January 17, 2013

Hard work pays off for Cherrington

A little under two years ago, Dewayne Cherrington visited Mississippi State's campus for junior day exploring the possibility of walking on to the Bulldogs football team.

At the time Cherrington was a two-way standout at Holmes (Miss.) Community College with scholarship offers to Troy and Louisiana Tech. But the massive standout decided to take a chance at MSU and it is a risk that paid off.

"I had a couple of scholarship offers coming out of junior college but nothing I really wanted," Cherrington said. "I wanted to come to Mississippi State because I'd heard so much about the coaches. I came up here to visit a couple of times and I loved it."

Cherrington went on to play in 21 games for the Bulldogs over the last two seasons drawing six starts at defensive tackle. He notched 36 career tackles including 3.5 for loss and one pass breakup.

During his final season this past fall, Cherrington recorded 24 stops, one for loss and a pass deflection appearing in all 13 games and earning six starts.

But starts, playing time and notoriety were not the only things Cherrington earned while at State. He was also awarded a full scholarship during his tenure as a reward for his hard work and effort.

"It meant a lot," Cherrington said. "It showed that I helped the program a lot and showed what this program is about. It means a lot to me. I can't really explain it."

Just as Cherrington's career began to take off it ended. He started five out of the final seven games for the Bulldogs but ran out of eligibility following the Gator Bowl.

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