Player Spotlight: LB Dylan Cole



Tyrant’s Analysis

Dylan is our #2 LB, and also on our First Team All-American list for the pre season.He is highly productive from LB spot, racking up 152 tackles last year. He has a thick, muscular frame and delivers some vicious hits. He’s very instinctive and is always in position to make a play. Keep your eyes on Dylan this year, we expect another great season.


Career Stats

2015: Had a stellar junior campaign in which he earned All-MVFC First-Team honors and led the club in total tackles in every game … Finished with 152 total tackles to lead the Valley … Started all 11 games at Will linebacker … Averaged 15.4 total stops per outing during league play … Was the MVFC leader in tackles per game (13.8), which ranked third among all NCAA Division I FCS defenders … Logged 9 double-digit tackle games and averaged 6.6 solo tackles per game, which was tops in the conference and No. 5 nationally … Also led the Bears, ranked sixth in the Valley and 65th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.1) with 12.0 for the season … Completed the season with seven straight double-digit tackle performances and 152 total tackles, which was good for No. 7 on the Bears’ single-season list … Named the HERO Sports FCS Defensive Stud of the Week following his 21-tackle day against South Dakota (10/24/15) … Logged a conference season-high of 23 tackles No. 19 UNI (11/14/15) … Also logged 14 solo tackles and 21 stops overall at South Dakota (10/24/15) … Was in on 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack with 18 tackles against South Dakota State (10/31/15) … Tallied 9 solo stops and 12 overall at Youngstown State (11/7/15) with a pair of TFLs … Against the team’s two FCS foes, he  combined to tally 13 total solo stops and 19 tackles in all at Memphis (9/5/15) and Arkansas State (9/19/15) … Was a Preseason All-MVFC selection … Participated in a mission trip to help orphans in the Dominican Republic in April … Also earned Academic All-MVFC first-team honors … Named to MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters … Had 6 solo tackles, a TFL and an interception in the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15).

2014: Started all 12 games as a sophomore and earned All-MVFC honorable mention honors … Brought down 92 ball carriers which ranked second on the team and 105th nationally — 11th in the MVFC … His 14.5 tackles for loss were 5th in The Valley and 56th nationally … Posted at least 7 tackles in 8 games … Posted season-high 12 total tackles vs. South Dakota (10/18/14) with 5 solos … Had MSU record 6 tackles for loss, 8 total stops, 7 solos and a sack at Oklahoma State (9/6/14) to earn CFPA National LB of the Week, MSU Media Player of the Week and MSU Defensive Player of the Week honors … Also had 7 solos and 9 total stops with a TFL in win at Northwestern State (8/28/14) … Had interceptions in back-to-back games vs. Youngstown State (10/4/14) and at South Dakota State (10/11/14) … Earned CFPA National LB honorable mention and MSU Media Player of the Week honors for YSU game … Was in on 8 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack at Indiana State (11/1/14) … Notched 9 tackles, including a forced fumble and 3 TFLs in the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/26/14).

2013: Started all 12 games at Sam linebacker as a redshirt freshman … Was MSU’s only freshman player on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team … Ranked 26th in the MVFC in tackles per game (5.9) and was 5th on the club in total stops (68) while ranking 2nd among all Bears in tackles for loss (6.0) … Was named MSU Media Player of the Week for home game against Central Arkansas (9/21/13) after he tallied 10 tackles against the UCA Bears along with his first career interception … Logged 10 stops at South Dakota (10/5/13) with a season-high 7 solo stops and 2 tackles for loss … Posted 6 solo tackles and a pass break-up in win at Western Illinois (10/26/13) to earn MSU Defensive Player of the Week … Had season-high 12 total stops against Northern Iowa (11/16/13) in season finale with 1.5 tackles for loss … Named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters as well as MVFC Commissioner’s Excellence Award and MVFC Honor Roll.

2012: Redshirted his first year at Missouri State … Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year by the coaching staff … Earned Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors for week of South Dakota (10/13/12) victory … Also landed a spot on the MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll during the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters … Registered 7 tackles, 3 solo, and forced a fumble in the Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).


Q&A with Dylan Cole


1) Tell us a little about yourself. (Height, weight, school, position)

            Height: 6’1”

Weight: 240lbs

School: Missouri State University

Position: (Will) Outside Linebacker


2) What is your greatest strength or attribute as a player?

Since football is a team sport, I think my greatest attribute as a player is my natural ability to lead. I’m not sure what it is about me, but my teammates look to me for leadership, and I embrace it. I believe that player led teams are the best teams.


3) What made you decide on Missouri State to continue your football career?

I wanted to play in the highest division I could, but I also didn’t want to pay for school out of my own pocket. There were schools that were interested in me, but Missouri State seemed very passionate about getting me. They made me feel very wanted, and when I went on my visit, it just felt like home. No one can say no when they find a home.


4) Which player, that you’ve played against was the toughest to bring down?

I would have to say David Johnson when he played for UNI, who plays for the Arizona Cardinals now. I just remember my Redshirt Freshmen year trying to bring him down in open field on one play. I swear, it felt like 10 seconds past before I got him down.


5) What player at the next level, do you style your game after?

I’d like to say I have my own style of play, but if there is someone that I can compare my style to, it would have to be Luke Kuechly. He plays very smart, and he also plays sideline to sideline very well. I think we play similar in those aspects of the game.


6) What sets you apart from other Linebackers at this level?

Preparation. I try to prepare smarter and harder than every other linebacker. There’s a lot that goes into my definition of preparation. Speed, strength, power, diet, leading teammates, technique, and film study are key components to my preparation. If I pursue to be the strongest, fastest, most powerful, healthiest, smartest, best teammate, sharpest technique, and most film educated player I can be, I am confident that I will help my team win better than any other linebacker could at this level.


7) What is your motivation as a player?

I have a lot of motivations as a player, but my top motivation is absolutely my mom. She has worked so hard her entire life trying to support me and my siblings. She inspires me to keep pushing and working hard at everything I do. When things get hard, I think about my mom and how tough she is. Tough things aren’t such a struggle when you have the drive like my mom. I want to make sure she doesn’t have to work so hard anymore. She deserves it.


8) What is something that not many people know about you?

I love to sing. If you are around me enough, you will figure that out pretty quickly.


9) What are your parting words for the fans out there? What should they expect from Dylan Cole this upcoming season?

I’ve played football for about 15 years now, and I have a lot of people to thank for helping me get this far in my career. This season goes out to all my friends, family, teammates, fans, coaches, people who believed in me, and even the ones who didn’t believe in me. They all played an important role to help me get where I am today. Fans should know that after every game, I will walk off that field knowing that I had no more to give because I left it all out there. Not for me, but for them.


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