Audie Cole

Audie Cole

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Audie Cole in 2014.
No. 57Minnesota Vikings
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-06-01) June 1, 1989
Place of birth: Monroe, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Monroe (MI)
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 210
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2016
Total tackles: 75
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Audie Raymond Cole (born June 1, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State and was drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early years

Cole played as a quarterback, safety and linebacker at Monroe High School. He was a three-year starter at quarterback and also played defense as a senior. He threw for 3,285 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career and was named All-league as a senior after rushing for 10 touchdowns and throwing for more than 1,700 yards. Cole also lettered in baseball and basketball at Monroe, and was a Golden Glove winner in boxing.

Regarded as a two-star recruit, Cole was ranked as a top-30 player out of the state of Michigan by[1] He chose North Carolina State University after originally committing to Central Michigan.

College career

As a freshman in 2007, Cole redshirted the season at linebacker.

Freshman season (2008)

In 2008, Cole saw action mainly on special teams, and his 213 specialty snaps ranked third on the team. He totalled 14 tackles during his freshman season.

Sophomore season (2009)

As a sophomore in 2009, Cole started all 12 game, leading NC State's in tackles with 85 stops, finishing second in tackles for loss with eight and also tallying four sacks. He led the team in stops versus Florida State (9) and North Carolina (10). He racked up a career-high 13 tackles at Virginia Tech. He was recipient of the team's Al Michaels Award, which is given to the player who "puts team before self.

Junior season (2010)

As a junior in 2010, Cole played the Sam linebacker spot, but moved to middle linebacker in the spring, leading the defense with 809 snaps from scrimmage. He tied for the team lead in tackles with 97, while his 10.5 tackles for loss ranked third among Wolfpack players. He tied his career-high with 13 stops in the win at North Carolina. In that game, he had a six-yard sack and also recovered a fumble. He led the team in tackles at Central Florida with a dozen, including a sack, two others for loss, and also pulled down his first career interception. For his performance, Cole was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week by the league and the ACC Player of the Week by

Senior season (2011)

In the spring drills, Cole moved to middle linebacker for his senior season.

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 246 lb32 34 in10 in 4.78 s 1.68 s 2.86 s 4.29 s 6.96 s 35 in 9 ft 6 in 15 reps
All values from NFL combine, except 40-yard dash from NC Pro Day[2]

Minnesota Vikings

Cole in 2015.

Cole intercepted 2 passes, on consecutive plays, in the Vikings second preseason game against the Buffalo Bills returning both for touchdowns on August 17, 2012.[3]

On November 7, 2013 Cole was waived by the Vikings to make room for OT Kevin Murphy who was signed out of the practice squad due to injuries on the team.

On November 9, 2013 Minnesota Vikings re-signed Audie Cole.

On Week 13, he was named starting MLB, in place of Erin Henderson.

In week 9 on November 8, 2015, Cole started his first game of the season in place of injured Eric Kendricks against the St. Louis Rams.[4] Unfortunately, Cole suffered a fractured ankle in the fourth quarter against the Rams, ending his season.[5]

Personal life

Cole cut his trademark long hair during the 2013 off season and donated to a charity program benefitting youth fighting cancer (Children With Hair Loss) in Michigan. He took part in 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener weekend activities in Park Rapids, Minnesota, helping youth get involved in outdoor activities and helping promote outdoors programs through Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He graduated in 2011 with a parks, recreation and tourism degree.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  2. Audie Cole Draft Profile –
  3. Rookie Buzz: Vikings' Audie Cole - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
  4. Murphy, Brian (November 6, 2016). "Vikings Will Sub Audie Cole for Injured Eric Kendricks vs. Rams". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  5. Gonzalez, Jason (November 8, 2015). "Vikings Linebacker Audie Cole Lost for the Season after Fracturing Ankle". Michael J. Klingensmith. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

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