ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It was a bear hug in the middle of Schembechler Hall from offensive tackle Taylor Lewan that made Maggie Cole know her youngest child, Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), would be fine moving far from home and settling in Michigan.
“He came in and introduced himself and said, ‘Oh, I don’t shake moms’ hands; I hug them,’ “ Maggie said. “I looked at Mason and said, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy, you’re like his mini clone.’ And then we spent time with him, and I thought everything about Taylor, well, this is Mason in five years.”
Lewan’s play on the field is obviously something Cole aspires to. But where Maggie saw the real connection in the two tackles was how they connected to their teammates and the people around them.