Above photo of Reggie Cole courtesy of the UMHB Athletics Department
HAMILTON, ONTARIO- Former UMHB cornerback Reggie Cole is back on a Canadian Football League roster.
Cole was re-signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a team coming off a 8-6 record in 2021, on Thursday, and is in his second stint with the franchise. On June 21, 2021, the Houston native was acquired following an exceptional performance in The Spring League, but released on July 26 of that same year, and did not see action for Hamilton.
He is one of 10 defensive backs now on the active roster, with the CFL season opener scheduled for May 28 against the Montreal Alouettes.
The 24-year old began his professional career in 2019, after being drafted in the sixth round of the XFL draft by the DC Defenders. The XFL season was cut short due to Covid in the spring of 2020, and the league folded shortly thereafter, ending Cole’s tenure with DC.
A 6’2, 185 lb cornerback, he came to Belton in 2015 as a wide receiver, but switched to defense in 2016, the same year UMHB captured its first NCAA Title. During his sophomore year, Cole saw action at both cornerback and linebacker, playing in 12 games with 22 tackles and two pass breakups. His playing time increased to 14 games, six of them starts as a junior, when he tallied 5.0 tackles for loss and 34 tackles. As a senior in 2018, Cole earned All-American honors from the Associated Press and D3football.com, after he pulled in two interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown, and he also returned his lone fumble recovery for 24 yards and a score.
The Dobie High School product joins a Hamilton team that has won the Grey Cup 15 times in its 151-year history. He is one of two UMHB products in the CFL currently, with wide receiver Blake Jackson (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) being the other.