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Shilique Calhoun | Defensive End

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250

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Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "currently lacks the functional strength to guarantee a first round selection, especially in a draft as deep and talented at edge rusher as this one," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Calhoun announced he would return to campus for his senior season on Sunday, joking that the NFL Advisory Committee told him he'd be the No. 1 overall pick. He wouldn't disclose what he actually heard from the board, though Spartans' head coach Mark D'Antonio said Calhoun was told he was likely to be a Day 1 pick. It's impossible to know if that's actually the case, as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last week that Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the committee. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder posted eight sacks this season and 15.5 sacks, 26.5 TFL, 26 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles over the past two years. He was ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board. Jan 12 - 12:49 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun will return to campus for his senior season.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, who started the season slow due to consistent double teams, posted eight sacks this season. He was ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board. Calhoun's announcement comes on the heels of Tony Pauline's report last week that Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee. He likely would have gone late in Round 1, or early in Round 2. Calhoun joins quarterback Connor Cook in returning to campus, while junior defensive back Trae Waynes opted into the draft.
Jan 11 - 2:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee.

"[He] was flummoxed as he fully expected to be stamped as a first rounder despite a disappointing campaign," Pauline wrote. "Word is Calhoun is still undecided as to whether or not he’ll enter the draft." Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reported similarly the day after Christmas, writing that there's an "awfully good chance" the Spartan stays in school for another year. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has first-round talent, but didn't have the best season.
Jan 3 - 3:31 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun has met with a number of agents who want to represent her son, according to Rand Getlin.

Obviously Calhoun is considering declaring for the draft, just like many other fourth-year juniors. Still, Calhoun does have another season of eligibility remaining and Getlin cites one source who believes there's an "awfully good chance" the Spartan stays in school for another year. Calhoun wins with length and power.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 09:55:00 AM

Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun told reports that it's "not definite that I'm leaving."

The full quote: "It's not definite that I'm leaving, honestly. You definitely shouldn't just write it off like that (that he has decided he's leaving). I don't know. It hasn't been really in my thoughts all year. I'm not going to let it take hold of me now." Calhoun is rated by some as a first-round pick. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder started the season slow after facing consistent double teams. Evaluators aren't concerned about him, however.
Source: MLive.com
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 08:45:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun as the No. 20 overall prospect on his updated big board.

Calhoun is "just constantly in the backfield creating pressure and allowing others to make plays," Kiper writes. We do not think Calhoun will test overly well in terms of lateral agility scores, however, Kiper calls attention to his upfield quickness and "lanky" build.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 12:10:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper was contrite in his most recent Big Board column that he'd dropped Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun too far the previous week.

"I had dropped him for a week, but I went back and took a closer look and I think it was probably unfair," Kiper wrote. "Calhoun has impressive quickness and the ability to close in a hurry when he creates space as a pass-rusher, and has the look of a lanky defender who would specialize in getting upfield quickly, but he also shows plenty of strength and leverage against the run." Kiper wasn't alone in feeling jitters about Calhoun's slow statistical start. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun is often double teamed. Understandably.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "is in desperate need of a breakout game" versus Nebraska, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Nebraska is allowing only 1.7 sacks per game this season and Calhoun managed only two tackles and no sacks against the Huskers offensive line a year ago, but he made an impact on the opening drive in last year's match-up with a forced fumble and recovery that set the tone early for the Spartans. Calhoun is in desperate need of a breakout game and he won't have a better stage than this," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun is off to a slower start than expected and only has two sacks through four games and only has 9 total tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun hurt his stock as he "struggled to put much pressure on the Ducks' backfield," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

"While Oregon's Jake Fisher helped himself on Saturday with his performance, it was the opposite for Calhoun who struggled to put much pressure on the Ducks' backfield, Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun only had four tackles on Saturday, with very little disruption in the backfield, while failing to record a sack. The Spartans prospect also missed some snaps due to a wrist injury, which Calhoun said after the game will be fine.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun faces an "excellent test" when he faces "an athletic and versatile offense" on Saturday against Oregon, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun bends well off the edge with natural flexibility and coordination in space to easily change directions, something that will be tested when Oregon threatens the edges," Brugler wrote. "Calhoun needs to develop a functional power element to his game and his snap anticipation and technique are both underdeveloped, but the unpolished skill-set shows a lot of promise and facing an athletic and versatile offense will be an excellent test." Calhoun, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, recorded 7.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hurries last season, tying for the NCAA lead with three defensive touchdowns. NFL.com ranked him as the seventh-best player in college football over the summer.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 04:19:00 PM

NFL.com ranks Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun as the No. 7 player in college football.

"Disruptive edge player with exceptional strength, power and body control. Rare defender capable of destroying the run or pass from the corner," Bucky Brooks said. Calhoun, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, recorded 7.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hurries last season. He also tied for the NCAA lead by scoring three defensive touchdowns, which helped Calhoun earn several All-American votes. "Rushes off the edge, and gets home like a fast-breaking basketball player," Charles Davis said. Mike Huguenin added: "He was often overlooked on his own defense last season. But that won't be the case this season, when he will show he is the best defensive lineman in a league with a lot of them."
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:50:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "is terrific in pursuit," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect recorded 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season and received several All-American votes. "Calhoun is the top pro-prospect [at Michigan State] and has been a good player two years running," the analyst wrote. "He’s an undersized defensive end and natural pass rusher who can come out of a three point stance or stand up over tackle. More than an up the field defender, Calhoun is terrific in pursuit, running down ball handlers from behind."
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun isn't yet a polished product and his hand use needs coached up to improve his shed technique and rush ability, but he does a nice job using his length to jolt blockers. He shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick if he can continue to develop as a junior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound prospect recorded 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season, and was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, while receiving several All-American votes.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 04:57:00 PM

NFL scouts are "already buzzing about the pro prospects" of Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Big, fast and physical are the traits defensive coaches covet in defensive ends at the pro level," Brooks wrote in succinct explanation. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder with long arms collected 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception last season, all while tying for the FBS lead with three defensive touchdowns. Brooks compared him with seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan in November. "Calhoun is a stout player at the point of attack, exhibiting brute strength and power on the edge," Brooks wrote. "Although he flashes enough speed and quickness to get home on speed rushes, he is a street fighter adept at pummeling opponents with force. Thus, Calhoun is ideally suited to play left defensive end in a scheme that allows him to wreak havoc against the run or pass from the strong side."
Source: NFL.com
Fri, May 30, 2014 11:21:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore DE Shilique Calhoun told reporters he has committed to return for the 2014 season.

Calhoun registered 14 tackles for loss this season and was the Spartans top player along their defensive line. His skill will definitely be tested against Stanford's talented offensive line, specifically left tackle Andrus Peat.
Source: MLive
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 02:06:00 PM