MIAMI, Fla. – Mason Cole is coming back to Michigan for his senior year.
“I just think it’s the best thing for my career and for this football team,” Cole said to a group of reporters in a South Miami restaurant late Wednesday evening. “I think another year in college will be good for me to get stronger and getting better, and good for this team, too.”
Cole’s announcement comes after he received his draft grade, an evaluation, he says was important to hear before deciding to come back for his fourth year.
“I really just put (in for it and was) curious to what I would get back,” Cole said. “I think it was important to get as much information as possible. And that’s what I did, I talked to coach (Jim) Harbaugh and coach (Tim) Drevno and that’s what I did.”
Adding: “In terms of making a decision I think it’s important,” Cole said. “You put your name in and see what you get back."
Cole, who started 12 games at center this season, says he would like to stay put in the middle of U-M;s offensive line.
“I’d like to stay at center,” Cole said. “But whatever works out, works out.”
Next up for Cole, No. 6 Michigan (10-2) plays against No. 11 Florida State (9-3) this Friday in the Capitol One Orange Bowl at 8 p.m.