Michigan State fifth-year senior defensive end Shilique Calhoun has been named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Calhoun recorded a season-high six tackles in No. 2 Michigan State's 30-10 victory Central Michigan, with three resulting in losses (24 yards) including 2.5 sacks (24 yards). His six stops were one shy of his career high (vs. Minnesota, 2013) while he matched his career highs for tackles for loss and sacks. His previous career highs for tackles for loss and sacks came against Michigan in 2013. Calhoun also was credited with four quarterback hurries, one pass break-up and a blocked kick against CMU. He finished the game with a team-high 37 production points, the most by a Spartan defensive player this season.
“What we saw from Shilique against Central Michigan is the dominant performance that we expect out of him, and most importantly, what he expects out of himself, said Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton. “The team was in need of a spark and his timely sacks and blocked field goal really changed the complexion of the game.
“The difference between this year and last year is that Shilique is learning to make adjustments each and every play. He knows that offenses are game planning against him, so he has found ways to utilize better technique to make plays.”
With his performance against the Chippewas, Calhoun moved up to No. 6 on MSU's all-time list with 21 career sacks. Calhoun also climbed to No. 9 on MSU's all-time charts with 34 career tackles for loss. He also ranks among MSU's career leaders in tackles for loss yardage (third with 220 yards) and sack yardage (fourth with 171 yards).
This marks the second time in his career Calhoun has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 9, 2013, vs. South Florida).
Calhoun becomes the fourth Spartan to be recognized with a player of the week honor by the Big Ten this season (Riley Bullough, defense, Week 2 vs. Oregon; LJ Scott, freshman, Week 2 vs. Oregon; Aaron Burbridge, offense, Week 3 vs. Air Force).
No. 2/2 Michigan State (4-0) opens Big Ten play this Saturday, Oct. 3 at noon in Spartan Stadium vs. Purdue (1-3).
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