ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Based on the position alone, Alex Malzone has received a fair share of attention when it comes to the interest and intrigue surrounding Michigan’s quarterback competition this spring.
But Malzone isn’t the only early-enrolled freshman with the Wolverines participating in spring football, former Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage star athlete Brian Cole is mixing in at the wide receiver position.
“He’s great,” senior receiver Amara Darboh said of Cole. “He’s a shifty guy so like all of us we’ve got to work on the playbook but he has a great attitude and I think he’s adjusting very well.”
Listed at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Cole played all over the field at the high school level and could be asked to do some of the same with the Wolverines with the ability to factor in as a slot receiver or on the outside.
According to Darboh, the biggest area of focus for Cole right now, aside from learning the playbook, is embracing the teaching going on in every drill or live session in practice.
“It’s like he’s used to things (now),” Darboh said. “A couple of the early practices the coaches were yelling at him and he feels like he’s getting picked on but the same thing happens to us.
“Today is different to high school and coaches aren’t just going to let a little mistake go by. They want perfection. And that’s the thing I try to tell him, don’t take it the wrong way, if they’re telling you to do something it’s cause they care.”