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#57 LB | 6'5", 239 lbs. | Minnesota
Birth Date:June 1, 1989 (25 years old) Hometown:Monroe, MI College:North Carolina State
Drafted:Drafted by Minnesota in 2012 (7/210).
Drafted:Drafted by Minnesota in 2012 (7/210).
Movements & Injuries
|12/27/2013||Ankle injury, injured reserve.|
|11/09/2013||Re-signed by the Minnesota Vikings.|
|11/07/2013||Waived by the Minnesota Vikings.|
|5/22/2012||Signed by the Minnesota Vikings to a four-year contract.|
|4/28/2012||Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round (210th Overall) in 2012.|
Audie Cole working with first-team defense | 05/31/2014 6:04 PM
NewsThe Vikings have used MLB Audie Cole in their base defense during OTAs.
ImpactCole made five starts filling in for Erin Henderson last year and is competing with Jasper Brinkley for the middle linebacker job. He could also replace Anthony Barr on the strong side in sub-packages, with Barr moving to an on-the-line pass rusher role. Chad Greenway will get the majority of his snaps on the weak side.
Vikings likely to add linebacker via draft | 04/19/2014 9:14 AM
NewsThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune belives the Vikings will select at least one linebacker in the NFL Draft.
ImpactDespite having eight linebackers on the roster, Minnesota's only sure starter is SLB Chad Greenway. The middle linebacker position will likely be manned by either Audie Cole or Jasper Brinkley, leaving the weakside linebacker position of second-year LB Gerald Hodges as the most likely area for upgrade. The Vikings have eight total picks in next month's draft.
Vikings MLB Audie Cole favorite to start | 03/22/2014 4:20 PM
NewsESPN.com's Ben Goessling considers Audie Cole the favorite for the Vikings' starting middle linebacker job.
ImpactCole made five starts filling in for Erin Henderson last year, finishing with 45 tackles and a sack. The Vikings released Henderson this offseason, leaving Cole to compete with Jasper Brinkley for snaps. The middle linebacker position is highly productive in Mike Zimmer's 4-3 scheme, so Cole is worth monitoring in IDP leagues if he wins the starting job. Minnesota is also high on 2013 seventh-rounder Michael Mauti and could target a middle linebacker in the early rounds of the draft.
Audie Cole to miss Week 17 | 12/23/2013 1:40 PM
NewsVikings MLB Audie Cole will miss Week 17 with an ankle injury.
Master Tesfatsion on Twitter
ImpactA second-year former seventh-round pick out of NC State, Cole showed some glimpses of emerging as Minnesota's middle linebacker of the future, racking up 45 tackles and starting five games. Pro Football Focus graded out Cole as sub-par against the run, but positively in coverage. This will be an IDP situation to monitor during the offseason. It's a high-production position.
Audie Cole sticking as Vikings' MLB | 12/04/2013 12:49 PM
NewsAudie Cole will remain the Vikings' starting middle linebacker going forward.
Tom Pelissero on Twitter
ImpactFilling in for Erin Henderson (personal) over the last two weeks, Cole has performed extremely well while racking up 22 tackles and one sack. Henderson is now back, but will move to the weak side. Cole is an IDP plug-n-play.
Audie Cole penciled in as starting MLB | 04/17/2013 11:37 AM
NewsCoaches have told Audie Cole that the starting middle linebacker position is open for competition.
ImpactLast year's starting middle 'backer Jasper Brinkley signed with the Cardinals in free agency, leaving Cole as the tentative starter. The 2012 seventh-round pick is expected to see competition in the form of an early-round rookie. It's an IDP situation to monitor as the underwhelming Brinkley managed 98 tackles a year ago.
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Career Regular Season Statistics
|2011||North Carolina State||NCAA||13||-||108||47||5.5||46||0||0||0||1||0|
|2010||North Carolina State||NCAA||13||-||86||37||5||31||1||0||0||2||0|
|2009||North Carolina State||NCAA||12||-||73||39||3.5||26||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||North Carolina State||NCAA||13||-||9||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
2013 Game Highs
|Tackles||11||at GB||Week 12||0|
|Assists||6||at Bal||Week 14||0|
|Sacks||1||at GB||Week 12||0|
|Sacks Yards||7||at GB||Week 12||0|
|Fumble Recoveries||0||13 times-last:at Cin||last:Week 16||0|
|Defensive TD||0||13 times-last:at Cin||last:Week 16||0|
|Interceptions||0||13 times-last:at Cin||last:Week 16||0|
|Interceptions Yards||0||13 times-last:at Cin||last:Week 16||0|
|Interceptions TD||0||13 times-last:at Cin||last:Week 16||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)