Michigan junior Mason Cole is new to the center position but brings two full seasons of starting experience along the offensive line.

Michigan junior Mason Cole is new to the center position but brings two full seasons of starting experience along the offensive line.

Although Mason Cole will make his first career start at center against Hawaii on Sept. 3, the Florida native isn't exactly inexperienced.

Making 25 starts in two seasons at left tackle, Cole doesn't sound like a guy worried about a position switch as a junior at Michigan.

"It's been smooth," Cole said. "Coach (Tim) Drevno did a great job teaching kind of all of us every position. Transitioning from one position to the next is kind of seamless and I expect it to go smooth."

Part of the reason for simplicity of the switch is the preparation and approach offered by Drevno, heading into his second season as offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach for the Wolverines.

"It's kind of more in the film room," Cole said. "You've got to know what every position is doing. 

"When you get on the field and you move position you already know what you're doing it's just kind of getting used to physically, a different position and snapping the ball, calls and stuff."

Spending a significant amount of time in the weight room this off-season, Cole says considerable time is given to added snaps for muscle memory.

Looking to improve the run game this season, Cole hopes the Wolverines can build off the impressive finish in a bowl victory.

"I think that's what we all want to do," Cole said. "Toward the end of last year, especially against Florida, I think we showed what we can do and with us four coming back I think we can have a good year running the ball and a good offense."


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