Cole Chewins Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team
Chewins owns a 3.91 grade-point average as a finance major.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State third-year sophomore offensive tackle Cole Chewins has been named a first-team Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Chewins, who is a junior academically after redshirting his first season in 2015, owns a 3.91 grade-point average as a finance major. He recently was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team for the second time in his career, and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the 2016-17 academic year.
“Cole is the true embodiment of what being a student-athlete is all about,” said Todd Edwards, Executive Director/Student-Athlete Support Services. “He has worked extremely hard on the football field since the day he stepped foot on this campus, and the same work ethic is reflected in his performance in the classroom and in the community as well. I’m very happy for Cole and his family, and we’re all so excited and proud of him to earn this prestigious honor with two years still left in his career. I truly believe he’s just getting started with what he can accomplish here.”
A native of Clarkston, Michigan, Chewins has started all 12 games at left tackle this season for the Spartans, who finished the season No. 16 in the final College Football Playoff rankings with a 9-3 record and will be looking for their 10th win of the season in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl against No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28.
Chewins earned his first letter in 2016 and has started 15 consecutive games at left tackle, tied for the third-longest starts streak on the team.
A former walk-on, Chewins earned a scholarship in January 2016 following his redshirt season in 2015. He is one of 15 players on the team’s Eagles leadership council this fall.
Chewins is the fifth first-team Academic All-America selection under 11th-year head coach Mark Dantonio (WR Blair White, 2009; LB Max Bullough, 2013; P Mike Sadler, 2013 and 2014).