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TWO-TIME SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
TWO-TIME FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
2013 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
CAREER/PRESEASON NOTES: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner enters his third season as a starting defensive end in 2015 . . . two-time second-team All-American (2013, 2014) and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2013, 2014) . . . has 82 tackles, including 29 for losses (186 yards) with 16.5 sacks (137 yards) . . . dynamic playmaker has appeared in 40 career games, including 27 consecutive starts (28 starts overall) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss yardage (sixth with 186), sack yardage (seventh with 137), sacks (tied for eighth with 16.5), fumble recoveries (tied for 10th with five) and tackles for loss (tied for 14th with 29) . . . 35 percent of his career tackles have gone for losses (29 TFLs/82 tackles) . . . one of 13 defensive players on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List . . . featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Lombardi Award (lineman of the year) . . . also named to the Nagurski Trophy (nation's most outstanding defensive player) and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch Lists . . . preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports (first team), Lindy's (first team), Phil Steele (second team) and Sporting News (second team) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick by Athlon Sports, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News . . . ranks among college football's top edge defenders (No. 6) to watch in 2015, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com . . . rated among Top 25 front seven players (No. 3) and among the nation's top 50 players (No. 23) by Sporting News.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named a second-team Walter Camp All-American for the second consecutive season . . . also named a second-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and Phil Steele, and a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports . . . honorable mention All-American by SI.com . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media for the second year in a row . . . joined College Football Hall of Famer Charles "Bubba" Smith (1965-66) and Sam Williams (1957-58) as the only other Spartan defensive ends to earn back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors . . . also a first-team All-Big Ten selection by ESPN.com and Athlon Sports . . . elected one of three captains by his teammates . . . named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award (college lineman/linebacker of the year) . . . selected as one of 20 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Player) . . . named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . defensive recipient of MSU's Up Front Award (most outstanding lineman) . . . recorded a career-high 39 tackles, most among Spartan defensive linemen . . . led the Spartans with a career-high eight sacks (91 yards) and tied for the team lead with 12.5 tackles for loss (109 yards) . . . ranked fourth on the team with 145 production points during the regular season . . . ranked second in the Big Ten and sixth in the NCAA FBS in both tackles for loss yardage (109 yards) and sack yardage (91) . . . also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in sacks (tied for fifth with 0.62 per game) and tackles for loss (tied for 11th with 0.96 per game) . . . ranked third in MSU single-season history in tackles for loss yardage (109) . . . had a tackle for loss in 10 of MSU's 13 games . . . helped anchor a Spartan defensive unit that led the FBS in rushing defense (88.5 yards per game) . . . recorded two tackles, including 1.5 sacks for 12 yards, and a forced fumble in MSU's 42-41 come-from-behind win over No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . posted four stops in MSU's regular-season finale victory at Penn State . . . recorded a tackle for loss in his eighth straight game with a 2-yard loss at Maryland; had three tackles overall against the Terrapins as MSU held UMD to 6 yards rushing . . . led the Spartan defense with 19 production points vs. No. 14 Ohio State; recorded five tackles, including 1.5 for loss (9 yards) with a half sack (4 yards) and one QB hurry against the Buckeyes . . . led Spartan defensive linemen with 15 production points in the win over Michigan, including three solo tackles with a 5-yard sack . . . led the Spartans with 17 production points at Indiana; had four tackles, including two for losses (20 yards) and one sack (11 yards) against the Hoosiers . . . collected 24 production points in victory at Purdue with five tackles, including a 15-yard sack . . . had productive game in win over No. 19 Nebraska, recording four tackles, including a 7-yard sack, three QB hurries and also recovered a fumble and returned it 38 yards . . . blocked a 42-yard field-goal attempt and recorded a 14-yard sack in the win over Wyoming . . . collected two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, and produced three QB hits to rank second on the team with 15 production points vs. Eastern Michigan . . . posted four stops at No. 3 Oregon . . . recorded a 23-yard sack on a fourth-down play in the third quarter vs. Jacksonville State; had two tackles overall with two QB hits and one QB hurry to total 17 production points against the Gamecocks.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (named for Michigan State's Bubba Smith and Penn State's Courtney Brown) . . . earned All-America honors from Walter Camp (second team), Associated Press (second team), SI.com (second team), USA TODAY (second team), Athlon Sports (second team) and Lindy's (third team) . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . also earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com, Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Athlon Sports . . . named recipient of the 2013 National Defensive Performer of the Year and Defensive Lineman Trophy by the College Football Performance Awards . . . was one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award (nation's best defensive end) . . . named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . ranked one of the top 30 players (No. 12) in the Big Ten by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . ranked tied for second in NCAA FBS with four fumble recoveries, including two returns for touchdowns (16 yards vs. Western Michigan; 4 yards vs. South Florida) . . . tied for the FBS lead with three defensive TDs, as he also had a 56-yard interception return vs. South Florida . . . his three defensive TDs tied a modern-day Michigan State single-season record (games dating back to 1946), and he was the first Spartan to accomplish the feat in the first two games of the season . . . became the first Spartan defensive player to score three TDs in one season since linebacker T.J. Turner accounted for three in 12 games in 1999 . . . his four fumble recoveries tied for fifth most in an MSU single-season . . . led team and ranked tied for second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks (45 yards) . . . ranked second on the team and tied for sixth in the Big Ten with 14 tackles for loss (75 yards) . . . led team with 18 quarterback hurries . . . also led the team with 34 QB hits, including a career-best seven against Michigan . . . ranked second on the defense with 238 production points . . . led Spartan defensive linemen with 37 tackles . . . registered four tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), and had a QB hurry in Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State . . . recorded a career-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss (12 yards) and a half sack (1 yard), against Minnesota . . . forced a fumble and also recovered a fumble to go along with two tackles at Nebraska . . . named CBSSports.com National Co-Defensive Player of the Week after producing career bests in tackles for loss (3.0 for 19 yards) and sacks (2.0 for 17 yards) in win over No. 23 Michigan; totaled six tackles and a team-best 33 production points against the Wolverines . . . collected three stops, including 1.5 for losses (8 yards), at Illinois; forced a fumble in the second quarter that eventually led to MSU's first TD of the game against the Fighting Illini . . . had two tackles, including a 3-yard sack, and was credited with three QB hits vs. Purdue . . . tallied a 9-yard sack vs. Indiana . . . had four QB hurries and three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in road win at Iowa; also had six QB hits against the Hawkeyes . . . credited with two tackles, including a 5-yard loss, at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . collected four QB hurries, recovered a fumble in the third consecutive game, and had two tackles, including a 3-yard sack, against Youngstown State . . . collected several weekly honors after scoring a school-record two defensive touchdowns and recording two tackles for loss, including a 9-yard sack, in Michigan State's 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7 at Spartan Stadium . . . was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Week and CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week . . . also was selected CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week; in addition, he was listed on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 2 . . . scored two touchdowns against USF, returning a fumble 4 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and his first career interception 56 yards for another score in the third quarter . . . was credited with three solo tackles against the Bulls, with two resulting in losses (12 yards) including a 9-yard sack, and two QB hurries; totaled 44 production points in the game . . . returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. Western Michigan and was credited with three QB hits.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in all 13 games as a back-up defensive end . . . had six tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss (2 yards) . . . tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries . . . also had two pass break-ups . . . led the team with two tackles for loss (2 yards), including a 1-yard sack, in the win over TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl . . . tallied a tackle and a pass break-up vs. Northwestern . . . collected two tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and had a quarterback hurry against Eastern Michigan in his first career start . . . recorded a tackle, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry in the win at Central Michigan.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week three times (vs. Youngstown State, Michigan and Indiana), most of any player on the team . . . also selected Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Florida Atlantic.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 69) . . . listed among the country's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 35) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Northeast and PrepStar's All-East Teams . . . rated among New Jersey's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 18) and Rivals.com (No. 21) . . . three-year starter for Coach Joe Trezza at Middletown High School North in Middletown Township, New Jersey . . . selected to the 2010 Coaches' All-Division Team (Class A North) as a tight end . . . earned third-team All-Shore Conference honors as a senior from The Asbury Park Press and All Shore Media . . . recorded 45 tackles in 2010, with 15 resulting in losses including four sacks . . . also credited with five pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries as a senior . . . had 28 receptions for 450 yards (16.1 avg.) and four touchdowns in 2010 . . . his best all-around performance came as a senior vs. Jackson Memorial: nine tackles, including four for losses, and two fumble recoveries to go along with eight catches for 152 yards and two scores . . . produced 30 tackles, including five for losses, as a junior . . . also caught 21 passes for 250 yards (11.9 avg.) and one TD in 2009 . . . averaged 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Lion basketball team in 2010-11 . . . named tournament MVP of the Buc Holiday Classic after scoring a career-high 38 points in the championship game vs. Freehold, including 17 in the fourth quarter . . . son of John and Cynthia Calhoun . . . born March 20, 1992 . . . on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in December.
CALHOUN'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 7, vs. Minnesota (11/30/13)
Tackles for loss: 3.0, vs. Michigan (11/2/13)
Sacks: 2.5, vs. Michigan (11/2/13)