As he stared up at the smoke billowing from Commonwealth Stadium, Jeff Mosier remembered thinking there was no way his son was going to play for Kentucky.
His son had just finished up camp and was considering walking on at UK.
Jeff Mosier recalled telling his son: "Cole, I don't think this place is for us. The facilities look a little, eh, compared to other places we've been. I don't know if this is the right fit.
"There's not a good vibe here."
A few minutes later, members of the former UK coaching staff were wrapping up camp when a light pole over the stadium exploded into flames.
"The fire trucks and the ambulances and the police started rolling in," Jeff Mosier recalled of the visit in June of 2012. "All the sirens and everything."
Needless to say it was alarming, so Cole Mosier, kept looking.
Months went by and Joker Phillips and his staff were let go.
Mark Stoops was hired to take over Kentucky's floundering program.
Stoops hired John Schlarman as his offensive line coach on a Thursday and Schlarman was on Mosier's high school doorstep at 8 a.m. the next Monday morning.
"That made Cole feel like maybe this is worth taking a look at again," Jeff Mosier recalled of the visit. "Coach Schlarman showed him around and showed him some of the changes and talked about the changes and Coach Stoops.
"And after that, no other place existed."
It was the start of a pretty remarkable story for a walk-on offensive lineman who came from a small school with almost no football history, fought through injury after injury and then earned a starting spot on the UK line as a walk-on red-shirt freshman.
Seeing his son on a television screen making a start against Florida two weeks ago at the Swamp left a high school football coach a little emotional.
"It was amazing to see how two years earlier, he's on the field in 2A football in Kentucky in a playoff game and now he's walking onto arguably one of the biggest, loudest stadiums in the country," Jeff Mosier said on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's just amazing the trip he's taken over the last two years and the hard work he's put in."
Mosier got a little bit choked up again on Wednesday when he read on Twitter that Stoops had said plans to put the 6-foot-6, 348-pound left guard on scholarship.
Stoops said on his teleconference that Mosier will be awarded a scholarship soon for his efforts, much like UK has done for fellow offensive lineman Max Godby and cornerback J.D. Harmon.
"I would anticipate Cole going on as well because he's done everything we've asked him to do," Stoops said. "He's played very well and we feel good about him in there."
Stoops called Mosier a steal for Kentucky, which will play host to Vanderbilt on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
"Absolutely we feel like we got a steal," Stoops continued. "Absolutely. Any time you get a walk-on that works his way into the starting lineup and plays effectively, you feel good about that, you feel like you got a steal."
A shoulder injury sidelined Mosier his freshman season of high school, then when he should've been going to camps trying to catch the eye of a big-time school, he was rehabbing a torn up knee that he injured playing basketball.
At no point did Cole Mosier want to quit, but there were times his dad, an defensive backs coach at Walton-Verona, worried about the toll it was taking on his son's body.
"Probably I was more afraid as a parent for him about continuing on with his injuries," Jeff Mosier said. "There was never any stop in Cole. He knew what he wanted to do and he was going to do it. That's what he did."
The younger Mosier also knew he wanted to play college football at the highest level. So the offers he had to play at NAIA schools didn't feel like enough.
He wanted more and he found it at Kentucky.
Mosier is the first player from his small school in Boone County to play Division I football.
At a recent junior varsity game, Jeff Mosier had a woman pull him aside and mention that she'd always paid attention to UK basketball, but now because of his son she loved the football team, too.
He likes the message Mosier's success sends to the kids at the small independent high school.
"I love what he's gone and done," Jeff beamed. "He's walked on at an SEC school and he's worked himself into some playing time and I'm really happy for him, but I'm also happy that what he's been able to do shows some of the kids in our smaller community that 'Hey, he did it, maybe we can do it, too. All it takes is putting in the extra effort to get there. And it's not impossible to get there.'"
Not only has Mosier started the past two games, he's played well and played a lot because of injuries to other linemen.
After the three-overtime loss at Florida, quarterback Patrick Towles said his left guard, who played every snap, "went in there and just played absolutely out of his mind."
Towles admitted that if he had been told early in his career that he was going to walk into the Swamp with a redshirt walk-on freshman starting at left guard, he might have flinched a bit.
"I would have been a little worried about it," he smiled. "But if you would have told me that was Cole Mosier, then I would not have been worried at all."
Mosier hasn't been perfect, his coaches said, but he's been good.
"He's had an opportunity and made the most of it," Schlarman said on Tuesday. "He's really progressing like all those red-shirt freshmen. He's taking his lumps from time to time, but that's no different than anyone who's his age mixing it up in the SEC competition for the first time."
In hindsight, Mosier's dad wouldn't have had this story go any other way.
His son wasn't signed based on potential of projections or rankings.
When Cole puts on the Kentucky uniform as a scholarship player for the first time soon, it will be because of his hard work.
"I'm more happy that he earned it this way than if he'd gotten a full scholarship to start off with," Jeff Mosier said. "It means something more like this."