Michigan has a long list of long-time starters on the offensive line. If last year continues to be the norm, it could add another to that list once his career is all said and done.
Sophomore offensive lineman Mason Cole was one of the few bright spots on the Michigan offense from a season ago. Amidst the struggles, Cole, who started as a true freshman, played well considering the circumstances.
It also helped having an entire spring under his belt thanks to enrolling early.
“Adjusting to the speed and tempo was a little different,” Cole said. “I was lucky enough to come in early. So I had the spring underneath me, I guess that helped a lot. Even throughout the season I adjusted. Game one you’re not fully adjusted to the game speed yet.
“You just learn as time goes on and you get adjusted to it.”
Now with a brand new coaching staff, including a new position coach, Cole must learn to transition once again early in his career.
“I thought it was a little weird at first but overall I think everyone is excited about the coaching staff,” Cole said. “To see what we’re going to do this season and see what we’re going to do this camp, I think everyone is excited.”
With another coaching staff comes scheme changes. Blocking assignments and schematics are different and some verbiage could differ from coach to coach. With offensive coordinator Tim Drevno at the helm of the offense, Cole doesn’t see much of a difference in how things look right now.
If anything, it’s all about mentality.
“It’s a little different,” Cole said. “Schematically power is power and zone is zone, it doesn’t get much different than that. It’s just how well we run it with one another. It’s a different mentality. We have a tougher mentality now and we’re ready to roll.”