Written by Matt Wixon
Former Cedar Hill football star William Cole signs with B.C. Lions of Canadian Football League
Anyone who has followed high school football in Texas for a few years knows about former Cedar Hill star quarterback William Cole, who led Cedar Hill to the Class 5A Division II state title in 2006. When I talked to Cole last fall for a story about the ups and downs in his life since then, he was looking for one last shot at football.
Now he’s getting it.
After an impressive performance for the British Columbia Lions at the Canadian Football League’s free-agent workout in Dallas, Cole has signed as a free-agent receiver.
As a senior at Cedar Hill, Cole passed for 1,606 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaged more than 10 yards per carry, finishing with 2,966 yards and 41 touchdowns. In the 5A title game, Cole needed only 14 carries to rush for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He was named SportsDay’s Player of the Year and, as a senior, he was the most entertaining (and to opponents, devastating) high school football player I’ve ever seen.
Cole was recruited heavily as a receiver out of Cedar Hill, but he signed with Oklahoma State as a defensive back. In the middle of a redshirt season, however, Cole was told he could play immediately if he switched to receiver.
He played in six games, caught two passes for 7 yards and rushed once for 3 yards. In the fall camp before his sophomore year, when battling for a starting spot at receiver alongside fellow sophomore and future Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Cole suffered a torn ACL.
Cole could’ve rehabbed the knee during a redshirt season and had three more years to play, but Cole didn’t play college football again. He left Oklahoma State, and although he worked out briefly with UNT in the fall of 2009, but left before the semester ended.
In December, Cole said he was working out, staying in shape and looking forward to one more chance.
“You have to be positive when the ball isn’t in your court no more,” he said. “It’s irritating to be patient, I ain’t going to lie to you. But it hasn’t broken me.”
The B.C Lions signed two other free agents after workouts in Dallas: former UNT defensive end Adrian Awasom and former Oklahoma offensive lineman Tavaris Jefferies.