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Shilique Calhoun | Defensive End

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250

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Recent News 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." Aug 23 - 11:50 PM

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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."
Aug 9 - 5:50 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
Jul 28 - 4:57 PM

NFL scouts are "already buzzing about the pro prospects" of Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun, according to'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."
May 30 - 11:21 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's Bucky Brooks compared Michigan State redshirt sophomore DE Shilique Calhoun with seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, whom Brooks calls "one of the top pass rushers in college football," has collected 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in nine games this season. Calhoun averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds as a senior on his high school basketball team, and he's retained his athleticism while beefing up from the 218-pound lean athlete that moved to East Lansing a few years ago. Calhoun is "the fastest rising defensive prospect on draft boards around the league," according to Brooks, and is "exhibiting some of the traits Strahan showcased during his career."
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 08:05:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore DE Shilique Calhoun has scored three defensive touchdowns in two games.

Calhoun has scored on two fumble returns and an interception return. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi called the redshirt sophomore the "running back of the defense," since he has scored the most touchdowns on the team. It has already been a more productive season for Calhoun compared to 2012, where he totaled 2.5 tackles for loss in 13 games.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 03:21:00 PM