Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Five Spartans selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Defensive end Shilique Calhoun became the first Michigan State defensive lineman in school history to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors three times.
Class of 2015 won the most games (43) of any senior class in Michigan State history.
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
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• THREE-TIME FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN SELECTION (2013-15)
• THREE-TIME SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (2013-15)
• 2015 HENDRICKS AWARD FINALIST (DEFENSIVE END OF THE YEAR)
• TWO-TIME LOMBARDI AWARD SEMIFINALIST (LINEMAN OF THE YEAR)
• TWO-TIME BEDNARIK AWARD SEMIFINALIST (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR)
• TWO-TIME TEAM CAPTAIN
• 2013 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
CAREER NOTES: Selected in the third round (No. 75 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders . . . four-year letterwinner was a three-year starter as a defensive end (2013-15) for the Spartans . . . one of four players in the Mark Dantonio era to be elected a team captain twice (Greg Jones, Kirk Cousins, Max Bullough) . . . three-time second-team All-American (2013, 2014, 2015) . . . one of only eight Spartans in program history and first defensive lineman to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors three times (2013-15) . . . had 131 career tackles, including 44 for losses (268 yards) with 27 sacks (211 yards) . . . dynamic playmaker appeared in 54 career games, including a team-high 41 consecutive starts to close his career (42 starts overall) . . . finished his career tied for the most games played ever by a Spartan (54) . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss yardage (first with 268), sacks (second with 27), sack yardage (second with 211), tackles for loss (fourth with 44), fumble recoveries (tied for 10th with five) and forced fumbles (tied for 15th with four) . . . had two blocked kicks in his career . . . 34 percent of his career tackles were for losses (44 TFLs/131 tackles) . . . was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times in his career (twice in 2015; once in 2013) . . . one of three Spartans in school history to have scored three defensive touchdowns in his career (T.J. Turner; RJ Williamson) . . . earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in December 2015.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Had nine tackles, including 4.0 for losses (15 yards) and 2.5 sacks (13 yards), in four bowl games . . . in his final career game, tallied four tackles, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), against No. 2 Alabama in the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl . . . 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 . . . had one tackle against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . 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.
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Named second-team All-American (Associated Press, CBS Sports, Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele, Walter Camp Football Foundation) for the third year in a row . . . also earned honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) for third straight year . . . Athlon Sports and Phil Steele first-team All-Big Ten selection . . . named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year) . . . semifinalist for Lombardi Award (collegiate lineman of the year), Chuck Bednarik Award (collegiate defensive player of the year) and Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . recipient of the team’s Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Defense) . . . led the Spartans in sacks (career-high 10.5 for 74 yards), tackles for loss (career-high 15 for 82 yards) and quarterback hurries (18) . . . also had three pass break-ups . . . his career-high 10.5 sacks (0.75 pg.) ranked third most in the Big Ten and 22nd in the FBS; they also ranked seventh most in an MSU single-season . . . his career-high 49 tackles were first among Spartan defensive linemen . . . ranked sixth on the team with 124 production points during the regular season . . . in his final career game, tallied four tackles, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), against No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl . . . recorded three tackles for loss (17 yards) and two sacks (16 yards) and finished with six tackles overall in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa; also was credited with a forced fumble on his 8-yard sack of C.J. Beathard late in the second quarter . . . tallied 18 production points in his final appearance at Spartan Stadium in the win over Penn State; had two QB hurries, two tackles and broke up a pass that led to Malik McDowell's 13-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Nittany Lions . . . credited with three tackles in MSU's 17-14 win at No. 2 Ohio State, as the Spartans ended the Buckeyes' 23-game winning streak and limited OSU to 132 yards of total offense . . . named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and the Lott IMPACT Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 27-23 win at No. 12 Michigan; recorded five tackles, including a career-best 3.5 for losses (11 yards) and two sacks (6 yards), and had 31 production points against the Wolverines . . . the Spartan defense forced Michigan to go three-and-out on six possessions and limited the Wolverines to season lows in total yards (230) and rushing yards (62) . . . wore No. 43 in tribute to injured linebacker Ed Davis in the Michigan game . . . had four tackles, including a half sack (6 yards), and was credited with two QB hurries at Rutgers . . . posted six stops and had three QB hurries vs. Purdue . . . named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording a season-high six tackles vs. Central Michigan, including three tackles for loss (three for 24 yards) and a career-high tying 2.5 sacks (24 yards) . . . also was credited with four quarterback hurries, one pass break-up and a blocked kick against the Chippewas; finished the game with a team-high 37 production points, the most by a Spartan defensive player this season . . . recorded four stops vs. Air Force . . . tallied three tackles, including a 1-yard sack, in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . recorded a 9-yard sack in the season opener at Western Michigan.
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 39 tackles, most among Spartan defensive linemen . . . led the Spartans with 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 STATISTICS
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2013................ 14 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 18 1.3 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 18 0.3
INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2013................ 14 1 56 1 56 56.0 4.0 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 1 56 1 56 56.0 1.0
ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 56 56 4.0 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 0 0 0 0 56 56 1.0
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2011................ 0 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2012................ 13 4 2 6 2.5-2 2 0 0 0 2013................ 14 20 17 37 14.0-75 1 2 4 0 2014................ 13 28 11 39 12.5-109 0 1 1 1 2015................ 14 22 27 49 15.0-82 3 1 0 1 TOTAL............... 54 74 57 131 44.0-268 6 4 5 2
SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2011................ 0 0 0 0.0 0 2012................ 13 1 0 1.0 1 2013................ 14 6 3 7.5 45 2014................ 13 7 2 8.0 91 2015................ 14 9 3 10.5 74 TOTAL............... 54 23 8 27.0 211
CALHOUN'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 7, vs. Minnesota (11/30/13)
Tackles for loss: 3.5, vs. Michigan (10/17/15)
Sacks: 2.5, twice (last vs. Central Michigan, 9/26/15)