Calhoun, Drummond & Waynes Named To Bednarik Award Watch List
July 8, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun, fifth-year senior free safety Kurtis Drummond and junior cornerback Trae Waynes have been named to the 2014 Bednarik Award Watch List, according to an announcement made Monday, July 7 by the Maxwell Football Club. The Bednarik Award has been presented to college football's defensive player of the year since 1995.
The 76-player watch list features 10 players from the Big Ten. Michigan State leads the Big Ten with three players on the Bednarik Award Watch List.
In addition, Calhoun is one of five defensive players who have been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, has been given annually to college football's most versatile player since 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission.
As a sophomore, Calhoun led the Spartans in quarterback hurries (18), QB hits (34) and sacks (7.5 for 45) while earning second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, USA TODAY, SI.com and Athlon Sports. The 2013 Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year ranked second on the defense in tackles for loss (14 for 75 yards) and production points (238). He led the Spartan defensive linemen with 37 tackles (tied with nose tackle Micajah Reynolds). Calhoun, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media, also ranked second (tied) in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with four fumble recoveries, which is tied for fifth most in an MSU single-season. He produced a tackle for loss in 10 of his last 13 games while ranking sixth (tied) in the Big Ten in sacks and eighth (tied) in tackles for loss.
Calhoun scored three defensive touchdowns in 2014 to tie for the NCAA FBS lead. His three defensive TDs tied a modern-day Michigan State single-season record (games dating back to 1946), and he became the first Spartan to accomplish the feat in the first two games of the season. Calhoun 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 (88-yard interception return at Purdue; 26-yard fumble return at Northwestern; and 24-yard fumble return vs. Florida in 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl).
He was named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award (presented to the nation's top defensive end). In addition, Calhoun was named to CollegeFootballNews.com's All-Sophomore Team (first team). He also was added to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List after Week 3 (nation's most versatile player).
"By no means is Shilique Calhoun a finished product and he knows that," MSU defensive line coach Ron Burton said. "Last season, he proved that he was is one of the top defensive playmakers in the country but that only made him hungrier for more. During the offseason, Shilique took it upon himself to improve in all aspects of his game, but most notably, he wants to emerge as one of our team leaders.
"If you thought last year was special, hold on, because Shilique has the opportunity to prove once again that he is one of premier defensive impact players in the country."
The 6-foot-4, 257-pound Calhoun totaled four tackles, including half a sack (3 yards), two QB hits and a QB hurry in Michigan State's victory over No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.
He produced a career-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for losses (12 yards) and a half sack (1 yard), in MSU's home finale against Minnesota, as the Spartans held the Gophers to a season-low three points.
He recorded career highs tackles for loss (3 for 19 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 17) in MSU's 29-6 win over No. 23 Michigan. He also was credited with six tackles, two QB hurries and a career-best seven QB hits.
The Middletown, New Jersey, native produced three tackles, including 1.5 for losses (8 yards), and forced a fumble in MSU's 42-3 victory at Illinois. Early in the second quarter, he disrupted a reverse in the backfield, tackling Ryan Lankford for a 7-yard loss and forcing a fumble that Marcus Rush recovered at the Illini 23. Four plays later, Jeremy Langford scored on a 1-yard run to give the Spartans the lead for good at 7-3.
Calhoun contributed two tackles, including a 3-yard sack, two QB hurries and three QB hits in MSU's 14-0 win over Purdue. MSU's defense recorded its first shutout since 2011 (44-0 over Florida Atlantic) and its first against a Big Ten opponent since 1999 (34-0 at Northwestern). The Spartans limited Purdue to three first downs, 7 rushing yards (10 carries) and 113 total yards in the second half.
He was credited with three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, four QB hurries and six QB hits in MSU's 26-14 victory at Iowa.
Calhoun collected several weekly honors after scoring two touchdowns and recording two tackles for loss, including a 9-yard sack, in MSU's 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7 at Spartan Stadium. He totaled 43.5 production points against the Bulls.
Calhoun was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, Chuck Bednarik Award National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week. He also was selected CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. In addition, Calhoun was listed on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 2.
Calhoun scored two TDs 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. He was credited with three solo tackles against the Bulls, with two resulting in losses (12 yards) including a 9-yard sack, and two quarterback hurries. Michigan State's defense allowed 12 first downs, 89 rushing yards (2.5 yards per carry), 66 passing yards and 155 total yards against South Florida.
He returned a fumble 16 yards for a score in the season opener against Western Michigan and was credited with three QB hits.
Drummond ranked second on the team in tackles (career-best 91 stops) and passes defended (10). He also recorded 3.5 tackles for loss (18 yards). The 6-1, 200-pound Drummond tied consensus All-American and Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard for the team lead with four interceptions. He finished third on the team in production points (225) and pass break-ups (6). He also was listed among the Big Ten leaders in interceptions (tied for third) and passes defended (10; tied for 10th).
An honorable mention All-American according to SI.com, Drummond was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second-team all-conference by the media.
"Kurtis Drummond is the unquestioned quarterback of our defense," Spartan secondary coach Harlon Barnett said. "He's very intelligent, has great ball skills, and he's a very good tackler. We expect Kurtis to have an outstanding senior year."
The Masury, Ohio, native posted five tackles each against Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game and Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Drummond matched his career high with 10 tackles in the regular-season finale against Minnesota. He recorded a career-best two interceptions (34 yards), six tackles and a pass break-up in the 30-6 win at Northwestern, as Michigan State clinched the Big Ten Legends Division. At Nebraska, Drummond tallied a team-high 10 stops, picked off a pass and forced a fumble as the Spartans won their first-ever game against the Cornhuskers. He accounted for eight tackles, a pass break-up and 21 production points in MSU's 29-6 win over No. 23 Michigan.
Drummond made nine stops in a shutout win over Purdue (14-0). He recorded four tackles, an interception, a pass break-up and scored on a 21-yard run off a lateral from linebacker Jairus Jones in the 2013 season opener against Western Michigan.
In his first year in the starting lineup, Waynes earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media after finishing third on the team in interceptions (3) and pass break-ups (5) and seventh in tackles (50). He ranked eighth on the team in production points with 132 and was named to CollegeFootballNews.com's All-Sophomore Team (second team).
The 6-1, 183-pound Waynes recorded three tackles and an interception against Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game. He registered a career-best two interceptions in the regular-season finale against Minnesota. Waynes contributed five stops each in back-to-back road games at Nebraska (added a fumble recovery and pass break-up) and Northwestern, including a 3-yard tackle for loss. He also made five tackles each at Illinois (pass break-up) and against Indiana. Waynes produced a career-high six tackles in the Big Ten opener at Iowa.
"Trae Waynes is one of the fastest defensive backs that I've ever coached," Barnett said. "He has great length, good ball skills and he's tough. Trae can tackle as well as cover. He's a complete corner."
The award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a three-year starter at center and linebacker at the University of Pennsylvania who became a two-time first-team All-American. As a senior in 1948, Bednarik won the Maxwell Award (college player of the year) and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He became the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1949 NFL Draft. Bednarik spent his entire 14-year career with the Eagles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, his first year of eligibility. Two years later, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on Nov. 3. Three finalists for the award will be identified on Nov. 24, with the winner announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11.
The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on March 6, 2015, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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