Media Day Interviews: Brian Cole

Submitted by Ace on August 6th, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Previously: Kyle Kalis


Brian Cole wants to see the field this year. [Fuller]

Next up for the Media Day interviews is slot receiver Brian Cole, one of a few freshmen who was available to speak to the media, presumably because he enrolled early and went through spring practice with the team. Cole has already undergone his first uniform change. While he wore #81 in the spring, he's now rocking #41, perhaps a sign that senior walk-on tight end Michael Jocz (now the only #81) is in line for some playing time.

A couple guys have said they didn't even know it was Media Day until they walked in. How has it been with Harbaugh keeping you guys on your toes?

Oh, yeah, it's blessing us though, I'll tell you that, because he's getting all of us ready for the league, NFL-ready. He's treating it like it's the NFL, so people are just getting a better understanding of what it's going to be like if you play in the NFL.

How big of a transition is it coming from high school to this type of environment? What's been the toughest part of that?

It's very overwhelming, to be honest. It's a lot of pressure. You have your highs and your lows. To be honest, it's been hard, but it's been a good experience.

What's he got you playing right now?

I'm playing slot receiver.

I know you played a lot of different spots in high school. How comfortable are you settling into that position?

I'm still getting used to it since I never really played receiver. So my footwork, stuff like that, I'm still working on it. I like it a lot, though. I want to score touchdowns, too, so that's always fun. Catching them isn't so bad, either. I'm just getting used to it.

You guys have Jedd Fisch as a receivers coach, another guy with NFL experience. How big of a help is it to have somebody who's been there?

It's great. The whole coaching staff, they know what it takes, and having Coach Fisch, that's my dawg, I love Coach Fisch. He's always helping me. He's always on top of me about everything, too.

With you in the slot, do you expect to be utilized as a runner as well as a receiver? How do you expect to be used out there?

To be honest, I don't know. I have no idea.

So they're keeping you in the dark about everything.

Yeah.

How easy has it been to pick up the playbook?

Not easy at all. (Laughs.) It's still coming along. It's just the fact that, coming from high school, our playbook looked nothing like that—like, it was numbers, and that was our play. Having all this extra stuff, audibles, all these extra signs we can do, it makes it a lot harder but you gotta learn it. If I want to play I gotta learn it, so that's what I'm trying to do.

Four hour practices, it sounds like the intensity is way up; how well do you think the team has adjusted to that?

Well. We grinding. We got better every day, so things are going good with those four-hour practices. It's not hurting us too bad.

What are your expectations for this year? Do you have anything laid out?

As far as team goals, I don't know. I know, even not talking to them, I know we want to win, like, every game, and that's what we plan to do. We're going to work, have fun, and just win.

And for you personally, what are your expectations for your play this year?

I just want to play. I just want to touch the field.

Comments

the real hail_yes

August 6th, 2015 at 4:49 PM ^

Hopefully BC picks up the fundamentals of being a WR quickly. I know a lot of people are hoping he comes on and starts lighting it up immediately with his athleticism, but I think we're going to have to temper those hopes a little bit.

Still, he seems like a good kid and it sounds like everyone is buying in.

JayZ1817

August 6th, 2015 at 5:00 PM ^

He seems a little overwhelmed by everything, but I think he'll be just fine down the road. Getting used to a new campus, academics, and a whole new approach concerning football is extremely hard for any 18 year old kid. Best wishes in your future, kid.

BleedThatBlue

August 6th, 2015 at 5:09 PM ^

Seems like a great kid but barely being in the college atmosphere is a lot for him currently. Maybe I'm just reading in to his responses too much. Hope he kills it, we need his athleticism in slot.

ThoseWhoStayUofM

August 7th, 2015 at 10:00 AM ^

he is trying to learn all of the plays and audibles from a piece of paper. That's a lot harder than actually learning it in practice, on the field. obviously you do most of your work studying the playbook on your own, but it solidifies in your mind when you get out there are run them. He's nervous because he doesn't know the playbook and he's about to get exposed on the field. It will get better.

Esterhaus

August 6th, 2015 at 5:14 PM ^

 

It's certainly a positive sign for a young freshman when the coaching staff lets you interview before your first season has begun. Guy appears a bit overwhelmed but I think that's to be expected at this phase. He'll touch the field this year.

skey

August 6th, 2015 at 5:16 PM ^

I think his honesty makes you realize how wild it is to have a true freshman be a contributor...there's so much thrown at them in terms of football, school, life, etc.

MaximusBlue

August 6th, 2015 at 5:38 PM ^

He was honest in what he's going through and what he's feeling. He didn't have to do that. Not a lot do in that situation. Folks have to remember how young this kid is . He's going to be a good one.

echoWhiskey

August 6th, 2015 at 5:53 PM ^

Right. I'm impressed that he was honest about the difficulties of the transition. And it says more about him and his opportunity to contribute that the staff allowed him to talk to the media as a true freshman than any sound bite he gave here.

riverrat

August 6th, 2015 at 9:28 PM ^

Holy cow - "Having all this extra stuff, audibles, all these extra signs we can do, it makes it a lot harder but you gotta learn it."

 

Audibles. Yes.

DY

August 7th, 2015 at 7:57 AM ^

Early enrollees are probably taking a class or two during the summer, correct? A lot of athletes take spring/summer term because of time restrictions during fall/winter. The pace of those summer classes is no joke though and I can see how it would be pretty overwhelming.

Champeen

August 7th, 2015 at 8:28 AM ^

Interesting interview indeed.  If there is a freshmen on the team that is not feeling this, id be shocked.  I cant imagine going through what these student athletes, at Michigan nonetheless, go through.

One interesting thing i did note was he said he "never really played reciever".  Well,  most of his offensive snaps were at Reciever in high school.  Id guess about 50%.  A lot at RB also, and few at QB.

But maybe he was talking about practice.  Its possible most all his practice time may have been at Safety. Im just a little unsure at what he meant, because on game day, on offense, that simply was not true.

grumbler

August 7th, 2015 at 11:54 AM ^

The question was about slot receiver, so his answer may have been specifically about the slot.  Did he play slot, or wideout, in high school?  If he played in the slot, then I'd agree that his answer doesn't make much sense in the context as we understand it.

cGOBLUEm

August 7th, 2015 at 1:39 PM ^

I like that Harbaugh has 4 hour pracitices. I hope that will help UM to be condidtioned to play full speed for 4 quarters instead of 3 this season. We all know how gassed the defense was by the end of each game last year. 

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kstevens26

August 11th, 2015 at 10:04 AM ^

His responses speak of player much older than he actually is.

Very calm and humbled. Rarity to see these ages. Best of luck to Cole, go earn that #1 jersey.