Team Player: Cole Taking Reps at Center

Sophomore lineman Mason Cole was asked to move to center last week - and so far, so good. Read his story inside.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Mason Cole didn’t ask for the change to center, but he was open to receive it.

Cole, who started 12 games at left tackle last season as a true freshman, was asked by the U-M coaching staff to start working out at center last week.

This news comes after the recent suspension of senior Graham Glasgow due his probation violation, failing a required alcohol breathalyzer earlier this month. Also, U-M lost its other center with valuable playing experience, senior Jack Miller, who decided to end his career and not peruse his fifth season of eligibility.

So with no center with any valuable playing experience on its roster, the Michigan coaches asked Cole to make the switch. And he did it willingly.

"It was the coaches choice," said Cole, who stands at 6-foot-5, 287-pounds. "They wanted to try me out there. So they threw me in there."

Later adding: "They said they thought I would be good at it and they wanted to give me a try. I trust them. I trust their decision."

And mentally -- so far -- Cole says the transition hasn't been overwhelming.

"This staff does a good job of making sure everyone know everything," Cole said. "At least on the offensive line coach [Tim] Drevno. It's a little making center calls. But you got to know your stuff everywhere."

While Cole is being worked in at center, he also noted he is still getting reps at tackle.

However, The next challenge for Cole is learning his new position. At center, he will be asked to make calls at the line of scrimmage, block bigger interior lineman, and most notably -- snap the ball.

"[I feel comfortable] more and more every day, the more you do it, the more comfortable you get at it," Cole said,: adding" It's a lot quicker and guys are a lot bigger inside. Everything is a lot closer. That's about it. ... You just got to play with leverage, an you'll do fine."

Cole did add that he is working with fellow center Patrick Kugler, although it looks as if he will be the starting center when the Wolverines suit for their annual spring game on April 4.

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