Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) stand on the field during the 1st quarter of a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Shilique Calhoun garners watchlist honor


EAST LANSING – The Lott IMPACT Trophy on Wednesday was the first major college football award to release its annual pre-season watch list.

The award, named after former NFL legend Ronnie Lott, selected 42 of the nation’s top defensive players to its watch list, including Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun.

Calhoun, a 6-foot-4, 257-pound junior, is one of seven Big Ten players named to the honor’s watch list. He has a great shot at winning it after the season he had last year.

The Big Ten named Calhoun the 2013 Defensive Lineman of the Year last season while both the coaches and media picked him as a First Team All-Conference selection.

He was named a Second Team All-American by Walter Camp, Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today in a break-out season that saw him record 37 tackles (20 solo), 7.5 sacks and one interception returned for a touchdown (56 yards).

“Shilique Calhoun had a breakout year from his defensive end position,” said MSU coach Mark Dantonio in January. “He’s a high-motor guy, who has the knack for making big plays. Shilique played at a consistently high level all year, not only pressuring the quarterback but playing versus the run as well.”

Calhoun prepped at Middletown Northern in Middletown, N.J. and was rated the No. 69 defensive end in the country by Scout.com during his senior season.

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