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Cole Chewins had a forgettable 2018 season but the Michigan State football lineman could get redemption in 2019. What does he need to do?

It took Cole Chewins about 5-6 games into the 2018 season to really feel like himself again. By that time, though, Michigan State’s offense was already a disaster.

Coming back to full strength in the middle of a disappointing season isn’t ideal, but Chewins felt the need to prove himself as a leader and ended up playing the fourth-most offensive snaps. He didn’t fare as well as he hoped, though, going from clear starter in 2017 to rotational player.

Chewins was once a left tackle starter but is now being looked at as the right tackle for 2019, and that might be just what he needed to get back on track and earn some redemption after a lost season.

The former walk-on has put in plenty of work to get to this point. He was an honorable mention for the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team back in 2016 one year after redshirting and earning a scholarship and he worked his way into the starting lineup in 2017. The 2018 season was up-and-down, but he kept a level head and is in a prime position heading into 2019, especially with some added weight.

In fact, he’s up to 303 pounds now which is only going to help bolster the offensive line at the tackle position, likely opposite Jordan Reid.

People may doubt the former walk-on, but no one expected him to earn a scholarship after walking on in 2015 to a College Football Playoff roster, but he did just that.

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Don’t sleep on Chewins in 2019 because he’s ready to prove people wrong.