The Big Ten media is casting their preseason votes on Friday, and after the votes have been tallied, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun has been named the preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
Preseason vote for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
1. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State (13)
2. Randy Gregory, Nebraska (10)
3. Michael Bennett, Ohio State (4)
4. Joey Bosa, Ohio State (1)
4. Jake Ryan, Michigan (1)
There might be some surprise surrounding this pick, given the fact that the man that he edged out for the honor, Randy Gregory, is already considered one of the top draft picks for 2015. But there’s no doubting that Calhoun is deserving of the prestigious distinction.
In helping lead the Spartans to the Big Ten Championship and subsequent Rose Bowl victory last season, Calhoun was one of the key cogs on one of the best defenses in the country.
Overall last year, Calhoun tallied 7.5 sacks with 14 tackles for loss. He finished the year with 37 total tackles by the time all was said and done.
This season, Calhoun will be looked upon once again to lead this Michigan State defense as they seek a return trip to Indianapolis, and possibly a trip to the College Football Playoff.
If Calhoun plays like the Defensive Player of the Year, then it’s certainly possible.