Tribute to Vanderbilt's John Cole

Sixteen Vanderbilt players make up the first senior class to ever play in two consecutive bowl games during their Commodore careers. Leading up to the Music City Bowl, will look back on each senior's career. In this segment John Cole is featured.


83 John Cole

Hometown: Somerset, Ky.

High school: Somerset

Position: WR

HT: 5-10 WT: 180

Chose Vanderbilt over: Stanford, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky.


John Cole was one of the highest recruited players to commit to Vandy during the Bobby Johnson era. Cole set the single season Kentucky state prep record for yards receiving and touchdowns receiving. He lived up to his billing at VU catching 36 passes during his redshirt freshman year in 2009. Unfortunately, Cole fell victim to an injury which has slowed his production the past two seasons. Despite his limited playing time his leadership has been invaluable to the Commodore squad. Cole can take pride in the fact that he's one of the few Commodores ever to be a part of three Vandy bowl teams.


Sept. 26, 2009 at Rice. Cole makes 7 catches for 67 yards. However, his biggest play of the game is not from a catch but a run. Cole scores on a 31-yard reverse to give the Commodores an early 7-0 lead. Vandy goes on to win 36-17.


"Absolutely not. I'm not going to be happy with where I'm at until I feel like I've reached my potential. Honestly, I don't feel like I've gotten close to that point." John Cole on August 24, 2011 after being asked if he's happy with his performance.


2009 Team Offensive Player of the Week, Team Most Valuable Receiver Award; 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll.


Game played in: 30
Carries: 3
Rushing yards: 39
Rushing TDs: 1
Receptions: 65
Receiving yards: 758
TD Receptions: 2
Punt returns: 25
Punt return yards: 196


John Cole and family on Senior Day.

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