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Shilique Calhoun Wins Defensive Player Of The Week Award

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TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  Defensive end Shilique Calhoun #89 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs at Sun Devil Stadium on December 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Spartans defeated the Horned Frogs 17-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 29: Defensive end Shilique Calhoun #89 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs at Sun Devil Stadium on December 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. The Spartans defeated the Horned Frogs 17-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

The choice for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week could not have been a difficult one.

Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun scored two defensive touchdowns, returning a fumble and an interception for scores and becoming the Spartans’ leading scorer with 18 points through two games this season.

The Spartans’ offense struggled to score Saturday, but Calhoun definitely did not. In addition to scoring two touchdowns, the sophomore defensive end also recorded a pair of tackles for loss during Michigan State’s 21-7 win over South Florida. Calhoun returned a fumble four yards and returned an interception 56.

In addition to Calhoun’s two tackles for loss, he had another solo stop and hurried the quarterback twice.

The touchdowns Saturday gave Calhoun three on the season, and he is the first Michigan State player to have three defensive touchdowns in a season since T.J. Turner in 1999. Calhoun is also the only FBS player with three defensive scores this season.

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