I caught up with former Hokies receiver Danny Coale last week as he prepared himself for the start of organized team activities this week. Coale suffered every injury you could imagine during a frustrating rookie year, but he’s hoping to make the roster and make an impact in his second season.
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In the four years after he took a redshirt at Virginia Tech, wide receiver Danny Coale never missed a game, playing in 55 straight contests to conclude his college career.
So an injury-riddled debut season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t have been any stranger.
Coale suffered a stress fracture in his foot during Dallas’ first organized team activity last spring, endured quad and hamstring problems as he tried to make the roster and finally saw his star-crossed rookie season come to an end when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament while on the practice squad in November.
“It was just a mess of a year,” he said.
Now, motivated by last season’s frustrations and heartened by what he thinks has been an ahead-of-schedule rehab program, Coale is back with the Cowboys as they begin OTAs Tuesday, eager to prove to the club that he’s not someone who will spend all of his time in the training room.
“I just want to show them I am a player that can play healthy and stay healthy,” Coale said.