Junior offensive lineman Mason Cole has made the move to center this spring.

Junior offensive lineman Mason Cole has made the move to center this spring.

BRADENTON, Fla. – Mason Cole has started every game of his Michigan career at left tackle. In fact, he’s made 25 starts overall and was the first ever true freshman to start in a Wolverine opener.  

But that may change moving forward.

Cole, who stands at 6-foot-5, 305-pounds, has been playing exclusively at center through Michigan’s first two days of spring practice. A move he has adjusted nicely – so far anyways, he says.

“I’m getting used to snapping again,” Cole said. “But it hasn’t been bad. I think I am doing pretty well. Like again, I’m just learning day by day. These four hour practices are helping slow it down a little bit and give me more teaching.”

“I had one bad snap today, but those will come,” Cole said. “So I just got to make them stop (altogether).”

How did Cole get the idea of playing center in his junior season? Well, Cole says he was asked offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who sprung the idea on him recently.

“Coach Drevno approached me and said ‘we’re going to try you out here,’” Cole said. “If it works out, it works out. It’s a good experience to have. And a good thing to have under your belt looking into the future. If it works out, it works out. If not, I’ve learned and I can do it.”
However, Cole admits moving to the inside is a different mindset altogether than playing left tackle.

“It’s just a little different,” Cole said of the position switch. “You got to know fronts a little better. You have to be able to read blitzes and safety rotations. It’s not too hard, Coach Drevno does a good job of teaching all of us everything.”

Adding: “I think it’s a little tougher mentally. I think you need to know a lot more defensively scheme wise and offensively scheme wise. Also, things just happen quicker. With a nose tackle breathing down your neck, things just happen quicker. “That’s alright. I’m learning and having fun.”

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