Cole has the strongest arm, but Austin definitely has zip on the ball too.
Cole had some nice throws but he also threw not so good ones. He had an int and had some others that also could’ve been picked off. Not unusual for a freshman to do that.
Going back to Austin, I remember his last state championship game being very windy. It was very unpredictable because it was a swirling wind at WMS. Best I can’t recall his passes still had a nice tight spiral despite throwing in a headwind, crosswind, etc.
Cole reminds me a lot of Ryan Mallett when he first arrived. He can throw the ball a mile, but he can pass it?
There was a short pass the other day - probably within 5 yards - and Cole just threw the ball too hard. It was like he was trying to complete a pass 15 yards downfield. It went right off the receiver’s chest. He never had a chance to catch the ball.
Most of his bad throws are the result of poor footwork. That is his biggest downfall right now. He does not look comfortable taking snaps from under center, which is common for a lot of quarterbacks coming out of high school these days.