Cole never vacated the starting lineup, although there was one time the streak was jeopardized.
He missed three straight practices in advance of a game against Michigan State in October of his junior season. The reason was illness, not injury, which discomfited Cole.
You don’t want to miss a game ever, Cole said. And if I was going to miss a game because I was sick, that would have hurt.
He begged the doctors and trainers to clear him, and finally he got the go ahead to play. Michigan won, 32-23, to improve to 8-0. Those were the only three practices Cole missed in college. He was a rock for Harbaugh, a former NFL player and coach with whom Cole forged a close relationship.
The biggest thing is how welcoming all the older guys have been, Cole said. The guys in the OL room have been really great, really helpful, really positive. I’m just excited to get going with them.
He’s catching on to everything quick, Bucannon said of Reddick. This year it be easier for him because he has an emptier cup. I have four years of (the previous) defense, I have to empty my cup. Fill it with this new stuff. Some people hate change. I love change.
The pedigree should be there. Both Reddick and Bucannon are one-time first-round draft picks, players that need to be the cornerstones of the roster. That they are playing positions of high-profile guys from Wilks’ last defense does not change how to approach the job, Reddick insisted.
Earl Watford just signed this week, but at least he knows the offense and would seem to be a possibility to start if Boone can’t go and you don’t want to run rookie Will Holden back out there. At least Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys right tackle Jared Veldheer played better last week – OL coach Harold Goodwin said he was pleased – but Cheap Eagles Jerseys the mixing-and-matching has made it tough.