Bears 2015 Football Preview: Linebackers
Senior center selected to Valley’s top preseason squad; MSU picked to finish ninth by league’s coaches, media and sports information directors
Schaffitzel claims unprecedented third-consecutive Team MVP Award Sunday
Schaffitzel earns third-straight first-team MVFC All-Academic citation, while Beisel and Cole get second-team nods
Bears' senior safety earns third straight first-team all-conference nod
Named honorable mention on the Preseason All-MVFC Team ... 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).
High School: Was a Missouri Class 3 consensus all-state running back after he compiled 2,002 rushing yards on 225 carries for 33 touchdowns for the state champions at Logan-Rogersville High in 2011 ... Also caught 23 passes for 511 yards and another 10 scores for the Wildcats and Coach Doug Smith ... Logan-Rogersville was 14-1 his senior year ... Registered 102 total tackles, 7 for loss and a pair of interceptions as a senior at linebacker ... Rushed for 75 yards and had 5 tackles in the 2011 Show-Me Bowl win over John Burroughs in St. Louis ... Named MHSFCA Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 as well as Central Ozarks Co-Offensive Player of the Year and SWMFCA Offensive Player of the Year ... Was also all-conference, all-region, All-Ozarks and all-district at both RB and DB in 2011 ... Carried 210 times for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior with 1,816 all-purpose yards and 20 scores ... Was a third-team all-state RB in 2010 as well as all-district, All-Ozarks, all-region and all-conference ... Played for four state playoff teams and three district championship teams and finished his career with 4,172 rushing yards and 61 ground touchdowns ... Also competed in math competitions in high school.
Personal: Dylan McKalob Cole was born 5/19/94 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Tacoma Bailey and Traci Cole of Rogersville, Mo. ... Has three siblings -- Devon, Daelyn and Danae ... Majoring in Sales Management.