Two years before Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole came out of nowhere and began beating NFL defenses, Kentucky Wesleyan coach Brent Holsclaw was firing up his computer — with a purpose. It was a Monday morning in November 2015, two days after Holsclaw watched as Cole, then a junior receiver for the Panthers, caught 11 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns during a thrilling 39-31 victory over UNC Pembroke. Holsclaw had gotten used to seeing Cole do terrific things on a football field. But that effort was especially impressive. “It was a performance like I had never seen before,” Holsclaw said. One he couldn’t let go overlooked. At that time, the private Methodist college located in Owensboro, Ky., that competes at the Division II level had never had a player sign an NFL contract. Holsclaw believed Cole had the talent, work ethic and big-time production to change that. So he clicked open his email, attached film of Cole running precise routes and making important catches and sent it to all 32 teams.
As Keelan Cole stars for the Jaguars, those back home remember his long path to the NFL
Jacksonville Times-Union | Dec 23