Dec. 5, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore Shilique Calhoun has been named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given annually to the nation's best defensive end.
Vic Beasley of Clemson, Brad Daly of Montana State, Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas, Michael Sam of Missouri and Marcus Smith of Louisville are also finalists. The final vote for 2013 Hendricks Award will be concluded on Dec. 10, and the winner will be announced Dec. 11.
Calhoun, who leads the Spartans in quarterback hurries (17), QB hits (32) and sacks (7 for 42), was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year earlier this week. A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media, Calhoun ranks second on the defense in tackles for loss (13.5 for 72 yards) and production points (227). He also ranks tied for second in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with four fumble recoveries, which is tied for fifth most in an MSU single-season. Calhoun has produced a tackle for loss in nine of his last 11 games; he ranks fifth in the Big Ten in sacks and tied for sixth in tackles for loss.
Calhoun was named a Midseason All-American by SI.com (second team) and Phil Steele (second team).
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun produced a career-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for losses (12 yards) and a half sack (1 yard), in Michigan State's home finale against Minnesota, as the Spartans held the Gophers to a season-low three points. He recorded career highs in tackles (6), tackles for loss (3 for 19 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 17) in Michigan State's 29-6 win over No. 23 Michigan. He also was credited with two QB hurries and a career-best seven QB hits.
The Middletown, N.J., 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 lose 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 a career-best 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 additon, Calhoun was listed on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 2.
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 12 games, Calhoun has scored three defensive TDs, as he also returned a fumble 16 yards against Western Michigan. His three defensive TDs tie 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 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 one of only two defensive players in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season to score three touchdowns this season.
ABOUT THE TED HENDRICKS AWARD: The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of University of Miami three-time Collegiate All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks. On-field performance, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria used to determine the award winner. The candidates may represent any class (freshman through senior) as well as any recognized four-year NCAA member school (Division I through Division III).