2013 (Sr.): 2013 (Sr.): Named All-American and first team All-Big South ... Did not allow a sack in 2013 and just seven hurries in 397 pass attempts ... Graded out at 90 percent for the year ... Had a team-best 90 knock down blocks ... Played a key role in Coastal Carolina setting 25 school records for offense and 17 Big South marks ... Helped All-American and Walter Payton Award finalist Lorenzo Taliaferro rank second in the NCAA FCS in scoring and third in rushing yards ... Coastal Carolina's final 2013 ranking among the NCAA FCS and Big South:
1st - 1st in fewest tackles for loss allowed (3.33 per game)
2nd - 1st in third down conversions (.513, 99-of-193)
3rd - 1st in red zone offense (.901 -- 73-of-81)
3rd - 1st in first downs (357 total)
5th - 1st in scoring offense (41.0 ppg)
8th - 1st in rushing (252.1 ypg)
11th - 1st in total offense (477.5 ypg)
26th - 4th in fewest sacks allowed (1.33, 20 total)
2012 (Jr.): After two years at left tackle, made the move to left guard, starting each of the first seven games ... Was on track for a third All-Big South honor before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the midway through the fourth quarter of the VMI game, missing the final six games ... Played a key role in Coastal rushing for 331 yards at VMI, the team's second-best effort of the season ... Was game captain for the Stony Brook game.
2011 (So.): Second team All-Big South, starting all 11 games at left tackle ... Helped Coastal Carolina lead the Big South for the second straight year in fewest sacks allowed, surrendering 11 in 11 games to rank 13th in the NCAA ... Coastal allowed as many as two sacks in a game three times, while having three games (Catawba, Georgia and Stony Brook) with no sacks ... Helped Aramis Hillary rank 12th in the NCAA and set a CCU single-season record in pass completion percentage (65.5) ... Recorded 49 knock-down blocks and tied for the team lead for best grade-out for the season ... Coastal also closed the season with Marcus Whitener and Travis Small each rushing for 100 yards, primarily following Cheatwood's lead on the left side of the line.
2010 (RFr.): Second team All-Big South, starting 11 of 12 games at left tackle (did not start the VMI contest due to injury, but still played) ... Graded out tops among the CCU front five for the season ... Helped Coastal allow just seven sacks --or 0.58 per game, best in the Big South and third nationally ... Stat is key in that Coastal had allowed 25 in both 2009 and '08 with Cheatwood being the new member of the group ... Coastal had five games without allowing a sack, including at West Virginia and Western Illinois in the NCAA playoff, and did not allow more than one sack in any one game ... Helped Coastal rush for 22 TDs, second-best in the Big South behind Stony Brook's 26, and pass for 23 TDs, second best in the Big South behind Liberty's 26 ... Helped Eric O'Neal set a school record (and lead the Big South) with 781 rushing attempts and Zach MacDowall set a school record with 347 pass attempts.
2009 (Fr.): Practiced but did not see game action taking a redshirt ... Named to the 2009-10 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Earned varsity letters his final three years at Boiling Springs ... Selected to play in the 2008 North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach his senior year ... Named to the Class AAAA All-State squad by the High School Sports Report as well as Honorable Mention All-State from The State ... Also a First Team Spartanburg Herald-Journal All-Area honoree his final two years, as well as the team's top offensive lineman ... Graded out at more than 90 percent and recorded more than 60 pancake blocks his senior season.
Personal: Son of James Cheatwood and Linda Nicholls.