true freshmen became eligible to play in the NCAA, starting in 1972, only five first-year players have started any games on Michigan's offensive line: Bubba Paris (one game in 1978), Tom Dixon (one game in 1980), Dean Dingman (three games in 1987), Justin Boren (one game in 2006) and Kyle Bosch (three games in 2013). In the 2014 season opener, Michigan backs set a Michigan single-game record with 9.7 yards per carry (350 yards on 36 carries), and the offensive line was credited with the outburst.
Cole earned Freshman All-American status for his performance replacing Lewan at left tackle in 2014. On seventeen of their touchdown runs, thirteen were recorded behind the left side blocking. He helped the Wolverines gain 3,996 yards in total offense, with the ground attack benefitting to the tune of 162.83 yards per game, a marked improvement from the 2013 average of 125.7 yards. They reduced their sacks allowed total to twenty-five and allowed seventy total tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The 2015 season was actually two combined into one – the first, the early season struggles – the second, chemistry-in-motion, as Cole delivered 85 key blocks/knockdowns, providing rush lanes on 21-of-27 touchdown runs, while also posting key touchdown-resulting blocks on eight pass plays. Perhaps as a sign his move to center will see him emerge as a dominant trap blocker, he recorded nine down field blocks that led to big gains on scoring drives.
The team yielded eighteen sacks; 4.5 coming over the left tackle, but he still recorded the highest blocking consistency grade for all but one left tackle in the league (Michigan State’s Jack Conklin posted an 88.41 mark), registering in at 86.85%, earning excellent scores (90% or better) in seven contests, including in five of his last six appearances.
Through the first six games on the 2016 schedule, Cole leads all of the nation’s centers and guards with a blocking consistency grade of 96.33%, based on 73 key blocks/knockdowns that included crucial blocks on eighteen touchdown drives. With Cole in the middle, the Wolverines are averaging 255.0 yards per game and reached the end zone twenty-five times with their ball carriers.
The 2015 unit was averaging 201.33 yards while compiling fifteen scores within the same time frame. Last season, through the first six contests, Michigan averaged 189.17 aerial yards per game, as they completed 60.06% of their throws (106-of-175) with five touchdowns and six interceptions. The 2016 version is averaging 215.0 yards passing while accounting for twelve touchdowns.
THE MICHIGAN OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND THE NFL DRAFT
Since the two leagues merged and devised a universal draft in 1970, there have been nineteen Michigan offensive tacklers selected, but only seven centers have heard their names called. While those numbers lack quantity, the list includes some impressive quality, at least in regards to what rounds they were taken in. Cole’s teammate in 2015, Graham Glasgow, was selected in the third round of this year’s draft, with Detroit fully expecting the versatile lineman to open the season as their starter.
There is a drop-off in the talent base at center after Glasgow, as David Molk was a seventh round pick by San Diego in 2012, but has appeared in only twenty games, to date. Rod Payne was a third round choice by Cincinnati in 1998, but soon bombed out of the league after one year that saw him get a few snaps in six contests. 1976 Denver fifth round pick, Jim Czirr and 1973 16th round Chicago Bears choice, Bill Hart, never suited up for an NFL team. Fellow 16th rounder, Guy Murdock, played in fourteen games for the old Houston Oilers in 1972.
The only Michigan center since the merger to have some success in the NFL was 1992 All-Big Ten Conference pick, Steve Everitt. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (14th overall pick) of the 1993 NFL Draft, playing three seasons for the Browns from 1993 to 1995, appearing in 46 games, including 45 games at the team's starting center.
After the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996 Everitt was fined $5,000 by the league for wearing a Browns bandana with his Ravens uniform, which he did in protest of the team's relocation . He appeared in eight games for the Ravens in 1996. In March 1997, Everitt signed a five-year $11.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent three years with the Eagles, appearing in 45 games as the team's starting center. In April 2000, Everitt was released by the Eagles.
In June 2000, Everitt signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Rams. He appeared in only four games for the Rams, one as a starter, and all during the 2000 NFL season. In eight years in the NFL, Everitt appeared in 103 games, 98 of them as a starter, and registered five fumble recoveries.
Where the University of Michigan offensive line draft talent pool comes from is at tackle. Of the nineteen drafted since 1970, six were chosen in Round One and seven more joined the league as second round selections. In fact, each of the last five Wolverines tackles to play in the NFL were taken in either of the first two rounds, including Jake Long, the top overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Miami Dolphins. It would be six years later when Taylor Lewan would hear his name called in the first round, starting the last two years for Tennessee after they made him the 11th overall pick in 2014.
The first Michigan tackle to earn first round status since the merger was Mike Kenn, who would start 251-of-255 games after joining Atlanta as the 13th selection in 1978. The next year, Jon Giesler went 24th overall to Miami, starting 105-of-126 games before retiring in 1988. It would not be until 1995 for the next first round Michigan tackle to come along, as Trezelle Jenkins became a Kansas City Chief. However, in three seasons, he only saw game action nine times. Six years later, in 2001, Jeff Backus was the 18th pick in the draft by Detroit, starting his entire career (191 games) until leaving the gridiron in 2012.
Cole is just the second left tackle in school history to start a game as a freshman and the only one to ever start a season opener. The first time a frosh started for the Wolverines was Bubba Paris. Paris would later go on to become an All-Pro after joining the San Francisco 49ers as the 29th pick (second round) in 1982. He stood with the 49ers until 1990, joining the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions in 1991. He was a member of three 49ers teams that won the Super Bowl. He won the Len Eshmont Award in 1987, as selected by his teammates on the 49ers. With four sons, it is his twin daughters who are the “athletes” of the family. Courtney and Ashley each currently play in the WNBA for the Tulsa Shock and Phoenix Mercury women's basketball teams respectively.
Some other “near” first round misses was unearthed at Michigan, as several of their second round tackles went on to glory. One, Dan Dierdorf, became a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971 and he started 150 times before ending his Hall of Fame career in 1983. Giants fans still recall the power that “Jumbo” Elliott brought to the trench wars, as the 1988 second rounder started 156 times until he hung up his helmet in 2002. Washington also benefitted greatly by taking Jon Jansen in the second round of the 1999 phase. They got 125 starting appearances from their blocker before he retired in 2009.
Cole might be playing alongside a renowned Michigan legacy in 2015, if the young Jon Runyan has any playing skills similar to his father, also named Jon. The elder Runyan was an All-State pick in basketball and two-time state champion shot putter during his high school days before enrolling at Michigan. The 1995 All-Big Ten selection was later taken by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1996 draft. He would start 192-of-207 games during his NFL career that lasted until 2009.
Runyan later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers and when he retired, he was the last active NFL player to have played for the Oilers. In fourteen seasons, he earned one trip to Hawaii, when he participated in the 2003 Pro Bowl following the 2002 NFL season. After retiring, he became the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's Third congressional district from 2011 to 2015.
THE NFL DRAFT REPORT…NOTE-Cole’s evaluation takes into consideration that he moved to center in 2016 and will be analyzed based on that shift, but additional analysis is also discussed here, based on his performance as a left tackle the last two seasons.
BODY STRUCTURE…Cole has good mass and muscle tone throughout his thick frame. He has the thighs, calves and bubble teams look for in an anchor in the middle of the line. His arms have the desired length for a left offensive tackle and he has very good upper body strength and powerful hands, evident by the way he consistently pushes defenders back coming off the snap. He is a broad-shouldered type with good chest thickness. He has a tight midsection, good leg length and looks very athletic for a down lineman (can easily get his pads low, as he does not have the anticipated girth you see in most centers).
ATHLETIC ABILITY…Center/Guard Position…Cole is a competitive athlete who plays with good athleticism that he combines with aggression yet, he is as smart as a chess master and won’t make foolish mistakes. He has a bit of a mauler’s attitude, but gets his hands inside the defender’s jersey quickly. He has very good snap quickness and shows good flexibility and balance on the move. He displays the body control you look for in a center when asking him to reach and shade, along with showing the ability to get his hips around for wall-off activity. He plays on his feet and has the quickness to chip and seal, along with good angle concept when working into the second level to block for the ground game. He uses his loose hips to make plays in space and possesses more than enough strength to turn his man and widen the rush lanes. He is the strongest player on the team and uses his power to his advantage, especially doing a nice job of adjusting to movement in pass protection.
Tackle Position…Cole has natural strength and quickness, as his 40-yard dash clocking of 5.06 is one of the best among 2017 NFL Draft eligible offensive tackles and centers. He shows excellent balance and change of direction flexibility, along with outstanding acceleration when working into the second level. He plays on his feet well, thanks to superb balance and shows the body control to play and adjust in space and pick up blocks on the move down field. He can slide and readjust to mirror edge rushers in pass protection. He also displays the lower body flexibility to drop his pads and anchor firmly vs. stunts and the bull rush. He shows ease of movement accelerating into the second level and excellent change of direction agility to make plays working down the line. He plays with a strong base, keeping his feet wide and pad level low to generate enough explosiveness coming off the snap. He has the lateral range to make adjustments in his pass set. Cole bends his knees with good flexibility and shows that he has the quickness to get out on the edge and seal off the rush (see 2015 Brigham Young, Minnesota and Penn State games). He has the agility to pull and trap with effectiveness from the outside position and displays good hand usage and the redirection skills to mirror on stunts and blitzes.
FOOTBALL SENSE…Center/Guard Position…Cole showed during 2016 spring drills that he has no problem taking plays from the chalk board to the playing field. He is aware of defensive coverage and keeps his head on a swivel to locate and neutralize twists and games. He picks up blocking schemes well and is very good at working in unison with his guards on scoop and fold blocks. He makes proper line calls and it is rare to see him make a mental mistake. Despite his youth, he is perfectly capable of calling blocking assignments up front. It is easy for him to learn and retain plays and he knows all of his line mates’ assignments, doing a good job of making adjustments up front. He is a very low-rep type who does a fine job locating twists and games. He is also a versatile sort, with experience playing both weak-side and strong-side tackle.
Tackle Position…Cole plays with very good awareness in pass protection, as he is quick to locate and pick up games and stunts instantly. He does a nice job chipping to the second level and is very alert on the edge to neutralize pass rushers in space. He has no problems digesting the playbook and deals with the mental aspect of the game well. He is very quick to pick up defensive schemes and has good work ethic. He is the type who shows enough savvy to make blocking calls, if needed.
COMPETITIVENESS…Center/Guard Position…Cole shows toughness with the strength to back it up. He has a passion and effort few centers show in this year’s draft class, as he is the type that is certain to keep all the “youngsters” on the 2016 line in check for the Wolverines, as he knows that the front wall has to be a better job of establishing dominance in hopes for widening the rush lanes for a suspect ground attack. He works hard to finish and is the type that a coach will be confident in his ability to play from snap-to-whistle. Cole is the type that is strictly “old school,” as you will never see him take a play off or throttle down on the field. He shows tremendous passion and effort in the trenches and works hard to leverage and finish. He loves the challenge taking on stunts and schemes, leaving everything he has out on the field.
Tackle Position…Cole is a highly competitive sort who plays with great effort and toughness until the whistle and will not hesitate to go down field and block, playing as if he has a “chip on his shoulder” and that defensive linemen are his mortal enemies. He competes hard in both games and practices and the coaching staff cites his hard work ethic as a reason for him being the first offensive lineman in school history to debut as a starter. He will not hesitate to intimidate an opponent. He is the type that plays until the whistle and keeps his head on a swivel looking for defenders to attack. He consistently finishes and likes to mix it up in the trenches. He has a mauler’s personality and always finishes off his blocks. He works hard to redirect and sustain and will play with pain. In 2015, he displayed more aggression in his game and despite the team’s offensive line’s early season struggles, he never throttled down on the field, playing each down as if it was his last. His epic battle with BYU’s Bronson Kaufusi and more than standing up to the challenge when Penn State threw everything but the “kitchen sink” at him (four defenders failed to penetrate the backfield, despite those Lions all playing on fresh legs), along with dominance in the trenches vs. both Minnesota and Rutgers are evident of his football nature.
INITIAL QUICKNESS…Center/Guard Position…Cole has excellent snap quickness and does a very good job of firing low off the ball with hands ready to do combat on his rise. He shows the flexibility and balance of a Nick Mangold (New York Jets) and has the body control you look for in a tall center when reaching and shading. He has that quick hip snap to get then around when trying to wall off. You can see on film his foot speed when reaching and down blocking. He is also very effective at generating speed needed to chip and reach the second level defenders. He is a fast twitch type that will not have any problems when attempting to lock and load on a nose guard at the next level. Because of his balance and low pad level, Cole can have great success in gaining advantage coming off the snap. He is especially effective executing second level blocks and shows decisive movement in his stance.
Tackle Position…Cole has very good initial quickness for the left tackle position. He is very light on his feet for a player his size and shows the ability to immediately react to movement. He is sudden working to gain position working in-line or when reaching into the second level. He generates explosive pop on contact, especially in pass protection and has that long wing-span that he uses effectively to engulf edge rushers. He gets to top speed quickly and does a very good job of getting up field to neutralize the linebackers. He has nimble feet and excellent redirection agility to make proper body adjustments on the move. He is also very quick to gain hand placement, using his long reach to keep defenders at bay. He shows ease of movement in his kick slide and can really gain a head of steam when he gets moving. When he gains advantage on a defender with his foot speed, he works hard to keep it. He has the short area speed to get up field and shows the strong base to maintain his position when working in-line (see 2015 UNLV, BYU, Minnesota and Rutgers games). He shows very good explosion rising out of his stance, executing that sudden first step needed to leverage the defender for the angle and power drives. He was quick to accelerate up field coming off the snap and demonstrates good consistency getting into position as a run blocker who can easily reach the second level.
LATERAL MOVEMENT…Center/Guard Position…During 2015 spring scrimmages, Cole was surprisingly nimble for a down lineman with his height, evident by his second level angling skills and ability to get out front with good urgency on traps and pulls. He keeps his pads down to prevent bigger defenders from getting into his chest, along with the balance and hand quickness to prevent smaller opponents from attacking his legs. He possesses the loose hips, needed for him to keep his pads down to change direction quickly. He shows good explosion out of his stance to get out front on pulls and traps. His lateral movement skills are evident on combo, cross, fold and scoop blocks. He has above average feet and agility, showing ease of movement redirecting to either side.
Tackle Position…Cole has fluid lateral agility and movement, keeping his feet on pulls and when moving up field. He maintains balance and body control when changing direction and is sudden when having to redirect. You can see the explosiveness in his feet and his lateral flexibility getting through holes when asked to pull. As a sophomore, you could see that he improved his balance and change of direction agility. He appears very light on his feet, especially when sliding in pass protection (see 2015 BYU, Minnesota and Indiana games) and with his wide frame and excellent arm length, he had no problems locking on and riding away edge rushers from the pocket. He does do a good job of getting out in front on screens, taking good angles to neutralize linebackers when leading the ground game around the edge.
BALANCE/STAYS ON HIS FEET…Center/Guard Position…Cole is not a “grass hugger” (he can consistently stay on his feet), as he has that strong anchor and good balance to prevent bull rushers from walking him back into the pocket. He shoots his hands with force, especially when combating in tight areas and does a very nice job of keeping his weight low and centered. With that above average base, he has no problem sliding his feet to maintain, sustain and position. With his strong upper body, he is consistent when attempting to lock out and control. It is very rare to see him expose his chest, but even when he does, his base is strong enough that defenders still can’t knock him off his feet. He has the balance and body control to quickly get position. His balance and foot agility allows him to stay on his blocks. He also displays fluid moves adjusting in space. He can shuffle, slide and adjust with his sharp change of direction skills. The thing I like about him is his ability to keep his weight back and stay in control.
Tackle Position…Cole consistently plays at a low pad level, quickly generating the explosive burst to gain advantage. He is able to cover defenders up, thanks to his long reach and large hands. Even at his size, he shows no problem getting low in his stance to attain proper leverage, displaying excellent knee bend. He plays on his feet well, using his hands to sustain. He plays with steady effort and is a strong, physical finisher. Once he locks on to a defender, he will generally win the battle. Even vs. the bull rush, defenders have a very difficult time attempting to knock him off his base. He always plays with his feet and base wide, which allows him to battle throughout the play. He uses his hands with force to gain position and is a nasty finisher whose hand quickness and placement lets him mirror his man and sustain blocks. Even when he over-extends, he is quick to recover. His body control lets him excel on the pull. It is very rare to see him lunge or fall to the ground, using his long arms to generate solid reach blocks. What impressed scouts most about Cole in 2015 was his ability to get out in front on traps and the quickness he showed working to the second level (see UNLV, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota and Indiana games). He showed the ability to locate targets and drop his weight when executing longer pulls and his body control allows him to adjust to counter moves and make contact in the open field.
EXPLOSION/POP… Center/Guard Position…When Cole keeps his hands inside his frame, he generates a powerful punch. He has very good hip explosion to be highly effective for the running game in moves into the second level. He latches on to a defender with strong hands to control and knows how to maintain balance when trying to pop and slide at the point of contact to sustain his blocks. He simply gets on his opponent in an instant, giving his man no time to set up or execute counter moves (used to be an issue in 2014). He plays with very good functional strength and has outstanding foot quickness to explode into the defender when making contact. With his hip explosion, he is a perfect fit for an inside running game. He does a solid job of rolling his hips and driving defenders working along the line, as he shows good urgency to get into the defender immediately after the snap and plays with above average strength.
Tackle Position…Cole combines his size, strength, body mass and long wingspan to generate very good explosion behind his blocks. He is also an explosive hip roller, playing with properly bent knees that he uses well, along with his strength to push and wall off his man. When he extends his arms and executes his hand punch, his upper body power will see him jolt and control the defender. He will sometimes over-extend and try to maul the opponent, but shows good pop driving into the defender on running plays. He demonstrates good hand usage and above average strength to shock and jolt, but will have to add more bulk to maintain that consistency at the next level. He accelerates quickly coming off the ball and his low pad level lets him get underneath the defender to sustain. He is a very good positional mover who can maul. He uses his hands with force, delivering a solid punch to stymie the bull rush and simply knocks people off balance with his explosion off the snap. He is not the type who will lean and shove, preferring to attack and grind it out until the whistle. His lower body flexibility is superb and he drives off the ball with good urgency. When he makes contact, he hits with thud and good pop. His 2014/15 off-season work in the weight room was evident by the power and violence behind his punch. He has that upper body power to jolt defenders and with his strong hands (and confidence in them), he did a really nice job of locking on and controlling his opponent until the whistle.
RUN BLOCKING…Center/Guard Position…This is the major reason the team moved their best run blocker inside – generate a rush lane and maintain its integrity, two items Cole is more than up to the task to do. During spring drills, he demonstrated the ability to be very strong at the point of attack. He displayed a very good understanding for angles and leverage that a center needs to execute, sliding his feet well on scoop and kick-out blocks. He has the ability to sink his pads and open his hips while maintaining the strong base needed to get movement off the line. Once he locks on to an opponent, he has no problem driving his man out. He has nice road-grading skills with his base blocks when trying to remove first level defenders and good strength in his shoulders to widen and maintain the inside rush lanes. He is a productive blocker inline from his days on the edge, whose balance and leverage allows him to quickly get in the way of a defender. Even when he has to stand up and face up to the larger defensive tackle, he has the hand punch and placement to quickly neutralize his man and maintain the rush lane. When he stays at a low pad level and delivers his strong hand punch, he will consistently gain leverage. He’s had very good success in attempts to get movement vs. the bigger defenders, as he uses his hand placement and base to maintain position and sustain. He gets a very good surge and movement coming off the line and displays excellent balance and feet working into the second level. He is savvy enough to know when he can get under the defender’s pads, doing a nice job of sliding his feet to maintain leverage.
Tackle Position…Cole comes off the snap with a hard surge and good leg drive, possessing the feet to stay on his blocks and sustain. He is a good upper body blocker who shuffles his feet well. As a zone blocker, he has more than enough strength to move out level-one defenders. Once he gains position off the snap, he has the strength to wall off. He has a good concept for taking proper angles to cut off second level opponents and shows outstanding ability leading on long pulls. He is still more comfortable working in space, as he shows better explosion getting out to search and neutralize linebackers, but has the leg drive and lateral movement to be quite effective maintaining rush lane integrity. In 2015 (see BYU, Rutgers and Florida games), he showed very good hand usage in attempts to scope, sustain and make reach blocks. He plays on his feet and battles throughout the play. He gets very good hip roll, which lets him be more physical and aggressive coming off the snap. He sets his base a little high at times when blocking in-line, but generally does a solid job of using his size to maul and take over on blocks. If he locks on to a defender, he will generally win the battle. He can drive with good initial force, but is best when accelerating to get to the second level. Last season, Cole was very good at using his quickness to explode off the snap. He has the power to deliver pop on contact and the leg drive to generate movement. He adjusts well on the move and is that rare blocker with the speed to pull and reach the second level. He also showed the ability to take angles when blocking down field.
PASS BLOCKING…Center/Guard Position…With his size and power, it is safe to say that Cole will not have any problems protecting the quarterback, even with a defender lined up over his head. He shows a very strong pass set and good balance, along with the athletic agility to recover when beaten, along with the solid anchor to maintain position at the point of attack. He also has excellent vision, evident by the plays he has made when the quarterback has a turnover. Cole does a nice job of keeping his weight back, staying square so he can slide and adjust to change of direction. He can anchor vs. the bull rush and shows great alertness to tricks. The thing you notice on spring film is his good feet and lateral agility. He can slide and mirror defenders, using his hand placement to defeat swim moves. He shows a good base set to pop and drop, quick hand usage upon initial contact and tenacity in his play. He plays flat-footed with good knee bend to deliver the full force behind his hand jolt.
Tackle Position…While Cole is aggressive, he does have some issues with counter moves, and needs to use his foot quickness to stay in front of the speedy edge rushers. He will shuffle his feet and slide back with ease when taking on edge rushers on the short side of the field, thanks to staying square and balanced while keeping his pad level low. However, when he gets over-extended, he does not generate a strong anchor, despite having good field vision to recover vs. double moves. He is quick to pivot in attempts to counter the speed rush, as he shows good urgency getting to his reach point. He uses his long arms effectively in attempts to extend and lock on to the defender’s jersey. He has the speed to mirror and square up with an opponent, as his strong anchor lets him maintain position when trying to neutralize the pass rush charge, but despite those flashes of good traits, there are moments when he gets too comfortable with his edge blocking and will revert to dropping his head some (see 2015 Maryland, Northwestern games). With his lateral quickness, he should have no problems when trying to slide and readjust. Cole plays with good awareness and has the flexibility along with functional lower body strength to anchor. He has the active feet and balance in his kick slide, along with the long arms to simply engulf edge rushers, but must improve some footwork lapses when working in-line, as he can have some lapses when he sets up too wide.
PULLING/TRAPPING …Center/Guard Position…If the coaches do decide to move Cole to center permanently in 2015, he could be quite effective angling and stalking second level defenders. He has the flexibility and balance to snap and lead the charge on screens, showing good knee bend to strike in space and the hand placement to sustain after contact. He plays on his feet and is one of those powerful centers with an above average base. He is very light with his feet to pull and run down the line of scrimmage and is a highly effective combo blocker, showing that rare ability to pop a defender at the first level and then use his agility to execute a crunching second level block. He comes out of his stance with good balance, especially excelling when he impacts on the edge in attempts to turn and seal.
Tackle Position…Cole’s quickness suggests that the coaching staff would be better off find more ways to using him on pulls as an interior blocker. He is an athletic blocker who is smooth in his movement getting into the second level. He has the body control to execute blocks in space and plays with a strong base that makes it very difficult for the defender to get him off his feet. His quickness coming out of his stance and outstanding body control allows him to make fluid adjustments working in space, making him an ideal lead blocker on long pulls and playing down field. There is great ease of movement in his hips when changing direction. He has more than enough balance to stay on his feet on the move. He adjusts well to pick up stunts when working in-line and shows very good explosiveness to get out and make plays in space (will have some lapses vs. counter moves, at times, though). His change of direction agility lets him make good contact on the move, especially when he attempts to neutralize linebackers.
ADJUST ON THE LINEBACKER DOWNFIELD…Center/Guard Position…If Cole can match or better his nine second level blocks in 2015 this season, that would be a nice total for a pivot blocker. He has more than enough strength to lock on, along with the nimble feet to mirror the linebackers. You can see he uses his body control with effectiveness when bumping two-tech types and the ability to climb with flexibility and balance when striking in space. He is also agile enough to slide his feet to sustain when walling off. When he locates his target, he excels at staying on the defender and making the cut-off.
Tackle Position…Cole is capable of getting on top of the linebackers, as he will use his long arms to engulf and his strength to pancake them in the open. He has good hip swerve that he uses to adjust and make contact when delivering open field blocks. He has the balance and foot speed to get in front of the charge on pulls and roll-outs, taking proper angles to get into the second level. He is always looking for linebackers to attack. He shows great ease of movement in space and has the body control and base to get position and keep it. He takes proper angles to cut off and when he wheels on the linebacker, he will quickly neutralize the opponent. He is very alert when working in space and likes to use his hands with force to shock and jolt. In 2015, Cole did a nice job of adjusting his feet on the move and it was rare to see him fall off his blocks or be on the ground (see 2015 UNLV, BYU and Minnesota games). He demonstrates proper knee bend and balance to bump off the defensive end when used on the stretch play and also is effective climbing the wall to attack the linebackers when working in-line.
USE OF HANDS/PUNCH…Center/Guard Position…Cole showed during spring scrimmages that he can punch donuts into a chest of a defender when his opponent gets too high in his stance. He has very quick hand placement to control the defender on running plays and is a strong puncher in pass protection. He is also savvy enough to know when to extend for lock-on and steering purposes in the aerial game. He shows an explosive and forceful hand punch on the rise. He plays with leverage and can immediately get control of the defender with his proper hand placement, effectively grabbing and gaining control.
Tackle Position…Cole has the hand strength to stun and control defenders with his hand punch, but needs to develop better technique in getting underneath the defender and reacting to counter moves (see 2015 Northwestern and Maryland games). He has made good strides using his hands to lock on and grab. He has the long arms to pressure and keep rush ends at bay, using his strength and pop on contact to jolt and control the opponent, but will lose some sustain ability when a defender gets a good push off his inside shoulder. When he attacks a defender with his hand punch, he will generally neutralize him. He will get a little reckless at times and take long arm swipes, causing the defender to slip off his blocks, but shows enough redirection agility to recover. He has made good improvement in resetting his hands, getting proper separation when doing so. He is more of a punch-&-shock type, but is also learning how to use his hands better to control. He has that natural upper body strength and violent hand punch to jolt the defender and, but as a tackle, he has some lapses keeping his hands inside to control his man when setting up in pass protection.
REACTIONS/AWARENESS…Center/Guard Position…Cole knows when to move his feet, slide his hips and maintain a solid base. He is alert and quick to secure position vs. twists and games, as he has the nimble feet to mirror. For a center, he does a nice job of getting out on the edge to impact a defensive end, thanks to his body control and balance when sliding. He has great field vision, doing a nice job with his feet to adjust with his lateral kick and slide. He is alert to movement and change of direction along the line and reacts well to stunts and twists. The coaches call him the “complete package” at center, with great intelligence and technique, tremendous vision and a terrific sense of his surroundings. He plays through the whistle on every down and is a team-first player who should hold the key to the Wolverines’ blocking schemes. He consistently plays flat-footed, doing a nice job of adjusting to schemes, as he has that instinctive feel for the flow of the play.
Tackle Position…Cole is a quick-footed athlete who is quick to recover when caught out of position and shows good urgency and vision to handle twists and games, but must keep his hands in better position vs. counter moves. He is very natural reacting and executing blocks on the move. His foot speed lets him get to his reach point and cut off edge rushers (except when they get a bead on his inside shoulder) and he displays good body control when readjusting to movement. He does a good job of shuffling his feet. When he gets too tall in his stance, he can get caught out of position (will lunge and fail to recover), but when he stays square, he maintains good balance. He does a nice job of picking up stunts and blitzes with his balance and foot speed. He just needs to demonstrate better ability to slide and readjust when working off the edge vs. defenders with highly active hands. He could use a bit of refinement shuffling his feet to react quicker to the blitz, but even when he overextends, he showed the balance to move his feet to get into position to protect the pocket in pass protection. He still needs to “see the big picture” quicker playing on an island, but he does a good job of recovering and holding his ground.
COMPARES TO…NICK MANGOLD-New York Jets…If the Wolverines leave Cole in the pivot, he could be a dominant force. Like Mangold, he is a tenacious, aggressive, yet smart and instinctive blocker. He might not have the 330-pound frame some teams look for in the pivot, but few centers in this game have the foot quickness, balance and change of direction agility he possesses. His hand punch consistently keeps his defenders off-balance and has that raw strength needed to leverage and sustain, but moving him in-line should eliminate some issues he had vs. counter moves during one-on-one battles on an island. He takes sound angles blocking for the running game and has no problems resetting his feet to absorb the bull rush. He plays with classic “warrior” nastiness, but also has the quickness to easily gain advantage on a slower defensive lineman.
CAREER NOTES…Cole enters his junior season projected to start at center…He is the first offensive lineman in school history to debut for the Wolverines as a starter and he enters the 2016 schedule boasting a consecutive starting string of twenty-five contests.
CAREER NOTES...Cole became the first offensive lineman in school history to debut for the Wolverines as a starter and he currently boasts a consecutive starting string of thirty-one contests…In his last nineteen games (start of 2015), Cole has registered an 89.84% blocking consistency grade, posting 158 knockdowns, 46 touchdown-resulting blocks and twenty blocks down field.
THE MICHIGAN ALL-AMERICAN HISTORY AT THE CENTER POSITION
Legendary coaches, Paul Brown and Chuck Noll, felt that in order to build a solid organization, you need to have a dominant, attacking-mode like center, a man in the pivot that is not only savvy enough to teach others the “tricks of the trade” but to also be alert to their surroundings, especially when it comes to protecting the pocket.
Perhaps it is fitting that the University of Michigan’s first ever All-American happened to play the center position. In fact, to date, there have been fifteen times that a center from the university was selected for that prestigious honor. The first was William Cunningham in 1898, followed by Germany Schultz (1907), Henry Vick (1921), Jack Blott (1923), Robert Brown (1925) and Maynard Morrison (1931). They were joined by the only U-M two-time winner, Charles Bernard (1932-33), but it was not until 1977 (Walt Downing) that the next Michigan center would be selected to the national squad.
The Lloyd Carr era also saw centers George Lilja (1980), Tom Dixon (1983) and John Vitale (1988) receive All-American accolades. Rod Payne joined that postseason list in 1996 and David Baas was a 2004 selection. The last center to receive such honors was David Molk in 2011. Of this crop of pivot performers, Germany Schulz (1951) and ernie Vick (1983) were selected to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.
2016 SEASON...Despite having never played the position at the collegiate level, Cole is rated the best center in the college ranks by The NFL Draft Report, as he was also selected to that scouting information service’s preseason All-American and All-Big Ten Conference teams…Once considered a “dark-horse” favorite to capture the Rimington Trophy, given annually to college football’s top performer at center, Cole quickly established himself as a dominant force on the front wall, evident by the tremendous success by the Wolverines offense through their first six games…Despite two position changes on the offensive line, the front wall has allowed just nine sacks and thirteen quarterback pressures through the first six games on the schedule…The 2015 team averaged 29.5 points through their first six games, but this unit is averaging 50.0 points…The 2015 team averaged 201.33 yards per game on the ground, compiling fifteen touchdowns during their first six appearances while the current squad is averaging 255.0 yards per game and has reached the end zone twenty-five times… Last season, through the first six contests, Michigan averaged 189.17 aerial yards per game, as they completed 60.06% of their throws (106-of-175) with five touchdowns and six interceptions. The 2016 version is averaging 215.0 yards passing while accounting for twelve touchdowns…Among current major college centers, Cole’s average of 12.17 key blocks/knockdowns per game leads the nation…Through six games, the junior has delivered a total of 73 key blocks/knockdowns that include fourteen touchdown-resulting blocks for the ground game, four more for the aerial attack and eleven second level blocks, giving him a blocking consistency grade of 96.33%, tops for any blocker in the Big Ten Conference and the leading figure for any interior blocker (guard, center) in the collegiate ranks.
COLE 2016 SEASON GAME ANALYSIS
Hawaii…The Wolverines’ 60-point margin of victory was the program's largest since 1975, as the offense encountered little trouble in its 2016 opener, dispatching Hawaii, 63-3 to mark the program's largest margin of victory in any game since 1975…In his first contest at center, Cole delivered thirteen key blocks/knockdowns while paving the way for a running unit that amassed 306 of the team’s total of 512 yards…Wilton Speight got the start at quarterback and overcame a turnover on the first play of the season to have a solid season debut, completing 10-of-13 attempts for 145 yards and three touchdowns…Behind Cole’s block-assignment calling, the front wall helped freshman Chris Evans turn heads in his first game, carrying eight times for 112 yards and a pair of scores. He is the third true freshman running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards in his collegiate debut, joining Chris Perry (2000) and Walter Cross (1998)…Speight’s 12-yard touchdown toss to Grant Perry was set up earlier in that 11-play, 98-yard march, as Cole fired off the snap to deliver a fold block on defensive tackle Kory Rasmussen, clearing an inside rush lane used by receiver Jehu Chesson for a 15-yard gain on an end-around snap…Cole pulled to the right side of the field as Chris Evans follo0wed before the tailback cut back inside to pick up 21 yards on a carry. The drive ended two plays later, as Speight found Amara Darboh with a 5-yard scoring lob…In what first appeared to be a 2-to-3-yard loss on a carry by Chris Evans, it turned into a 9-yard first down, as Cole alertly retreated into the backfield to prevent weak-side linebacker Russell Williams from capturing the tailback before Evans to redirect to the left side. A fly-sweep by Eddie McDoom around his center tacked on fifteen more yards during that second quarter series, getting the ball into the red zone, where Evans’ number was then called. The ball carrier took the handoff and on a power sweep to the left side, he trailed behind as Cole locked up defensive end Samiuela Akoteu, safety Trayvon Henderson and linebacker Russell Williams before Evans dove for the left pylon and an 18-yard touchdown… Coming out of his stance, Cole simply mowed down defensive tackle Zeno Choi, creating a huge rush lane that Evans instantly spotted, turning on the burners to race 43 yards up the middle of the field for a touchdown to begin second half action…Late in the third quarter, Cole and the rest of the first unit were replaced, but reserve quarterback John O'Korn, but it did not slow the offense down any. He put together a 10-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run from full-back Khalid Hill…Primary Blocking Assignment-DT#75-Kory Rasmussen (6:02-297)-One assisted tackle; DT#99-Zeno Choi (6:03-266)-No tackles; WOLB#44-Russell Williams (6:01-233)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded thirteen key blocks/knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 99% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 17-of-20 passes (85.00%) for 206 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 306 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries (7.85 ypc), as they gained 512 yards on a total of 59 plays (8.68 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed no sacks, four stops for losses totaling nine yards and no quarterback pressures, as no tackles-for-loss were charged to their starting center.
Central Florida…Cole’s excellence was evident as the Michigan offense finished the game having not committed a penalty in 141 plays over the first two games of the season. During the first two contests on the 2015 schedule, Michigan had amassed thirteen penalties for 140 yards in losses. The new starting center delivered a dozen key blocks for the afternoon, as quarterback Wilton Speight threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, two each to Jake Butt and Amara Darboh…When Jamiyus Pittman exploded off the snap, intent on attacking the Wolverines quarterback before he could scan the field on a third-&-goal play, Cole simply used his “big mitts” to lock on to the nose guard and drive the Knights defender to the ground. Speight then had time to locate tight end Jake Butt near the right corner of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown to begin the game’s scoring action…The center changed the blocking assignments near the goal line and angled over after the snap to neutralize defensive end Joey Conners who was stunting in-line. The center shoved the opponent to the ground and charged forward into the end zone as fullback Khalid Hill would follow for a 3-yard touchdown near the end of the opening frame…Cole again spotted a stunt by Pittman and followed the nose guard along the line before flattening his opponent and turning up field to clear room in the second level for a 16-yard run by Eddie McDoom to the UCF 9-yard marker late in the first quarter. That drive would stall during the early moments of the second stanza, as Michigan would settle for a 24-yard field goal to increase their lead to 24-0 with just 44 minutes to play…After protecting Speight on three pass completions that totaled 60 yards, the ball was nestled at the UCF 1-yard line. Fullback Khalid Hill would get the call and he took off behind Cole, who blasted two defenders off the line of scrimmage before giving one last emphatic hand shove that rocked defensive end Trysten Hill back on his heels during that 1-yard touchdown run…Primary Blocking Assignment-NG#5-Jamiyus Pittman (6:00-2990-No tackles; DE#91-Trysten Hill (6:01-260)-One solo tackle; DE#91-Joey Conners (6:01-288)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded twelve key blocks/knockdowns with two touchdown-resulting blocks for the ground game and another for the passing attack, as he posted two down field blocks and graded 98% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 27-of-41 passes (65.85%) for 328 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries (2.90 ypc), as they gained 447 yards on a total of 82 plays (5.45 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed two sacks for minus 12 yards, eight stops for losses totaling 34 yards and three quarterback pressures, as no tackles-for-loss were charged to their starting center.
Colorado…Michigan trailed 14-0 and 21-7 in the first quarter but outscored Colorado, 38-7, thereafter. The Buffs scored first and then capitalized on a fumble they recovered after Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight was blindsided on a hit coming over his right tackle, as Colorado scooped up the ball for another touchdown. Cole delivered eight knockdowns in a fierce battle with massive 333-pound nose guard Josh Tupou…Cole and his front wall cleared out the right side of the Buffs’ defensive line as Wilton Speight connected with Jake Butt on a 21-yard catch that the tight end downed at the Colorado 17. From there, receiver Jehu Chesson took the ball on the reverse, cutting to the left side of the field for the final 17 yards into the end zone…Faster than a NASA rocket, there was Cole flying into the second level as flanker Amara Darboh took a short pass and cut back to the left side of the field. After Cole had stalked weak-side linebacker Cameron Brown, he spun around and flattened middle linebacker Brandon Smith, also causing safety Nick Scott to join the pile, as Darboh raced by for a 45-yard catch-&-run touchdown just before halftime…On a toss play to De’Veon Smith, Cole reached into the second level, taking down inside linebacker Kenneth Olugbode to spring the tailback for a 42-yard scamper down the left sidelines for a touchdown to begin second half action…Cole baited Tupou to jump offside and the penalty would spark a 10-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a toss play to Ty Isaac for a 1-yard touchdown near the end of the third frame… Topou was credited with an assisted sack of Speight, but it was actually backside pressure from linebacker Jimmie Gilbert that sealed the deal, with Topou merely reaching his hand out to lend support after Speight hit the ground…Michigan combined for 159 total points over its first three games of the 2016 season -- the most over that stretch in program history. The Wolverines surpassed 100 or more points in the first three games of the season on 12 occasions since 1892… Michigan's two-touchdown comeback against Colorado represents the 14th time that U-M has overcome a deficit of 14 points or more -- and the first since rallying from a similar 21-7 deficit at Connecticut in 2013. Michigan's largest comeback victory followed a 21-point hole at Minnesota in 2003…Primary Blocking Assignment-NG#58-Josh Topou (6:03-333)-One assisted sack for a 2-yard loss…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded eight key blocks/knockdowns with two touch-down-resulting blocks for the ground game and another for the passing attack, posting a pair of blocks down field while grading 96% for blocking consistency... Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 16-of-30 passes (53.33%) for 229 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries (4.10 ypc), as they gained 397 yards on a total of 82 plays (4.84 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed three sacks for minus 22 yards, six stops for losses totaling 33 yards and no quarterback pressures, as just an assisted tackle-for-loss was charged to their starting center.
Penn State…Behind a highly impressive fourteen key blocks/ knockdowns from their new center, the Wolverines outgained Penn State, 515-199, and jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead, keeping the Nittany Lions to only 50 total yards in the first half. Five different Michigan players recorded rushing touchdowns: De'Veon Smith, Karan Higdon, Ty Isaac, Chris Evans and Khalid Hill. Together, U-M ran for 326 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry…After tripping up Parker Cothren on a third-&-3 pass completion from Wilton Speight to Khalid Hill for a 15-yard first down, Michigan faced fourth-&-goal during their game-opening 7-play drive. A handoff to Hill saw the fullback barrel over Cole, as the center simply crushed the Penn State defensive tackle (Cothren) into the ground with a little over six minutes into the contest…Teaming with left guard Ben Braden, Cole and his fellow line mate attacked Kevin Givens, driving the defensive tackle into a pair of linebackers to pave the way for a 2-yard touchdown run by De’Veon Smith during the team’s next possession…After Penn State middle linebacker Brandon Smith was ejected from the game for targeting, Cole “introduced” his replacement to the game. Speight dropped back to pass and his pump fake baited Jan Johnson to attack the line of scrimmage, where he was met and neutralized by Cole. That left a gaping hole in the middle of the end zone, where Johnson’s coverage assignment, tight end Devin Asiasi, pulled down the lob from his quarterback for a 3-yard touchdown early in the second quarter…Two deep pass completions by Speight had the team first-&-goal at the Penn State 2-yard line just before halftime. With Karan Higdon getting the call, the tailback went behind his center, as Cole took down defensive end Evan Schwan with a log block to conclude that 80-yard, 13-play march…Michigan has combined for 208 total points over its first four games of the 2016 season -- the most over that stretch in program history…The last time Michigan scored 40 or more points in each of its first four games was 1947 -- Michigan State (55-0), Stanford (49-13), Pittsburgh (69-0) and Northwestern (49-21)…U-M posted four 40-plus games over the last two seasons combined -- a span of 25 games. The Wolverines boast four through four games this year…Primary Blocking Assignment-DT#30-Kevin Givens (6:01-278)-Two solo tackles; DT#41-Parker Cothren (6:04-297)-No tackles; DE#94-Evan Schwan (6:06-263)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded fourteen key blocks/ knockdowns with three touchdown-resulting blocks for the ground game and another for the passing attack, posting one block down field while grading 96% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 21-of-35 passes (60.00%) for 189 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, rushing for 326 yards and six touchdowns on 49 carries (6.65 ypc), as they gained 515 yards on a total of 84 plays (6.13 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed no sacks, five stops for losses totaling 10 yards and four quarterback pressures, as no tackles-for-loss were charged to their starting center.
Wisconsin…Cole did not reach his customary double-digit knockdown figure, but he did more than enough to neutralize the Badgers front wall as the 14-7 score marked Michigan's first win over a top-10 opponent since September 2008 (27-25 over Wisconsin). Amara Darboh caught the go-ahead touchdown with 7:56 left and Jourdan Lewis made an acrobatic, one-handed interception with 2:23 left to seal the game. The Wolverines led Wisconsin in total yards (349-159), first downs (21-8) and time of possession (35:41-24:19)…After gaining 108 yards with six first downs during first quarter action, the Wolverines mounted an 11-play, 77-yard drive to begin the second stanza. On first-&-goal, Khalid Hill was called upon and the fullback powered his way into the end zone from a yard out, with Cole leading the charge. The center fired low off the snap, leaving both linebacker Garret Dooley and nose tackle Olive Sagapolu to only sit back and observe as six points went up on the scoreboard…Primary Blocking Assignment-NG#65-Olive Sagapolo (6:03-344)-Three tackles (2 solos); NG#93-Garrett Rand (6:02-274)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded nine key blocks/ knock-downs with one touchdown-resulting block for the ground game and two blocks in the second level, grading 90% for blocking consistency... Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 20-of-32 passes (62.50%) for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception, rushing for 130 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries (2.95 ypc), as they gained 349 yards on a total of 76 plays (4.59 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed four sacks for minus 32 yards, six stops for losses totaling 35 yards and three quarterback pressures, as no tackles-for-loss were charged to their starting center.
Rutgers…In the program's third-largest margin of victory in program history, Cole registered an amazing seventeen knockdowns/key blocks, even though the first unit was off the field by the mid stages of the third quarter in this 78-0 romp. Offensively, Michigan ran for 481 yards (Chris Evans had a team-high 153) and nine touchdowns, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt. Behind an offense that generated nearly 500 rushing yards and a defense that held the opposition to just two first downs, Michigan smashed Rutgers as the Wolverines got whatever it wanted in the running game…The Wolverines’ 78-point margin of victory is the largest in Big Ten history, for any conference game, topping Wisconsin's 83-20 victory over Indiana in 2010 and Ohio State's 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the conference title game in 2014…Six different players scored touchdowns for U-M during tonight's game: Khalid Hill (three), Jehu Chesson, Karan Higdon (two), Jabrill Peppers (two), Ty Isaac (two) and Bobby Henderson. Three quarterbacks saw game action for U-M tonight: Wilton Speight, John O'Korn and Shane Morris, in addition to Peppers getting ample carries from direct snaps under center…After delivering a glancing block on defensive tackle Darius Hamilton, Cole fired out into the second level to stalk strong safety Anthony Cioffi while creating a crease used by Jabrill Peppers on a direct snap from his center for a 63-yard scamper to the Rutgers 4-yard line. That set up first-&-goal for Ty Isaac and the tailback delivered on a 4-yard run for a score…From there, the rout was on. Peppers appeared to run a punt back for a touchdown after the ensuing Rutgers possession, but it was called back due to a penalty. The offense regrouped and executed, though, as Jehu Chesson ended that drive with a diving catch in the end zone for six. Cole opened an inside hole for Isaac to run for 12 yards, setting up a pass play from Wilton Speight to Chesson for a 30-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead after the game’s first ten minutes…Tailback Chis Evans used a devastating second level block by Cole that took out Cioffi and cornerback Isaiah Wharton while the tailback followed his center up the middle for a 43-yard gain to the Rutgers 1-yard line. Khalid Hill was then called upon to get the final yard and touchdown early in the second quarter…On fourth-&-goal, Cole took the legs out from under defensive tackle Darius Hamilton with a fold block and Hill would again score on a 1-yard plunge over his center to stake Michigan to a 36-0 lead with 7:18 left in the first half…The first unit would observe most of the second half action from the sidelines…Primary Blocking Assignment-NG#51-Sebastian Joseph (6:04-302)-One solo tackle; DT#91-Darius Hamilton (6:03-286)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded a career-high seventeen key blocks/knockdowns with four touchdown-resulting blocks for the ground game and another for the passing attack, posting three down field blocks while grading 99% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 8-of-16 passes (50.00%) for 119 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 481 yards and nine touchdowns on 56 carries (8.59 ypc), as they gained 600 yards on a total of 72 plays (8.33 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed no sacks, three stops for losses totaling seven yards and three quarterback pressures, as no tackles-for-loss were charged to their starting center.
2015 SEASON...Cole earned All-Big Ten Conference second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report and garnered honorable mention in that same category from the league’s coaches and media…He extended his consecutive starting string to twenty-five games, as the left tackle also saw several snaps of action on the right side…While the Wolverines struggled to establish their ground game, they did manage to average 395.92 yards per game in total offense, including an average of 237.69 aerial yards…The left tackle registered a blocking consistency grade of 86.85%, recording marks of 90% or better seven appearances, including five in his final six contests…Produced 85 key blocks/ knock-downs, including touchdown-resulting blocks on 21-of-27 scoring runs and eight more for a passing attack that reached the end zone 21 times…Added nine down field blocks and also recovered a fumble to keep a drive alive vs. Ohio State…The offense line struggled early in the season, but the front unit allowed only eighteen quarterback sacks and fourteen pressures through thirteen games, a marked improvement from the 2014 offensive line that yielded 25 sacks and 25 hurries in twelve games…Cole was flagged three times, including one clipping penalty (UNLV) and one personal foul (Ohio State), but held his blocking assignments to 4.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses of 28 yards and two quarterback pressures on 415 pass plays…By coming up with key blocks responsible for 77.78% of the team’s touchdown runs, that was the highest percentage for any Big Ten performer at the demanding left tackle position (Michigan State’s Jack Conklin was second, posting a 70% rate 14-of-20 touchdowns, in games played).
2015 SEASON GAME ANALYSIS
Utah…The University of Michigan football team opened up the 2015 season by playing its first-ever game in the state of Utah in front of a record crowd, but they came up short, 24-17, against the host Utes inside Rice-Eccles Stadium.. While new starting quarterback, Iowa graduate transfer Jake Rudock stayed on his feet all night, as the U-M offensive line did not surrender a single sack during the contest, he was also intercepted three times and could not get in rhythm with his impressive array of wide receivers.
Oregon State…Michigan scored 35 unanswered points to defeat Oregon State, 35-7, during the home coaching debut of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan Stadium…With their left tackle delivering seven knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, tailback De'Veon Smith had a career day on the ground with 23 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns…Cole crushed strong-side linebacker David Henry to clear a rush lane used by Smith for a 10-yard gain. The left tackle then executed a reach block that drove defensive end Titus Failauga away from the pocket, giving quarterback Jake Ruddock time to complete a fourth-&-5 pass to Smith for 20 yards before he was tackled inside the OSU 10-yard marker. That would set up the ball carrier’s 1-yard scoring run around the right side of the line to complete a 69-yard, 12-play second quarter series…Cole continued to wear down the Beavers defensive front, twice pushing his assignment, Titus Failauga at least five yards off the line, which led to gains of 12- and seven yards by Smith late in the third quarter. The drive would continue as fourth quarter action began and on a second-&-4 snap, Cole and his left guard drove low out of their pads to stall the Oregon State defenders long enough for Smith to cut back inside for an 8-yard touchdown run that staked the Wolverines to a 28-7 lead…On a 12-yard run by Derrick Green, Cole fired off the snap to take down Failauga before playing off that block to stalk strong safety Brandon Arnold while the tailback slashed past the two players for a first down. That would spark a 14-play, 73-yard drive that Cole would finish by delivering a scramble block, blasting into the pile to drive middle linebacker Rommel Mageo clear into the end zone, with Green ending that march via a 2-yard scoring burst behind his left tackle…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#93-Titus Failauga (6:03-258)-Four tackles (2 solos), one stop for a 1-yard loss; DE#95-Baker Pritchard (6:03-257)-No tackles, one forced fumble…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded seven key blocks/ knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 86% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 18-of-26 passes (69.23%) for 180 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, rushing for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries (4.69 ypc), as they gained 405 yards on a total of 74 plays (5.47 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed one sack for minus 17 yards, three stops for losses totaling 21 yards and no quarterback pressures, as one tackle-for-loss was charged to their left tackle.
Nevada-Las Vegas…For the second consecutive game, the University of Michigan football team used a strong rushing attack (254 yards, three touchdowns) and a stout defense to race past UNLV, 28-7, inside Michigan Stadium. Cole made up for a clipping penalty with key blocks on three touchdown drives and USC transfer tailback, Ty Isaac led the ground game, totaling 114 yards on eight carries, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that was the result of a bone-jarring block delivered by the Wolverines left tackle…Tailback De’Veon Smith scored on a 5-yard lob from quarterback Jake Ruddock towards the right side of the end zone, but it was Cole using his “big mitts” to attack the inside shoulder of Sonny Sanitoa to ride the defensive end away from the pocket that allowed the pass to be completed for the first points on the board for the day with just six minutes into the contest…Michigan resorted to a little misdirection for its second touchdown. One play after a reverse by Darboh netted four yards, Rudock handed off to senior wide receiver Jehu Chesson on a jet sweep, and he took it 36 yards down the sideline for six. On the quick pitch to Darboh in the backfield, Cole pulled to the right side of the field, taking down defensive tackle Dominic Baldwin as the Michigan receiver took the reverse to the UNLV 36. On the next snap, Michigan again went to a receiver as a ball carrier, with Chesson taking the ball around his left tackle, as Cole shoved Sanitoa into linebacker Ryan McAleenan to give the 6:03 flanker clear sailing into the end zone for a 14-0 lead at the start of the second quarter…While the Wolverines did not establish their running game by using their tailbacks in 2015, perhaps they might look into giving their wide receivers more opportunities to tote the sphere out of the backfield. For the third time vs. the Rebels, it was a Michigan wide-out who made a big play on a rushing attempt. USC transfer Ty Isaac’s U-M debut saw him take a pitchout and fly through the crease that Cole created by flattening two UNLV defenders, racing down the left sidelines for a 76-yard touchdown to end a 4-play, 90-yard march, midway through the second stanza. For the afternoon, the Wolverines tallied 254 yards with three scores on 39 carries, as their receivers generated 154 yards and two of those touchdowns on ten attempts…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#93-Sonny Sanitoa (6:03-266)-Two solo tackles; DT#68-Tuli Fakauho (6:01-330)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded six key blocks/knockdowns, three touchdown-resulting blocks (two on running plays) and one block down field, but was penalized once (clipping), grading 93% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 14-of-25 passes (56.00%) for 123 yards, one touchdown and one interception, rushing for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries (6.51 ypc), as they gained 377 yards on a total of 64 plays (5.89 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed no sacks, two stops for losses totaling four yards and no quarterback pressures, but none were charged to their left tackle.
Brigham Young…Cole made his presence known from the first snap, finishing with seven knockdowns while paving the way on a very impressive four touchdown drives. Yes, a dominating Michigan defensive performance helped the team win its third consecutive game, trampling then 22nd-ranked BYU, 31-0, inside Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines manhandled the visitors from the get-go, tabulating all their points on five consecutive drives in the first half while allowing only 105 total yards and eight first downs. Among the offensive standouts was junior running back De'Veon Smith, who ran 16 times for 125 yards and a touchdown before leaving midway through the third quarter due to an ankle injury. At halftime, Smith nearly had twice as many rushing yards (117) as BYU had in total yards (62). Graduate student quarterback Jake Rudock was 14-of-25 for 194 yards and a passing touchdown -- completing passes to nine different receivers -- while also adding two rushing touchdowns…On Michigan’s second play during their second possession of the game, Cole kept his pads low to fire into defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, creating a crease that De’Veon slashed through to turn on the burners along the left sideline for a 31-yard gain. The BYU defender would be neutralized all day by the Michigan left tackle, as he held the Cougar to a lone assisted tackle (defender made another stop at the opposite end of the field). Kaufusi finished the 2014 season as BYU’s leader with seven sacks, 11.5 stops-for-loss and seven quarterback pressures and he would record eleven sacks and twenty tackles behind the line of scrimmage before the 2015 schedule concluded, but on this day, it was Cole who emerged as the obvious winner from their one-on-one battle. Kaufusi was no match for the sophomore left tackle, twice hitting the turf from jarring hand punches as Michigan completed third-down pass plays for 21- and 19-yard first downs that placed the ball at the BYU 1-yard marker. That would set up a 3-yard scoring scamper by Rudock, as he slipped into the right corner of the end zone while Cole and his line-mates shoved the Cougars first wall out of the way. It would be the eleventh consecutive time that Michigan had scored inside the red zone through the first four games on the 2015 schedule (nine touchdowns, two field goals)…Michigan added to their red zone success early in the second quarter. Rudock rolled to the left side, where Cole quickly slipped back and retreated to pick up the blitz, latching on to and ride rush end away from his quarterback, who located Amara Darboh in the end zone and hit the split end with a 4-yard scoring lob to cap a 10-play, 90-yard drive…The Cougars were anticipating a pass and stunted over the left side of the Michigan line, sending both of their defensive end – Kaufusi and Graham Rowley – over Cole’s area, but the left tackle used his wingspan to engulf both opponents. In what appeared to be the Cougars stuffing the play, Smith took the handoff instead of seeing Ruddock pass. The tailback’s forward progress was stalled, that is, until he saw Cole widening a rush lane, cutting though it and then high-stepping a few would be tacklers en route to a 60-yard touchdown jaunt that staked Michigan to a 21-0 lead…The Michigan quarterback might owe his left tackle a big dinner after Cole’s performance during the first half. Rudock, whose longest gain through his first three games as a Wolverine was a 9-yarder, scored for the second time vs. the Cougars on a 17-yard bolt before halftime. The sophomore tackle had spotted a blitz by Fred Warner, but he raced to the edge and cut off the strong-side linebacker. Rudock, who was looking downfield for an open receiver, instead saw the left side of the field “naked” and took off on a bootleg to increase the team’s lead to 28-0…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#90-Bronson Kaufusi (6:08-287)-One assisted tackle; DE#48-Tomasi Laulile (6:04-282)-One solo tackle…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded seven key blocks/knockdowns, four touchdown-resulting blocks (three on running plays), grading a season-high 97% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 14-of-25 passes (56.00%) for 194 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, rushing for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries (4.98 ypc), as they gained 448 yards on a total of 76 plays (5.89 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed two sacks for minus 15 yards, seven stops for losses totaling 20 yards and four quarterback pressures, but none were charged to their left tackle.
Maryland…Michigan recorded its second consecutive shutout and scored three touchdowns in the second half to run past Maryland, 28-0, in the conference opener. The Michigan defense held the Terrapins to just 105 total yards -- including 37 in the second half -- and had eight tackles-for-loss (four sacks), six pass break-ups and three interceptions. Their left tackle faced up to the Terps’ array of speedy pass rushers as he paved the way for tailback Drake Johnson’s thirteen carries for 68 yards and a touchdown…A missed block by the Wolverines left tackle saw rush end Yannick Ngakoue play off the outside shoulder of Cole to get the loop around he needed to pressure the pocket on third-&-3, causing quarterback Jake Rudock to throw the ball away and the Michigan punt unit to come on the field after their first possession for the day…Michigan settled for a 30-yard field goal after an 8-play second quarter series stalled, but the key play during that drive occurred on a play action snap, with the left tackle sealing the edge by riding Ngakoe away from the pocket. Rudock kept the ball, reverse field and serpentines through the Terrapin defense for a 20-yard bootleg that placed the ball at the Maryland 12-yard line…Maryland swarmed the Wolverines backfield, bringing a blitz up the middle while Ngakoe, who had deflected a pass on the previous play, tried to get to Rudock on the edge. With a jolting hand punch to the chest, Cole sent the defender flying and Rudock alertly flipped the ball to Drake Johnson, as the tailback slipped through between left tackle and guard before he was “off to the races” for a 31-yard catch-&-run touchdown that gave Michigan an early third quarter 14-0 lead…Thanks to blanket coverage by the Terps down the field, the Wolverines held on to the ball a bit too long and that allowed Ngakoue to apply backside pressure on a third quarter third-&-5 snap, using head fakes and a shuffle move to get by Cole and record his seventh sack for the season, dropping Rudock for an 8-yard loss that forced Michigan to punt as time ran out in the quarter. Through five contests, the U-M offensive line has surrendered just five sacks in total…Working in unison with his left guard (Ben Braden) on a combo block, Cole executed a quick hit that stalled Ngakoue before peeling off the defender to attack defensive tackle Azubuike Ukandu in-line, creating a pile of Terps that Drake Johnson managed to squeeze by for a 1-yard touchdown and a 28-0 Michigan lead with 6:53 left on the game clock. That play was set up earlier when Johnson bounced around a second level block by his left tackle to pick up 20 yards on a run that placed the ball at the Maryland 2, where he tried twice to get the ball into the end zone, gaining success on his second attempt…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#7-Yannick Ngakoue (6:02-259)-One solo tackle, an 8-yard sack and one quarterback pressure; DT#99-Quintin Jefferson (6:03-289)-No tackles, one pass deflection…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded six key blocks/knockdowns, one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, grading 82% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 16-of-33 passes (48.48%) for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception, rushing for 198 yards and two touch-downs on 40 carries (4.95 ypc), as they gained 378 yards on a total of 73 plays (5.18 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed two sacks for minus 11 yards, five stops for losses totaling 21 yards and one quarterback pressure, as one sack and one QB hurry was charged to their left tackle.
Northwestern…The Wildcats’ defense was leading the nation in stopping the run entering this match-up, having allowed only 117.4 yards per game, but the dominance of the Wolverines offensive line saw Northwestern give up over 200 yards (201) for the first time during the 2015 campaign. U-M recorded its third consecutive shutout -- a feat not previously accomplished since 1980 -- in a resounding 38-0 victory inside Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines scored at least one touchdown on offense, defense and special teams in the same game for the first time since 2003. Quarterback Jake Rudock was sharp all game, going 17-of-23 for 179 yards and adding a first-half rushing touchdown after following his left tackle into the end zone…Cole took the legs out from under defensive end Deonte Gibson to clear room for Reuben Jones to pick up 18 yards on a rushing attempt during the team’s first possession for the day. The left tackle then stalled promising young linebacker Anthony Walker’s edge rush as Rudock hid behind the left tackle until he found a wide-open Jake Butt on a 32-yard pass play that got the ball to the Wildcats’ 1-yard line. However, Michigan was pushed back one yard when Cole missed a block on Gibson and the rush end disengaged from the Michigan blocker to sack Rudock. The Wildcat would leave the game briefly, limping off the field with an ankle injury, but he would return to sack Rudock two more times before the game’s conclusion. Gibson’s replacement, Ifeadi Odenigbo, was no match for Cole, as the left tackle fired low off the snap to push the Northwestern defensive front back as Drake Johnson ended that 7-play, 59-yard series with a 1-yard touchdown run over the left side…On third-&-1, fullback Joe Kerridge rumbled 34 yards after hitting a hole between his left guard and tackle. Cole angled in-line to engage C.J. Robbins, pushing the defensive tackle back towards the sidelines to widen the rush lane as the ball carrier scooted by until he was stopped at the Wildcats 32-yard marker. A quick connection by Rudock to flanker Jehu Chesson that was good for 27 yards had Michigan staring at the end zone from two yards out. On a second-&-goal snap, Rudock faked the handoff and rolled left. Seeing that his left tackle had driven “mike” Anthony Walker into the end zone, he kept the ball and ran around the left side for a 2-yard score to cap a 75-yard, 6-play march late in the opening frame…The pocket started collapsing around Rudock as soon as he took the snap and Northwestern’s Deonte Gibson made an inside move on Cole to break free and sack the Wolverines quarterback for a 1-yard loss on third-&-5, as Michigan then settled for a 47-yard field goal at the start of third quarter action. Rudock was actually his own worst enemy on the play. The graduate senior is known for eyeballing his primary targets too long and in this case, with all of his receivers covered down field, his hesitation proved costly, as there is only so long that an offensive lineman can contain a defender when the signal-caller is hesitant with his secondary moves...Rudock was again sacked, as Anthony Walker captured him on a charge up the middle of the field, but Gibson played off a block by Cole to assist his middle linebacker by grabbing the Wolverines quarterback from behind as Walker attacked from the front on a third-&-4 play for a loss of 2 yards…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#13-Deonte Gibson (6:03-267)-Three tackles (2 solos) and 2.5 sacks for losses of 10 yards; DE#7-Ifeadi Odenigbo (6:03-252)-Two tackles (one solo)…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded seven key blocks/knock-downs and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 76% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 17-of-23 passes (73.91%) for 179 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries (4.37 ypc), as they gained 380 yards on a total of 69 plays (5.51 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed three sacks, eight stops for losses totaling 18 yards and one quarterback pressure, as 2.5 sacks were charged to their left tackle.
Michigan State…Michigan saw a late lead slip away in the final seconds, falling to rival Michigan State in heartbreaking fashion, 27-23. The Wolverines held a two-point lead with 10 seconds left, but fifth-year senior punter Blake O'Neill fumbled the snap on the punt, and Michigan State recovered, returning it 38 yards for a touchdown as time expired…Behind the blocking efforts of their left tackle, quarterback Jake Rudock had a solid performance, going 15-of-25 for 168 yards. Cole posted seven knockdown with two touchdown-resulting blocks and even though his linemates allowed eight Wolverines to be tackled behind the line of scrimmage, the pass rush tandem of Sjilique Calhoun and Lawrence Thomas – with seven sacks and 8.5 more stops-for-loss through the first six games on the 2015 schedule – would combine for only one tackle-for-loss vs. the Michigan left tackle…Late in the first quarter, Cole engaged 305-pound Thomas, riding the Spartan away from fullback Sione Houma, who used the rush lane created when Cole stepped out in the direction of the play, cutting off Thomas’s pursuit long enough to give Houma a wide cutback lane to use for a first down. The series would conclude early in the second stanza, with Houma taking the ball into the end zone from two yards out at the end of an 8-play, 72-yard possession. Running a fullback-dive, Houma saw that his left tackle had created a pile when Cole pushed defensive end Evan Jones into several other Spartans, as the Wolverines put points up on the board for the first time in the contest…After officials twice called running plays touchdowns for the Wolverines during a third quarter series, only to have replay overturn those calls, Michigan ended that 6-play series the old fashioned way – they earned it. Coming off the snap, Cole pushed Thomas inside before taking the legs out from under defensive tackle Charles Evans. That created the slightest of creases that Houma used to punch the third-&-goal ball into the end zone from one yard away…Despite getting help from his backup tight end, Cole saw rush end Shilique Calhoun execute an inside move that saw him pressure the pocket on a first-&-goal incomplete pass later in the third frame…Even though it appeared that Calhoun was offside on the play, the rush end disrupted the pocket as Rudock threw the ball, only to have it batted back, with the quarterback catching his own toss before Calhoun converged to take him down for a 3-yard loss on third-&-3, bringing out the Michigan punt team with 1:47 left and the Wolverines holding a precarious 23-21 lead…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#8-Lawrence Thomas (6:04-305)-Five tackles (3 solos), one pass deflection; DE#43 (note, wore number to honor a fallen teammate; usual #89)-Shilique Calhoun (6:04-266)-One solo tackle for a 3-yard loss, one quarterback pressure…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded seven key blocks/knock-downs, two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 83% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 15-of-25 passes (60.00%) for 168 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries (1.88 ypc), as they gained 230 yards on a total of 58 plays (3.97 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed three sacks for minus 10 yards, nine stops for losses totaling 23 yards and two quarterback pressures, as one tackle-for-loss and one QB pressure was charged to their left tackle.
Minnesota…In another too-close-for-comfort contest, Michigan held at the goal line as time expired to pull out a gutsy 29-26 victory and reclaim the Little Brown Jug. Minnesota led, 26-21, midway through the fourth quarter, before the Wolverines mounted a seven-play, 40-yard drive behind sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight, who came on for fifth-year senior Jake Rudock, who went out injured, to complete 3-of-4 attempts, including a pivotal 12-yard score to Jehu Chesson. Speight found senior Amara Darboh on a two-point conversion for a 29-26 lead. On three of their touchdown drives, Cole provided a key block, as he would begin a string of four consecutive games by grading at least 90% in each contest…The Wolverines’ 8-play drive to the end zone featured three carries by their fullbacks, with Joe Kerridge using a scramble block my Cole that controlled Thieren Cockran, driving the defender back with his shoulder to clear room for the ball carrier’s touchdown. In twenty-six drives into an opponent’s end zone, Michigan has now scored on all but one of those chances, to date…Rudock threaded the needle with his toss to Chesson for a 13-yard second quarter touch-down, as he was provided ample pocket protect, as Cole demonstrated excellent slide protection, shifting to his left in anticipation of the outside rush, locking his big hands into Hendrick Ekpre to drive the defensive end away from the Wolverines quarterback…Playing for the oldest trophy in college football – The Little Brown Jug – head coach Jim Harbaugh kept on reaching into his “bag of tricks,” this time, using starting strong safety Jabrill Peppers to handle a few direct-snap plays out of the offensive backfield. First, the coach sent in a play that saw Chesson handle a third-&-4 reverse, as Peppers lined up in the slot, took the handoff and raced right, flipping the ball to the receiver, as Chesson followed Cole into the second level for a 22-yard gain down the left sideline, as the tackle crushed linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to give the U-M wide-out room to operate. Working in-line coming out of his stance, Cole’s big paws got into the grille of defensive tackle Andrew Stelter to spring Drake Johnson for a 13-yard run to the Gophers 6-yard line. From there, Harbaugh devised a play where Peppers lined up in the slot and took the direct snap, a play aptly called the “Wild Wolverine.” The safety then followed the lead blocks from the left side of the line, with Cole smashing into linebacker Cody Poock on Peppers’ 6-yard touchdown jaunt that ended a 7-play, 75-yard drive…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#95-Hendrick Ekpe (6:05-243)-No tackles; DE#55-Theren Cockran (6:06-258)-No tackles; DE#87-Gaelin Elmore (6:06-266)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded six key blocks/knock-downs, three touchdown-resulting blocks (two on running plays) and one block down field, grading 95% for blocking consistency... Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 16-of-27 passes (59.26%) for 169 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries (3.74 ypc), as they gained 296 yards on a total of 61 plays (4.85 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed two sacks for minus 10 yards, six stops for losses totaling 17 yards and no quarterback pressures, but none were charged to their left tackle.
Rutgers…Michigan put up 35 points in the first half and saw six different players score touchdowns in a comfortable 49-16 win over Rutgers. The Wolverines were explosive on offense with eight plays of 20-plus yards, including seven that were recorded over the left side of their field, where Cole collected seven knockdowns with key blocks on three touchdown-resulting plays. The front wall continued to perform well in the second half of the schedule, as the offensive line allowed just thirteen sacks through their first nine appearances…The offensive line continued to perform at a high level since their early season “foibles,” and there left tackle was more than ready to face the constant blitz packages Rutgers tossed at the Wolverines front wall. Four different Scarlet Knights would line up vs. Cole – none with any semblance of success. Early in the first quarter, Cole executed a cross block, looping around his tight end to capture rush end Djawny Mera in the backfield, riding him away from the pocket on Jake Rudock’s right sideline toss of 32 yards to fullback Sione Houma. Rudock would put the team’s first points up on the board with a 13-yard strike to Jehu Chesson, as his left tackle again retreated into the backfield to neutralize a stunt by defensive tackle Julian Pinnix-Odrick…Rutgers brought pressure from both edges and up the middle, as Rudock frantically looked for an open receiver at the Rutgers 4-yard line. The quarterback looked to his left and saw that Cole was manhandling defensive end Quanzell Lambert on the wide side of the field. With a huge divide along the left boundary, Rudock tucked the ball and ran into the end zone, hitting the pylon as linebacker Darnell Davis could manage to only get his fingertips on the Wolverines’ leg before the officials signaled for a touchdown…Cole continued to help the Wolverines win the war in the trenches, firing low off the snap to deliver a double-whammy hand punch that sent end Djwany Mera into the end zone, as the blocker widened the rush lane between left tackle and guard used by tailback Reuben Jones for a 4-yard score that staked Michigan to an early third quarter 43-16 lead…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#22-Quanzell Lambert (6:01-262)-Two assisted tackles, one pass deflection; DE#93-Djwany Mera (6:04-269)-One assisted tackle; DT#53-Julian Pinnix-Odrick (6:05-277)-One assisted tackle…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded seven key blocks/ knockdowns, three touchdown-resulting blocks (two on running plays) and one block down field, grading 91% for blocking consistency... Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 18-of-26 passes (69.23%) for 337 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 150 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries (3.57 ypc), as they gained 487 yards on a total of 68 plays (7.16 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed no sacks, five stops for losses totaling 19 yards and no quarterback pressures, but none were charged to their left tackle.
Indiana…It was like Mouse Davis was coaching the revival of the Run-&-Shoot offense – at least for both teams. Quarterback Jake Rudock threw six touchdown passes, including four to wide receiver Jehu Chesson -- tying a school record -- as Michigan rallied to tie the game with two seconds left before putting up 14 points in overtime in a 48-41 win over the Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. In a great display of pass protection, making two touchdown-resulting blocks that aided the aerial game…Playing vs. the Hoosiers three-man front, Cole had to deal with their edge rushers and second level defenders all day and this play was no exception. Speedy “Bandit” Zack Shaw took a bead on the Michigan quarterback, but Rudock brought “protection,” as Cole reverted in-line, taking out Shaw with a forearm blast, giving Rudock room to get into the rush lane and pick up 23 yards on a third-&-5 second quarter option play near midfield, giving the Wolverines room to operate after they were penalized half the distance to the goal when flagged for a chop block in the backfield by guard Ben Braden. Cole then made a nice block in the open field, flattening weak-side linebacker Tegray Scales as Jabrill Peppers took a short toss in the backfield, hitching a ride behind Cole along the left sideline for an 18-yard pickup to the Indiana 32. The Hoosiers have one of the worst third-down defenses in college football and Cole would add to their problems. When all of his receivers were covered, Rudock again glanced to his left side, where he saw his left tackle simply steam-roll over Zack Shaw. The quarterback used his feet instead of his arm, bolted away from the backfield pressure and took off on a 19-yard run that placed the ball inside the red zone. Michigan entered the game having recorded touchdowns on 71% of their drives in the red zone, 14th best in the NCAA, and they would improve that figure at the end of this ten-play, 75-yard possession. Rudock had all the time in the world to drop back and unleash a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chesson, thanks to the protection he received on the left side of the field. Tight end Jake Butt and Cole combined to tie up “Bandit” Greg Gooch and no other Hoosier could get past that tandem into the backfield. For the rest of the day, Michigan ball carriers took a back seat, as their quarterback, secured with his protection up front, would go on to torch the Indiana secondary for 440 yards and six touchdowns, as he also toted the pigskin seven times for a team-best 64 yards…Michigan was trailing, 34-27, with less than three minutes remaining and Rudock needed his offensive line to hunker down, as he planned on adding to his aerial attack. Zack Shaw was again the victim of a hand punch from Cole that nearly floored the Hoosier, but it also gave the U-M quarterback time to connect with Chesson on a sensational catch-&-grab for 41 yards on third-&-3 that was downed at Indiana 2-yard marker. Michigan failed to score on the next three snaps and faced a fourth-&-goal situation with only five seconds left on the game clock. Rudock only need three seconds to knot the game up at 34-all, as he called for a play pass and Chesson’s number once again. With fans looking on in deathly silence, the team came out of the huddle and from shotgun formation, Rudock tossed a 5-yard scoring lob to his receiver. The quarterback was mere inches from being sacked on the play, but Cole bounced off his initial block on defensive tackle Darius Latham and saw Shaw looping around the outside. With arms outstretched and ready to close on Rudock, he was suddenly blasted out of the picture, with Cole making like the WWE’s Roman Reigns, delivering Shaw to the ground with a bone-jarring hand jolt. The game would go to double overtime, with Rudock being successful on both of his touch-down passes and Michigan went home with an exciting 48-41 victory…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE/Bandit#33-Zack Shaw (6:03-253)-Two solo tackles, one pass deflection; DE/Bandit#49-Greg Gooch (6:02-252)-One solo tackle…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded nine key blocks/knockdowns, two touchdown-resulting blocks and two blocks down field, grading 94% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 33-of-46 passes (71.74%) for 440 yards, six touchdowns and one interception, rushing for 141 yards and no touch-downs on 28 carries (5.04 ypc), as they gained 581 yards on a total of 74 plays (7.85 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed one 7-yard sack, seven stops for losses totaling 39 yards and no quarterback pressures, but none were charged to their left tackle.
Penn State…Quarterback Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns and his left tackle registered six knockdowns on the way to earning his fourth consecutive blocking consistency grade of at least 90%, helping the Wolverines earn a 28-16 victory at Penn State…Cole stalled the forward charge of Garrett Sickles, pushing the defensive end inside while assisting guard Ben Braden in also holding off nose tackle Austin Johnson to form a shield used to protect the quarterback on a 39-yard toss to Jehu Chesson down the left sideline that placed the ball at the PSU 26. The sidelines had a bit of a scare as Chesson was slow to get up after the catch, taking a late hit after the whistle had blown, but seemed to be okay after getting the wind knocked out of him. Confident in his protection and knowing he had other receiving option, Rudock took the next snap, looked left and saw both Cole and Braden working in combination to ride Sickles away from the pocket long enough for Rudock to locate tight end Jake Butt near the left pylon for a 26-yard touchdown toss and Michigan’s first points for the afternoon…Midway through the third quarter, Penn State turned the ball over when they flubbed a punt return, giving Michigan an easy opportunity to score with the ball resting inside the PSU 10-yard line. On a quick handoff to Jabrill Peppers, the double-duty Wolverine angled left and used a block by Cole that brought down defensive end Evan Schwan to advance the ball six yards on a carry to the 3-yard marker. Two plays later and with the Wolverines facing a third-&-goal situation, it was fullback Sione Houma who would score from one yard out. Playing in a phone booth, Cole exploded out of his stance, getting both of his mitts into the chest of Parker Cothren, driving the defensive tackle into fellow PSU interior defender Anthony Zettel as the officials signaled for a touchdown…Hanging on to a five-point lead with 7:53 left on the game clock, Michigan wanted to score quickly to gain some breathing room. While their aerial attack was their most relied upon weapon (256 yards for the day), the team had yet to establish their ground game, which had amassed just 30 of their total of 87 yards for the game before this scoring drive. That would soon change, as Cole led an end around that saw Chesson return to action with a 20-yard gain down the left side of the field. A pass interference call vs. Penn State put the ball at the 6-yard line, but the Wolverines again saw their star receiver leave the game, as he injured his left shoulder on the pass interference call. Peppers added five yards to his rushing total, lowering his pads and following Cole’s lead to the 1-yard line. It was now time for Michigan’s power option, as they brought three tight ends on the field. The left tackle’s block near the goal line would see the Nittany Lions lose scrappy strong safety Malik Golden to an injury, as he was caught under the pile the Wolverine blocker had created. Michigan would also suffer an injury on the play, when nose tackle Austin Johnson fell on the leg of right guard Todd Kalis. For a line that played the entire season intact, the Wolverines were without one of the steady pieces on the front wall. On second-&-goal, a banged-up De’Veon Smith had enough gas left in his tank to take the handoff. The Tailback followed the lead of his left tackle, as Cole stood up defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, giving Smith room to move the ball into the end zone for a 28-16 lead that put the game out of reach with 5:12 remaining…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#90-Garrett Sickles (6:04-258)-One assisted tackle; DT-Anthony Zettel (6:04-288)-No tackles; DE#95-Carl Nassib (6:07-272)-No tackles; NG#99-Austin Johnson (6:04-323)-One assisted tackle…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded six key blocks/knockdowns, two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 92% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 25-of-38 passes (65.79%) for 256 yards, two touch-downs and one interception, rushing for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries (2.90 ypc), as they gained 343 yards on a total of 68 plays (5.04 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed two sacks for minus 10 yards, four stops for losses totaling 15 yards and no quarterback pressures, but none were charged to their left tackle.
Ohio State…The Wolverines were throttled by the Buckeyes, 42-13, dashing their faint hopes for playing in the conference championship game. The offensive line had more than their hands full vs. a swarming Ohio State front seven, as quarterback Jake Rudock might have throw for 250 times for the fourth consecutive game – a school record – but he was sacked twice and harassed in the pocket often…The offense needed a spark, as Michigan was trailing, 14-3, late in the second quarter. Rudock tossed a short pass to Jabrill Peppers along the left side of the backfield and the safety/ tailback saw his left tackle drive defensive end Tyquan Lewis towards the sidelines, creating the cutback lane Peppers needed to convert the toss into a 13-yard first down near midfield. That play would spark the Wolverines hurry-up offense that took eleven plays and 92 yards to put their first touchdown for the day on the board. On third-&-2, Rudock found Jehu Chesson uncovered near the left corner of the end zone for a 5-yard score, thanks to Cole driving his shoulder into Tyquan Lewis to again ride the defensive end out of the pocket…Ohio State All-American defensive end Joey Bosa ripped past Michigan right tackle Erik Magnuson to sack Rudock, but the quarterback fumbled the ball. Fortunately, Cole alertly pounced on the lose pigskin and rather than give Ohio State great field position at the Michigan 41, they punted the ball away and it was downed at the OSU 16-yard marker…Magnuson, who had a rough time all day vs. Bosa, would switch positions with Cole for a few plays on the next series before Cole returned to his normal weak-side tackle spot. Unfortunately, Bosa also beat Cole coming off the right edge early in the fourth frame, sacking Rudock a 6-yard loss. It appeared that the quarterback had fumbled the ball during the sack, with OSU recovering, but officials ruled the Wolverine was down before the pigskin popped out. Back on the left side, Cole could only observe as Magnuson was again beaten on an attempt to stop Bosa, who charged hard from the right side, tipping a Ruddock pass that the Buckeye managed to pick off and advance 28 yards to the Michigan 9 to seal the Ohio State rout of the Wolverines…Despite leading 42-13, the Ohio State defensive line reserves resorted to a few dirty tactics. When defensive end Darius Slade decided to punch, rather than swipe, Cole gave the Buckeye a little “luv tug,” but officials flagged the tackle for grabbing the defender’s helmet with less than two minutes left to play…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#59-Tyquan Lewis (6:04-264)-Two tackles (one solo); DE#97-Joey Bosa (6:06-277)-One solo tackle, a 6-yard sack, one interception; DE#10-Jalyn Holmes (6:05-266)-No tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded six key blocks/knockdowns and one touch-down-resulting block, but he was penalized once for a personal foul (grabbed helmet), grading 75% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 25-of-47 passes (53.19%) for 307 yards, one touchdowns and one interception, rushing for 57 yards and no touch-downs on 25 carries (2.28 ypc), as they gained 364 yards on a total of 72 plays (5.06 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed two sacks for minus 11 yards, three stops for losses totaling 12 yards and five quarterback pressures, with a 6-yard sack charged to their left tackle.
Florida (Citrus Bowl)…If football was taught chemistry class, the Michigan offensive line would all be “mad scientists,” as this cohesive unit again continued to progress after some early season foibles and a “blip” on the radar vs. Ohio State in the regular season finale. Florida entered the contest having recorded forty quarterback sacks, the fourth-best total in the NCAA Football Bowl Sub-division ranks. That number failed to impress Cole and his line mates, as no Gators defender got to their quarterback while Michigan piled up 34 unanswered points on the way to a 41-6 triumph. Florida would manage to pressure the pocket only once, on a meaningless late game series, by a backup linebacker…The Wolverines scored 34 unanswered points in a 41-7 drubbing of 19th-ranked Florida in the 70th playing of the Citrus Bowl. Michigan asserted control early in the second quarter and never looked back, totaling the highest single-game point total allowed by Florida this season…Cole started the game off with a bang – literally - as he fired off the snap, pushing defensive tackle Khari Clark inside. The left tackle reached the second level, neutralizing middle linebacker Antonio Morrison as De’Veon Smith followed his blocker en route to a 24-yard carry into the Florida red zone. Michigan had trouble with the handoff to Drake Johnson and by the time the tailback got going, the Florida defense was swarming into the backfield, but Johnson capitalized on a huge hole created by Cole, who was “looking to the sky” to quickly locate the Gators defense’s weakness, attacking an oncoming Jarrad Davis to push the middle linebacker through the rush lane that Johnson used for a 12-yard gain around his left tackle. The 9-play, 73-yard series ended with Cole leading a power sweep around the left corner with Johnson trailing. Cole blasted into a slew of Gators, as five tried feebly to get to the ball carrier before Johnson skipped into the left corner of the end zone for a 4-yard score…Michigan converted 7-of-8 third-down opportunities in the second half and finished with 503 total yards of offense. Florida, which entered play among the national leaders in tackles for a loss, got into U-M's backfield just three times in the game with no sacks…Cole executed a combo block with guard Ben Braden that held off a blitz and a trio of Gators on Jake Rudock’s 45-yard pass to Jehu Chesson that put the ball at the Florida 10. The quarter-back, who was benched after completing 2-of-8 passes for Iowa vs. Tennessee in the Taxslayer Bowl last year, justified Jim Harbaugh’s faith in the graduate transfer, who would finish this rout of Florida by throwing for 278 yards and three touchdowns (two coming on passes that All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was beaten on). However, this drive would end the old-fashioned way, with a cloud of dust generated from the feet of fullback Sione Houma, who took the ball on third-&-goal and bulled his way into the end zone for a 2-yard score, using a log block by Cole, who had turned inside to drive defensive tackle Jon Bullard out of the rush lane…Primary Blocking Assignment-DE#17-Jordan Sherit (6:04-257)-Two solo tackles…Cole Offensive Impact-The lineman recorded six key blocks/knockdowns, two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 90% for blocking consistency...Team Offensive Impact-The Wolverines completed 20-of-31 passes (64.52%) for 278 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, rushing for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 46 carries (4.89 ypc), as they gained 503 yards on a total of 77 plays (6.53 yards per attempt)…The offensive line allowed no sacks, three stops for losses totaling three yards and one quarterback pressure, but none were charged to their left tackle.
2014 SEASON...Cole was a Freshman All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, ESPN.com and Sporting News, as he became the first true freshman to debut as a starter on the offensive line and just the second freshman blocker to ever start any games during his first season…Having added over twenty-five pounds to his frame prior to arriving for August camp, he seized the opportunity and took over left tackle duties and joined the first unit vs. Appalachian State. By doing so, he joined former Michigan All-American William “Bubba” Paris (1978) as the only Wolverines to start a game at tackle as true freshmen…Cole’s presence helped the ground attack average 162.83 yards per game after managing just an average of 125.7 yards in 2013…Michigan did see their passing unit suffer, averaging 170.17 yards (posted a 247.8-yard average in 2013)…On seventeen of their touchdown runs, thirteen were recorded behind the left side blocking…The front wall reduced their sacks allowed total to twenty-five and allowed seventy total tackles behind the line of scrimmage. In 2013, they yielded 36.0 sacks, 114.0 tackles-for-loss and 29 quarterback pressures.
INJURY REPORT...No major injuries reported and has never missed a game at Michigan…Did perform in a summer camp during high school with a cast on his hand.
AGILITY TESTS...4.96 in the 40-yard dash (hand-held)…5.05 in the 40-yard dash (electronic)…1.68 10-yard dash…2.88 20-yard dash…4.64 20-yard shuttle…7.52 three-cone drill…29-inch vertical jump…8’-09” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times…34 1/8-inch arm length…10-inch hands…80 1/8-inch wingspan.
HIGH SCHOOL...Cole attended East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) High School, playing football for Eagles head coach Bob Hudson…Lettered four times on the gridiron, earning All-Area and All-State honors as an offensive tackle during his junior season…Also performed on the defensive line during his final two prep seasons…A USA Today All-American preseason selection as a senior, he closed out his career by participating in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Cole's coach, Bob Hudson, said of him: "He's that guy, as a coach, that you want a whole team of. He does what he's supposed to do. He stays out of trouble. He's not late to meetings. He's not lazy. He's always moving. He's coachable. He can take criticism. He doesn't need praise every play. He's what you dream of as a coach."
PERSONAL...Cole is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts…Born Mason Cole on 3/28/96, he resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida.