Calhoun is tied for the team lead with six sacks this season.
Cook named semifinalist for Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the year), while Calhoun is named semifinalist for Bednarik Award (outstanding defensive player of the year).
In its Big Ten opener Saturday night, Michigan State limited Nebraska to 47 yards rushing on 37 attempts - nearly 308 yards below the Huskers' season average.
Free safety Kurtis Drummond, offensive guard Travis Jackson and defensive end Shilique Calhoun have been elected captains by their peers.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
Michigan State vs. Rutgers (USATSI)
Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.
Michigan State vs. Indiana
Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State
LOMBARDI AWARD SEMIFINALIST
BEDNARIK AWARD SEMIFINALIST
LOTT IMPACT TROPHY QUARTERFINALIST
MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN (CBS SPORTS, SECOND TEAM; PHIL STEELE, THIRD TEAM)
2013 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
2013 SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (WALTER CAMP, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ATHLON SPORTS, SI.COM, USA TODAY)
2013 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN SELECTION (COACHES AND MEDIA)
CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner is in his second season as a starting defensive end . . . in 38 career games, has 76 tackles, including 27.5 for losses (174 yards) with 15 sacks (125 yards) . . . has started 25 consecutive games . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss yardage (sixth with 174), sack yardage (seventh with 125), sacks (ninth with 15), fumble recoveries (tied for 10th with five) and tackles for loss (17th with 27.5) . . . elected a co-captain by his teammates . . . 36 percent of his career tackles have gone for losses (27.5 TFLs/76 tackles) . . . dynamic playmaker was ranked among college football's Top 25 players for 2014 (No. 4) by ESPN.com . . . named Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year by a conference media panel . . . named the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year . . . earned second-team All-America honors in 2013 from Walter Camp, Associated Press, SI.com, and USA TODAY . . . tied for the FBS lead in 2013 with three defensive TDs, which also tied a school record.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award (college lineman/linebacker of the year) . . . named one of 20 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Player) . . . named one of 32 players on the Midseason Hendricks Award Watch List (Defensive Lineman of the Year) . . . named Midseason All-American by CBSSports.com (second team) and Phil Steele (third team) . . . Midseason All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele (first team) . . . named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . has 33 tackles on the season, including 11 for losses (97 yards) and 6.5 sacks (79 yards) . . . ranks fourth on the team with 128 production points . . . ranks second in the Big Ten and sixth in the FBS in sack yardage (79) . . . also ranks second in the conference and seventh in the FBS in tackles for loss yardage (97) . . . ranks fourth in MSU single-season history in tackles for loss yardage (97) . . . ranks tied for eighth in the Big Ten in sacks (6.5; 0.59 pg) and tied for 12th in tackles for loss (11; 1.0 pg) . . . recorded a tackle for loss in his eighth straight game with a 2-yard loss at Maryland; had three tackles overall against the Terrapins . . . 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 . . . 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 . . . majoring in criminal justice.
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)