Sep 9, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore defensive Shilique Calhoun has collected several weekly honors after scoring two 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.
Calhoun was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. He also was tabbed as the CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Week, the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week and National Defensive Lineman of the Week, and made the weekly Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll.
Calhoun added to his awards when he was named the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Calhoun 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. 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.
In two games, Calhoun has scored three defensive TDs, as he also returned a fumble 16 yards against Western Michigan. He is 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).
Calhoun is the only defensive player in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season to score three touchdowns in the first two games and leads the Spartans in scoring with 18 points.
MSU (2-0) returns to action Saturday, Sept. 14 to take on Youngstown State (2-0) at 2 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN.