The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Michigan State junior Shilique Calhoun.
Calhoun, the 2013 B1G Defensive Lineman of the Year, has already been named to the preseason watch lists for both the Nagurski and Bednarik awards, which are given to the top defensive player in the country.
Now Calhoun has been named to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the top defensive lineman/linebacker in the country. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is made up of 123 players from 73 different schools who earned a spot on the list by being named All-Americans, being named to All-Conference teams or receiving 2014 preseason honors.
Calhoun burst onto the college football scene in his sophomore year, announcing his presence early in the season with three defensive touchdowns in the Spartan’s first two games. He proved to be more than just johnny-on-the-spot, finishing the year with 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He was arguably the most feared player on the Spartan’s dominant defense in 2013, earning him plenty of accolades.
He was a second-team All-American, first-team All-B1G and the B1G Defensive Lineman of the Year as previously mentioned.
Shilique Calhoun will look to build off of his excellent 2013 campaign in order to live up to the lofty expectations being set by his appearance on so many preseason watch lists. If he is able to do so, he may find himself in a position to declare early for the NFL Draft as he has already been projected as a top-5 pick in next years draft should he declare.
Many other Spartans have been named to preseason award watch lists, including several members of the Spartan Dawg defense.
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