Cole to arrive in August w/dogfight mentality

FUTURE BEAVER Michael Cole packed up the car for the last time this weekend, coming home to the Beaver State from California's Foothill College. The former Lake Oswego standout is expected next month to compete for the starting left tackle spot on a veteran OSU offensive line. The 6-foot-7, 295-pounder says he'll arrive in Corvallis with an underdog mentality, intent on earning everything he gets.

Cole said he's just about done with his Associates degree and plans to be in Corvallis putting on the pads when fall camp kicks off on August 3.

"My AA is all put together except I have two classes I'm finishing right now, I'm done in two weeks," said Cole. "I'm taking them online."

Oregon State returns 4-of-5 starters in 2007 from an offensive line that helped pave the way to a 10-win season in '06. Left tackle Adam Koets has graduated and is now with the NY Giants, setting up a battle between Cole, junior Tavita Thompson and others.

"It's going to be a dogfight, it's Pac-10 football," said Cole. "My thinking going in is that I'm No. 3 -- nothing is going to be given to me."

Cole said he's been busy been preparing for his first fall camp with the Beavers this offseason.

"I've got a workout coach, the wrestling coach at Lake Oswego High School, and he puts me through some good workouts... We hit the lifting more in the beginning, starting to hit the running more now. I'm getting close," he said.

Cole, whose whole family is pretty much Oregon Ducks, is a 2003 graduate of Lake Oswego. After high school, he headed to Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia for a year, where he played football. He then transferred to Portland State and redshirted in 2004.

Cole arrived at Foothill in 2005 and last season helped the Owls capture the Northern California JC Conference title and a win in the Silicon Valley Bowl. He has 2-to-play-2 at Oregon State.

"I'm excited, I'm ready to play for the Beavs," he said.

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