Nick Bosa is almost unanimously considered the best pass rusher in college football and is an absolute lock to be a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, assuming he decides to declare.
But Rutgers offensive tackle Tariq Cole, an NFL Draft prospect himself, isn't backing down from the challenge of blocking Bosa this weekend. In an article on Bleacher Report earlier this year, he reminded everyone that the elite pass rusher has yet to register a sack against him, and he aims to keep it that way.
"When you watch him, you can tell he's at a different level," says Rutgers tackle Tariq Cole. "His stance, start, get-off, hand placement. He does a great job at that stuff. But the thing I respect the most about him is he's not only technically sound, but you get the same effort from him every play."
Cole says he wishes he'd had a chance to play against Joey Bosa because he's heard he's the same type of player. "All I know is Nick hasn't gotten a sack off me," says Cole, whose Scarlet Knights visit Ohio State on Sept. 8. "It's up to me to keep it that way."
That's a bold statement and a sure way to get Bosa's best on Saturday, but it sounds like that's exactly what Cole wants.
Their battle in the trenches will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Columbus as the Buckeyes open Big Ten play at home against Rutgers.