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Cole looking forward to one final season with Saginaw Heritage before turning his attention to Michigan

Football   | Jeff Dullack

Cole looking forward to one final season with Saginaw Heritage before turning his attention to Michigan

SAGINAW – Brian Cole has been a well-known weapon in the state of Michigan over the past two years.

But now, the recent Michigan commit and current Saginaw Heritage star, is looking to leave his mark before heading to Ann Arbor to begin his college career next year.

Part of leaving that mark for Cole is to lead the Hawks to the playoffs and he added that he’s excited for one last season with the teammates he’s grown up playing with.

“We want to make the playoffs and we just want to have each other’s back,” he said. “It feels good, I’ve been playing with these guys my whole life, so it’s just going to be amazing to play one last year out here.”

A season ago Cole was a jack of all trades for Heritage, playing positions all over the field on offense and defense, will likely do much of the same this fall for the Hawksas he looks to improve upon his season where he rushed for over 1,200 yards and grabbed five interceptions in eight games.

Heritage head coach Don Maloney said what makes Cole so dangerous is his ability to create in the open field and his playmaking ability from anywhere on the field is what makes him so dangerous from various positions

“It’s just his athleticism, Brian creates a lot on his own,” he said. “If the blocks aren’t there, he still manages to make a positive out of it, that’s really what it comes down to offensively. Defensively, because of his speed, he covers a lot of ground at safety for us.”

Cole is expected to play wide receiver for Michigan when he arrives in Ann Arbor.

Cole said that with him playing all over the field and both ways, he’s improved his conditioning in the offseason as an effort to try and stay on the field even longer this fall.

“It’s my conditioning, and being able to stay in games and not having to come out,” he said. “I’ve also gotten better as a defensive back as well.”

Maloney said that what separates Cole from other players is his knowledge of the game and also made note of the fact that his star senior is also a great teammate as well.

“Brian’s football IQ is very high,” he said. “Unless you’re around him every day like we are, you see him understanding the entire scheme and how we do things offensively and defensively and because of his understanding, he can do a lot more. The other thing is that he’s a great teammate, he not only wants to be successful, but he wants his friends and teammates to be successful as well.”

Last year, Heritage fell just short of making the playoffs, finishing with a 5-4 record, but Cole said that now he’s committed to the Wolverines, he can now focus strictly on football for his entire senior season as he focuses on leading the Hawks to the postseason.

“It feels amazing, it’s just a blessing and a weight off my shoulders,” he said. “Now I’ve got it all out of my way and I can just focus on football now.”

Heritage opens the season on August 28 at home against Saginaw Arthur Hill.