Former West Henderson quarterback Dalton Cole has been named USA South Conference Rookie of the Week after a standout performance for the Brevard Tornadoes against Methodist, securing Brevard’s first win of the season, 46-31. Cole was 21/33 passing, throwing for 292 yards and two passing touchdowns, with one rushing touchdown to cap off his performance.

Although he knew he had played a great game, he never expected to win a rookie of the week award, Cole said.

“I was shocked, I didn’t know I won the award until I walked into our team meeting Monday morning,” Cole said. “My coach told me I’d be on a talk show that night, which I thought was cool.”

Not only was the award a pleasant surprise, but it was a nice morale booster to win the award over some of the other players in his conference, Cole said.

“I haven’t really received a ton of awards and it was a great confidence boost,” Cole said. “To know that I won the award over a few other great athletes within the conference.”

Previous to his college career, Cole earned All-Conference honors in the WMAC, throwing for 817 yards and 7 touchdowns, while rushing for 357 yards and 8 touchdowns.

According to Cole, the most difficult part of transitioning from high school to college football is all the learning involved in order to elevate his game.

“The main thing going from high school to college is they complexity of the playbook and learning all the motions and shifts within the offense,” Cole said. “Another difficult thing would be finding where to look and who to read on all the different concepts.”

By: Cole Braswell, Sports Editor

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