Bad weather wasn’t the strongest force at the Michigan State-USF game this weekend. While the storms may have delayed the game, they couldn’t stop DE Shilique Calhoun from having a big game and being named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
Two weeks in a row, Michigan State has been delayed by rain, but the weather delays didn’t slow down the sophomore, who self-proclaimed his alter-ego as Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises” after showing up for the season opener with a six-bar face mask. Calhoun had two defensive touchdowns, including his first career interception and second fumble return of the season, three tackles and sack. As if the villainous alter-ego wasn’t intimidating enough, the stats he put up against USF proved he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Two-thirds of the Spartans’ score against USF came from Calhoun. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi told MLive.com, “Shilique, he’s our running back of the defense, I guess.”
Shilique Calhoun and the rest of the Spartans will take on Youngstown State this Saturday, which will end in the first loss of the season for one of the two teams. Youngstown State QB Kurt Hess had an impressive game of his own last weekend with an 84.2% completion rate, totally 282 yards. With Calhoun playing hot and ready, the Youngstown State offense will have their hands full trying to keep him from controlling the game.
Will it be week three of rain delays for the Spartans? Or will Calhoun even scare the storms away?