Tarpon Springs, FL | 6036 | 305 | 5.08E | 2018
The big kid from Florida jumped right into the starting lineup as a true freshman at left tackle and played two seasons to start his career but moved to center before the 2016 season. Cole excelled at the position, executing line calls and displaying full understanding of Jim Harbaugh’s run heavy offense. He will potentially be moving back to tackle for his senior season. Counting his four years as a starter in high school and three full years at Michigan, Cole has a streak of 91 consecutive games started. He is technically sound, he uses his hands to counter pass rushing moves well and while he may not be a physically dominant center, he so athletic and precise that he is almost never out of position. Cole is efficient at getting out to the next level and walling off secondary defenders and clearly understands angles as well as timing in play development. He has the versatility to play either guard or center in the NFL and his football intelligence is what will stand out as his greatest asset when talent evaluators run his game clips. Mason Cole is very reminiscent to former Notre Dame & NFL center Jeff Faine due to style of play, body type and sound fundamentals.
2016: All-Big Ten second team (coaches and media). Played in all 13 games at center and earned his third varsity letter. Preseason watch list member for the Outland and Rimington Trophy awards. Made first career start at center vs. Hawaii (Sept. 3). Started his 30th consecutive game in the victory against Wisconsin (Oct. 1) and was named Offensive Lineman of the Game. Started at center and played snaps at left tackle against Rutgers (Oct. 8). Played center and earned Michigan’ Offensive Lineman of the Game vs. Michigan State (Oct. 29) and vs. Maryland (Nov. 5). Started third straight game against Ohio State (Nov. 26). Made starting assignment at center vs. Florida State in the Orange Bowl (Dec. 30).
2015: Sophomore (2015). Appeared in 13 games, making 13 starts at tackle, to earn his second varsity letter.
2014: Earned first varsity letter. Appeared in 12 games, making 12 starts. Appalachian State (Aug. 30): Made collegiate debut and first career start; Became first true freshman in Michigan history to start a season opener on the offensive line.
High School: Attended East Lake High School (2014) coached by Bob Hudson. Four-year starter.
Personal: Mason Cole was born on March 28, 1996. Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared.