EAST LANSING — Dylan Chmura entered camp as a freshman with a chance to make an impact this season at a wide open tight end position.
Whether that will happen or not remains to be seen, but Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman likes the potential he sees in the son of former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura.
“You see a lot of potential,” Bollman said. “There’s still a lot to learn. It’s not fair to evaluate him as an overall player yet. But you can see a lot of potential as an athlete.”
Chmura is behind the older tight ends right now as he goes through that freshman learning curve and gets adjusted to the college game. The 6-foot-4 Waukesha, Wis., native worked primarily wutg the third team in MSU’s first fall scrimmage Saturday.
“There were good things, there were also bad things (in the scrimmage),” Chmura said. “Really, it was just a big learning experience for me. There were some mistakes, but the only way you can really learn is by making mistakes and know how to do it right the next time.”
Chmura said blocking was an area he knew needed improvement heading into camp and he felt that was where some of his issues were in the scrimmage.
“From day one, I knew that (an area I need to improve) was going to be blocking,” Chmura said. “Going against the bigger, stronger guys, it was a challenge. But coach Bollman has taught me different techniques. I’ve been able to watch film and just kind of see where my errors have been and build off of them so I can become a better blocker.”
While Bollman seemed to indicate this week that the older tight ends were more of factors right now (Andrew Gleichert and Paul Lang are doing most the all-purpose work and Michael Dennis was a factor in blocking situations), he wasn’t ready to rule yet that a redshirt was likely for Chmura.
“It’s never too soon to say what’s gonna happen or to late to say what’s going to happen,” Bollman said. “We’ll have to see how things are in a few weeks from now.”
And Chmura still would like to see if he could make some strides over the last half of camp.
“Obviously the goal always is as a freshman coming in to play,” Chmura said. “I’m just going to leave that in the coaches’ hands. It’s in my control, but out of my control. He decides who the best players are that go into the games. I just try to come out and put my best effort on the field every day.”
Chmura said his father has urged him to stay patient as he goes through his first camp.
“(My father tells me) don’t get discouraged, it’s a lot of information coming at you right away,” said Chmura, who has talked to his father daily through camp to keep him updated on what’s going on. “Obviously, he went through it twice, once at Boston College and once in Green Bay. He said the biggest thing is just to be patient because your time will come.”
TWO SPORTS?: Dylan Chmura won the Division 1 state shot put title in the spring as a senior at Waukesha West and said he’s thought about the possibility of participating in both football and track at MSU.
“If the coaches will let me I’d definitely love to try to do that,” Chmura said. “I tried throwing the college weighted disc before I left and it wasn’t bad at all. The heavier it is, really in my mind, the farther it will go because you can spin faster. But I’m excited to see what happens this spring. Obviously it can’t interfere with any football stuff.”
Chmura said he hasn’t approached MSUs track staff about the possibility because his focus right now is on football and adjusting to the college game.