UK’s Mosier steps up when needed

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. – When Kentucky lost senior left tackle Jordan Swindle on the first drive against Missouri with a groin injury, offensive line coach John Schlarman had few options for to replace him.Cole Mosier committed to the University of Kentucky as a preferred walk-on to play football.Cole Mosier committed to the University of Kentucky as a preferred walk-on to play football.Freshman tackle George Asafo-Adjei and senior left guard Zach West were battling minor injuries. Sophomores Nick Haynes and Kyle Meadows were already in the game at left guard and right tackle respectively.With his options limited, Schlarman turned to the line’s Mr. Versatility, sophomore Cole Mosier.“He was the one that was healthy,” Mosier said. “It was a pretty easy decision.”Mosier, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship before the season, spent most of his redshirt freshman year bouncing between left guard and right guard. During spring practice he moved to right tackle to compete with Meadows and Asafo-Adjei for the starting job, but his first snaps at left tackle came in practice before the Missouri game.“Cole’s a guy I’ve moved around to every position – except center,” Schlarman said. “He’s a guy (who if) you ask him to do something, he’ll do it.”Mosier did not exactly ease into playing left tackle. Against Missouri, he was frequently matched up in one-on-one situations with defensive end Charles Harris, who leads the SEC in tackles for loss.He was flagged for a hold during his first drive that negated a 48-yard reception, but was able to bounce back to hold his own against the All-SEC contender.“I thought I was definitely good,” Mosier said. “We learned the scouting report. I paid attention to what he did and what he likes to do and my technique put me in the right position.”With Kentucky facing third-and-10 at the Missouri 29-yard line in the fourth quarter, Harris tried a spin move to reach quarterback Patrick Towles in the backfield, but Mosier adjusted and kept Harris from the pocket. Towles completed a 24-yard pass to Garrett Johnson for a first down, and one play later found Dorian Baker in the end zone to make it a two-score game.“If he don’t block him then we don’t get it off,” UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. “So, he rushed and did a spin move inside, and he just stoned him. It gave us time to get the ball off, which is huge.”Swindle could return to the starting lineup against Eastern Kentucky, but the Kentucky coaches know Mosier can fill in if needed.“He held up very well,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “He was one of the players of the game for us within our team and really graded out well and performed well and battled hard.”Email Jon Hale at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ .last_img