Audie Cole Steals The (4th Quarter) Show

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 17, 2012 – 10:23 pm

Seventh-round picks often times live a life of anonymity when they first enter the NFL. That type of existence ended suddenly for Vikings rookie LB Audie Cole on Friday night at Mall of America Field. Intercepting a pass and returning it for a TD – twice – will do that for a guy.

That’s what Cole did late in the Vikings second preseason game of the 2012 season, right in front of thousands of Vikings fans who decided to stick around for the late stages of the exhibition game, a contest the Vikings won by count of 36-14. Even more remarkably, Cole’s two touchdowns came on back-to-back plays, increasing the Vikings lead from 22-14 to 36-14 instantaneously.

Cole’s first INT came on a 2nd and 10 play from the Buffalo 11-yardline. Former Vikings QB Tyler Thigpen dropped back and quickly threw a pass intended for WR Naaman Roosevelt, but Cole jumped the route to grab the INT and sprinted toward the goal line. Cole was tackled as he extended the ball toward the goal line, and officials ruled the play a TD. After a replay review, the call was upheld. On the ensuing Bills drive, Brad Smith replaced Thigpen at QB and Cole intercepted his first pass, another quick throw intended for Roosevelt. This time Cole sprinted to the end zone uncontested and was greeted by a throng of teammates in the back of the end zone.

“To see Audie do what he did, that’s a big deal,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “You could see the jubilation from his teammates. Everybody on the team was in the end zone with him on that second one. It’s pretty impressive. We’re excited for him.”

Frazier also astutely pointed out that Cole has a knack for the big play, referencing the sack Cole registered last week against the San Francisco 49ers in his NFL debut.

The general takeaway from Friday night’s game will be how sharp the Vikings first-team offense looked, with QB Christian Ponder going 10 of 13 for 136 yards with a TD and RB Toby Gerhart rushing for 30 yards on 6 carries. But for the late part of the 4th quarter, anyway, it was Cole who stole the show.

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33 Responses to “Audie Cole Steals The (4th Quarter) Show”

  1. By CA_Viking_Fan on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Great hustle by Audie! Keep working hard and playing your heart out. Rooting for you to make the team!

  2. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Cole definitly has made the team. Now he just needs more reps with the 2nd team D. He is the best backup LB we have. Glad the FO finally hit on a late round LB (Homan,Triplett). Brinkley better watch out Cole may steal his job.

  3. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

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  5. By dee jay born on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    keep doing your thing Audie Cole.expecting to hear your name more often during the season.

  6. By Rocksalt on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great job Audie!

  7. By GoPack on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Audie goes from being a two star Quarterback out of high school to a draft steal as an LB. Hope he keeps it up….one of my favorite pack players

  8. By Vikeman56 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Now lots of us think that Cole could make it to the 2nd team and maybe even the first team. We all know he can make the big play. But is he a sound tackler? Can he drop back into coverage? If he could do that he could steal Brinkley’s job.

  9. By dollardidit on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Credit where credit is due….. from teammates, coaches, bloggers and fans. Hopefully espn will catch up with everyone else and notice Audie’s two interceptions and two TDs as well.

    Way to go Audie! Keep up the hard work, and remember – your #1 fan in Myrtle Beach, SC, Deanna Marie Dollar is very proud of you!

  10. By Frederick Jones on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply


    I think he proved he can drop back into coverage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By Vikings1 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not too bad for low round draft pick, as a matter of fact not too bad for any draft pick, and with a name like Audie you have to like him, maybe he was named after former medal of honor winner and actor Audie Murphy, anyway he is AWESOME!

  12. By iaVIKE on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Audie is just a flash in the pan! He won’t last long!

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  14. By Richard1A on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cant fool me, poor passing by the qb. Same as last week with Elimimien, he caught a tipped ball, stuff doesnt happen in real games. I say start Solomon Elimimien and Audie Cole! they have shown the most promise at QB!!

  15. By secgenfan on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    audie may have been playing against 3rd string but 2 in a row and for touchdowns thats not a fluke. besides has anyone else done that for us 3rd string or not?

  16. By Richard1A on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Schreeeech…….I mean at LB Linebacker

  17. By robb on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cole is NOT a fluke.Watch him flourish.

  18. By campfrazier on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    What a freak! Who does that. DANG! Seen him at camp and was intrigued, I liked what he did as S.F. Now I’m a supporter for sure.

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  20. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cole is a sure tackler. He droped from mid round pick to late because his 40 time was bad. He plays faster than his 40 suggests.

  21. By Woodboat on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    iaVIKE = buzzkill

  22. By Woodboat on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I will say that foot speed is pretty danged important for a LB, though. I distinctly remember reading many blasts about Ben Leber not being able to seal the edge because of his “slow 40 time”. That being said, I gotta admit I’m pulling for the kid to make the team…

  23. By monty in miami on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    This Cole kid looked impressive. To make it in this league it takes heart and determination, and he seems to be right on track. Sure right place right time probly came into play for him in this situation. But I will say this much, how many times has the ball been right there in a LB’s hands and been dropped? What he did do was show that his head is in the game, and that he deserves a spot on this team, hands down. anyone questions that must be out of their mind….. Keep up the good work Audie, you got a fan in me…

  24. By iaVIKE on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply


  25. By oDIm on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    If preseason’s 2nd half is for making the team. He did. The forty is clearly overrated. You play well above the shoulders, and you do things like that. Judgement is underrated.

  26. By alaska viking on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    I say we play him with the 1st team and see what he looks like.It’s the only way to see if he’s for real.I think he is!He may provide a disruption freeing up someone else to make a play,Go Audie!

  27. By rory from n.w.ark on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply


  28. By Dan Didario on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a Viking fan my whole life but this year is the Most exciting because Audie Cole is on the team and he is from Monroe, MI. I know him and his family personally and believe me, HE is the REAL DEAL! Great Talent, Great Kid, Geat Family. The Vikings will go places when Audie is playing. Given the chance he will prove that to everyone. The first 2 preseason games are only the beginning….

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  30. By Jake on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    what i like about A.C. is he lines up low but at the snap he is taller than most or all of the d linemen and can get up vertically, and has great vision. Hope he makes the team. I would like to see him get a shot with the first team during the pre season, just to shut the nay sayers up!

  31. By yikesitsthevikes on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    Audie Cole will make the team. The most impressive thing i see from him, is his awareness and tackleling ability. There is no doubt in my mind over time he will be the starting MLB.

  32. By puckertrucker on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    great Steals and end runs keep it going Audie, Your #1 in my book.

    The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

  33. By jimbo92107 on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    Cole looks like the real deal to me. Great football instincts; doesn’t matter how fast you are if you run in the wrong direction.

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