Trent Cole

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Trent Cole
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Cole in August 2008.
No. 58 Indianapolis Colts
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-10-05) October 5, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Xenia, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Xenia (OH)
College: Cincinnati
NFL draft: 2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 146
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 569
Quarterback sacks: 85.5
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 19
Stats at NFL.com

Trent James Cole Jr.[1] (born October 5, 1982) is an American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Cole played college football for the University of Cincinnati, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Cole played with the Eagles 2005 to 2014, when he signed with the Colts.

Early years[edit]

Cole was born in Xenia, Ohio. He starred at Xenia High School, earning league and area Defensive Player of the Year honors after posting 121 tackles and 8 sacks as a senior. He also rushed for 1,241 yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to earning all-state honors, and played in the Ohio North-South all-star game. He lettered in basketball, track and baseball as well as football.

College career[edit]

While attending the University of Cincinnati, Cole played for the Cincinnati Bearcats football team. He initially played nose tackle for the Bearcats. He was a two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection. Cole finished his career with 238 tackles, 19 sacks, 48 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, and two recovered fumbles. He started every game at weakside defensive end in 2004, totaling 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 22 tackles for a loss (4th in nation). Also registered a safety and two blocked kicks. In 2002, he started nine games at defensive tackle before moving to defensive end and posted 86 tackles, five sacks, and 12 tackles for a loss, en route to Conference USA defensive newcomer of the year honors.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2¼ in 236 lb 4.70 s 4.22 s 6.98 s 38 in 10 ft 4 in 15 reps 14
All values from Cincinnati Pro Day, except Wonderlic which is from NFL Combine.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

2005[edit]

Cole was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles with the draft pick acquired from the Washington Redskins for wide receiver James Thrash. He signed a 4-year contract before his rookie season.

Cole worked hard during training camp and his general athletic ability impressed many fans and people within the organization. He used this to forge a promising year, taking over the starting job at right defensive end in week 10. Cole tallied 5 sacks on the year, which was impressive considering he only started 3 games in the year. He added 26 tackles during his time as a starter to bring his total for the year to 38.

2006[edit]

With 5 sacks in his first 4 games, he was thought to start at the right end position, but with the signing of Darren Howard, Cole would only play on pass downs during the 2006 season. But this changed in week 2, two weeks after star left end Jevon Kearse went out with a fractured tibia, the Eagles announced that Cole would start for Kearse. Since then, Cole has had 1.5 sacks, 26 tackles, 18 of them solo tackles, helping the Philadelphia Eagles carry themselves to 5 straight wins and an NFC East title. Cole was First-team All-Rookie team honors by NFL.com, Pro Football Weekly after the season.

Cole signed a five-year contract extension on November 6, 2006 worth $26–28 million with a $12 million guarantee, which could keep him with the Eagles until 2013.

On December 17, 2006, against the New York Giants, Cole recorded the first interception and touchdown of his career. This interception gave the Eagles a 14-point lead with under 3 minutes left. The touchdown by Cole sealed the Eagles win 36-22. He ended the season with a career-high 8 sacks. Also led the defensive line with a career-high 84 tackles and his interception.

2007[edit]

Cole recorded 12.5 sacks in the 2007 season which broke his personal single-season record. He was the first defensive end since Clyde Simmons in 1986 to make the Pro Bowl as an Eagles draft pick. Cole is already 15th in team history in sacks. As impressive are his tackling numbers, his 70 tackles also put him first among all defensive ends in the NFC. On January 24, 2008 it was announced that he would be replacing Patrick Kerney in the 2008 Pro Bowl.[2]

Cole sacks Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III during the Eagles' 24-16 victory on November 17, 2013.

2008−2012[edit]

In 2008 Cole led the team in hurries (22), and TFLs (9), was 2nd in sacks (9.0), and 3rd with 3 FFs while making 98 tackles (59 solo). He was named to the USA Today 2008 All-Joe Team for the 3rd consecutive season, which honors the NFL players whose work does not necessarily garner headlines, but is integral to the success of their football team.

In week 15 of the 2009 NFL Season, Cole was disqualified with 8 seconds remaining in a game against the New York Giants for throwing punches at Giants' offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara. Both Cole and O'Hara were fined $15,000 by the NFL.[3] Cole was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as a reserve.

In week one of the 2011 NFL season, against the St. Louis Rams, Cole had 3 tackles and 1 sack. Over the season, Cole had 44 tackles, 1 force fumble and 11 sacks.[4]

Cole signed a four-year contract extension with the Eagles worth up to $55.25 million on March 14, 2012, extending his contract through the 2017 season.[5] Cole's season was below par for him, as he only recorded 3 sacks and 40 combined tackles, an all-time low.

2013−2015[edit]

Under new coach Chip Kelly, Cole switched from Defensive End to Outside linebacker. Cole got back into his groove with 8 sacks and 56 combined tackles. This season was followed by another productive year, with 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 15 games.

Cole was released by the Eagles on March 4, 2015. He left Philadelphia with the second most sacks in team history, with 85.5 to Reggie White's 124.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

2015[edit]

On March 10, 2015, Cole signed a 2-year, $16 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[6][7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR Yds TDs
2005 Philadelphia Eagles 15 7 46 38 8 5.0 2 1 0 0 0
2006 Philadelphia Eagles 16 14 62 43 19 8.0 2 1 19 19.0 19T 1 1 1 0 0
2007 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 70 49 21 12.5 2 4 1 0 0
2008 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 77 59 18 9.0 2 2 0 0 0
2009 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 57 48 9 12.5 2 0 0 0
2010 Philadelphia Eagles 15 15 65 50 15 10.0 2 1 0 0 0
2011 Philadelphia Eagles 14 14 44 41 3 11.0 1 1 0 0 0
2012 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 40 24 16 3.0 1 1 0 0
2013 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 56 44 12 8.0 1 3 3 0 0 0
2014 Philadelphia Eagles 15 15 52 40 12 6.5 3 0 0 0
Total 155 145 569 436 133 85.5 1 14 1 19 19.0 19 1 19 3 1 0

Postseason[edit]

Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR Yds TDs
2006 Philadelphia Eagles 2 2 12 9 3 0.5
2008 Philadelphia Eagles 3 3 23 15 8 1.0 1
2009 Philadelphia Eagles 1 1 4 3 1
2010 Philadelphia Eagles 1 1 3 2 1
2013 Philadelphia Eagles 1 1 5 5 0 1.0 1
Total 8 8 47 34 13 2.5 2

Personal[edit]

Due to his off season hobby of hunting game, Cole has been nicknamed "The Hunter." He is the cousin of basketball player Norris Cole,[8] who plays point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "58 Trent Cole" (PDF). Philadelphia Eagles. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Former Bearcat Added to Pro Bowl Roster". gobearcats.com. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Trent Cole, Shaun O'Hara Fined $15,000 Each For Fight". The Huffington Post. December 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8560/trent-cole
  5. ^ "Eagles extend Trent Cole's deal". ESPN.com. March 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  6. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 10, 2015). "Indianapolis Colts to sign Trent Cole". NFL.com. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bowen, Kevin (March 10, 2015). "Colts Add Veteran Pass Rusher In Trent Cole". colts.com. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "#30 Norris Cole". Cleveland State Athletics. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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