Danny Coale, WR
School: Virginia Tech | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Lexington, VA
01/03/2012 – Scouting the Virginia Tech passing game: Thomas got better over the year’s second half when he began hitting more passes down the field. WRs Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale are the top two receivers in school history, while Marcus Davis and D.J. Coles are reliable No. 3 and 4 receivers. The line allowed just 14 sacks, six in the two losses to Clemson.
Cole’s draft stock began to rise with an excellent showing at the scouting combine in February. He ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash and displayed strong route-running and good hands in positional drills. That was only a precursor to the 4.37 40 he ripped off at his March 15 pro day to go along with a 37-inch vertical. Born in Lexington, Va., Coale was a versatile weapon at Episcopal high school where he played wide receiver and defensive back while also returning punts and kickoffs and handling kicking and punting duties. After earning all-state honors three straight seasons, including twice being named to the first team, Coale redshirted as a freshman at Virginia Tech. He used the practice time wisely, as he jumped into the mix in 2008 to lead the Hokies with 36 catches. Coale played a team-high 559 offensive snaps as a sophomore, hauling in 30 catches. After another 39 catches in 2010, Coale added a career-high 60 as a senior to finish his career second in school history in receptions and receiving yards.
A dependable, productive performer who is hard to get off the field … Is at his best in the clutch … Works hard at the little things that help make him so valuable … Enters his final year already ranked in the top 10 at Tech in receptions and receiving yards … Serves as the No. 2 punt returner and plays on several special teams as well … Could be asked to take over the punting duties this fall after a good showing during spring practice … Won the President’s Award for the offensive player who demonstrated the most outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring workouts.