Cole Mazza is a native of Bakersfield, California where he attended Liberty High School. As a prep, Mazza played mainly center during his career but he had immense talent as a long snapper. It was this knack for snapping that led him to being one of the top snappers in the country, garnering a three-star rating as a prospect and being selected as the #1 LS in the country by 247Sports.
After graduating, Mazza chose to attend Alabama over west coast schools like UCLA or Washington State.
Mazza went on to start every single game as a member of the Crimson Tide. He was perfect on every snap, as well. His performance earned him an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl where he was able to showcase his elite reliability for a host of NFL scouts.
Unfortunately, Mazza failed to stick with a NFL team following his collegiate career so he went to work as a fitness coach. He luckily earned a tryout with the Birmingham Iron of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football before getting a shot with the Chargers in 2019. The Chargers eventually chose Mazza over Mike Windt, the team’s longtime stalwart at the position, and he started all 16 games this past season.
We've signed LS Cole Mazza. pic.twitter.com/hudC6AY4es— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 9, 2019
Years with team: 1
“Cole Mazza signed a 3 year, $1,755,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $585,000. In 2020, Mazza will earn a base salary of $675,000, while carrying a cap hit of $675,000.” - Spotrac.com
He gets the job done, so there are no complaints over here.
Again, he gets the job done so he’s A-Okay in my book.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2020?
Mazza is going to be the team’s starting long snapper in 2020 as the Chargers didn’t bring in any type of competition for him. He replaced Windt prior to the 2019 season and I expect him to be the team’s long snapper for many years to come as team’s don’t usually replace special teams player unless they absolutely have to.