Michigan State junior tight end Dylan Chmura will take a medical redshirt this season, coach Mark Dantonio announced on Tuesday, due to struggles with concussions. He will remain with the Spartans as a student assistant, Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News reports.
Entering his fourth year with the Big Ten program, Chmura stood in line to see some fullback duties and potentially also function as the Spartans’ long-snapping specialist, but his career may be in jeopardy now despite the presumed redshirt leaving him with two more seasons worth of eligibility.
The son of former Packers tight end Mark Chmura, the 6-foot-4, 256-pound Dylan has not contributed anything statistically to his college team yet. He redshirted in 2013 and then played in all 13 Spartans games as a backup in 2014. As a sophomore last season, he saw some action behind a deep cadre of tight ends in East Lansing, playing behind starting tight end Josiah Price and then-senior fullback Trevor Pendleton. Chmura did not make any catches for the Big Ten champions last season.
Price and fellow senior Jamal Lyles’ status would have still made it difficult for Chmura to see extensive time at tight end, with sophomore Jake Sokol being a potential performer there as well. He’d be eligible, should the NCAA green-light his medical redshirt, for the 2017 and ’18 seasons with the Spartans. But being sidetracked by concussions, especially in today’s football environment, makes it uncertain the depth player will return to the game.
Chmura committed to Michigan State as a two-star recruit and 247Sports.com’s No. 89 tight end in the country in 2013.