Michigan State has a kickoff specialist who isn’t giving opponents the chance to come up with successful returns.
Cole Hahn is – by far – the best kickoff specialist Michigan State has had since Kevin Muma.
Go ahead and chuckle if you want to think that the kickoff specialist is “just the kickoff guy.”
But think back to when kickoffs were scary for even some Spartan teams that were lethal in every other department.
Saturday night against Indiana, Cole Hahn kicked the ball off six times – five of them were touchbacks.
He’s booted the ball into the endzone regularly through the first three games of the season.
He’s completely negated the possibility of a return impacting the game against Michigan State.
For anyone wondering about Cole Hahn – take a look at the chap here in his team photo –
Does that help to put our obsessions over the successes and failures of these guys in to a little bit of perspective?
Does it help to put me in my place the next time I throw a bowl of stuff against the wall after a play that didn’t go the way I wanted it to?
Hahn is…….supposedly……..5’10” and…………apparently……..192 pounds.
He’s a redshirt freshman West Des Moines, Iowa.
I’ve always loved Des Moines – but I can’t honestly say that I knew there even was a West Des Moines.
Here are some of Cole Hahn’s vitals:
- Four-year letter-winner at West Des Moines Valley High School.
- Made 15-of-19 field goals with a career-long of 52 yards as a senior.
- Was 23-for-33 on field goals for career.
- Tallied 61 touchbacks on 66 kickoffs.played in the River Battle Bowl All-Star game and booted a 59-yard field goal .
- Was also a three-year letter-winner for Valley’s soccer team.
- Helped the Tigers to a Class 3A state championship in 2016 and a runner-up finish in 2017.
- Son of Doug and Colene Hahn.
- Born Jan. 3, 1999.
- Was a high school teammate of freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi at Valley High School.
- Kinesiology major.
That last item – Cole Hahn’s major?
Hey, Cole Hahn – I enrolled for a class in the Fall of 1992 that was called “Coaching 101.”
What to do on 3rd and short?
How to attack a 2-3 matchup zone?
I had stumbled on to the dream class.
I made the suggestion to my buddy Jack Doyle that he enroll in the class with me.
Perhaps this was the start of our coaching careers and we’d soon be coaching on George Perles’s staff.
Doyle would probably be the offensive coordinator and I’d be the defensive coordinator.
Three classes in, Doyle and I realized that “Coaching 101” was, basically, a pre-med class and was the introductory study of the fundamentals related to the science of kinesiology.
I didn’t know what kinesiology was, I didn’t know how to spell kinesiology, and I had very little interest in learning anything about kinesiology.
Doyle and I walked home from the fourth or fifth class (or, it might have actually been the tenth or eleventh since we might not have attended the first week or two of the classes since we knew we’d be able to catch up with the class discussions about the best way to execute the prevent defense) and we discussed how we would get ourselves out of the mess we were now in.
I had already dropped at least one class (maybe two) that semester and I wasn’t in a position to drop any more.
Doyle had already dropped three or five of his classes that semester and he wasn’t in a position to drop “Coaching 101” either.
As we walked through the campus, paying zero attention to the gigantic rally that was taking place featuring presidential candidate Bill Clinton right in front of Beaumont Tower, it dawned on me that I had been swindled by Michigan State University since the class was improperly titled.
Over the course of the next couple of days, I walked into a dozen or so administrative offices, met with at least a dozen Michigan State academic administrators – and I eventually met with the dean of Michigan State’s School of Kinesiology.
It didn’t take any more than a minute or two for any of these administrators to realize that I was not someone who would be able to keep up with the kinesiology folks.
As I explained to each one of them that I enrolled in the class because it was called “Coaching 101,” every single one of them had the same reaction – “Well – you’re absolutely right – that’s kind of a lousy name for the class – we should probably change the name of it so this doesn’t happen again…”
I’m proud to say that Michigan State University listened to me and after my discussions with all of the folks, the name of the class was changed to “Kinesiology 101.”
I was also refunded my money for the class.
Cole Hahn – keep kicking the crap out of the ball on kickoffs.
And enjoy kinesiology – I know you’re far more equipped to become a terrific kinesiologist than I ever was…..