Shilique Calhoun- DE/5-T Baylor

 6-4.3, 251, (U 4.81), 1.69 Split,

 6.97 3-C! 23 Reps, 34 1/4" Arm,

35" Vert! 9'7" Broad, 4.25 SS,

Boom or Bust. 

By TOM

He reminds me a lot of Chandler Jones a lot, physically. But he doesn't play all out like Jones does, and he doesn't seem to have that burning desire that Jones has. But if he finds that fire he could be special as well. I just don’t see that fire though the regular season. I get sick of him by the end of the season, and then he turns it on again in the Bowl game. He was great in last year's Bowl and convinced me he had turned the corner. Then didn't play as tough as he should. Then he turned it on against and was great in Michigan State's two Bowl games this year.

He'd be a 1st if he played all out all the time. Nice strong core. Looked like he might be able to play some OLB in space. Nice quick hands turning the corner. Does a good job staying low. He looked real good dropping back in coverage drills. Excellent hips in coverage drill's Nice quick feet moving backwards in coverage.

He will line up at 5-Tech in odd front. Holds the point well inside, but seems to lack some instincts sometimes. He actually plays the option very well. Great side to side quickness. Stops before the whistle too much. When he plays all out, he can get to the QB with great power and quickness. He might be the new definition of make or break player. He played in a Bowl game every year of his career:

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Had nine tackles, including 4.0 for losses (15 yards) and 2.5 sacks (13 yards), in four bowl games . . . in his final career game, tallied four tackles, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), against No. 2 Alabama in the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl . . . recorded two tackles, including 1.5 sacks for 12 yards, and a forced fumble in MSU's 42-41 come-from-behind win over No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had one tackle against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . led the team with two tackles for loss (2 yards), including a 1-yard sack, in the win over TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

He will drop back into coverage sometimes. He shows some 3-4 OLB skills on Tape. When he gets aggressive on the edge, he has great quick hands. He will rush standing up sometimes. He has to learn to use his hands more. He comes out of rush sometimes to chase the RB sneaking out of the backfield.

He had a nice career at Michigan State. But he always left me wanting more. He flashed such top end talent, but often wasn't a closer. He would play tough on one play, and then play with too much finesse on another. He would set the edge naturally, but then let the tight end control him on the edge. He burst off the line with some suddenness and get his hands into the blocker's shirt, but too often was too content to watch the play. But he showed enough over his career to say he could be very successful in the NFL, if he could play a little more consistently tougher and more aggressive.

CAREER NOTES: Four-year letter winner was a three-year starter as a defensive end (2013-15) for the Spartans . . . one of four players in the Mark Dantonio era to be elected a team captain twice (Greg Jones, Kirk Cousins, Max Bullough) . . . three-time second-team All-American (2013, 2014, 2015) . . . one of only eight Spartans in program history and first defensive lineman to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors three times (2013-15) . . . had 131 career tackles, including 44 for losses (268 yards) with 27 sacks (211 yards) . . . dynamic playmaker appeared in 54 career games, including a team-high 41 consecutive starts to close his career (42 starts overall) . . . finished his career tied for the most games played ever by a Spartan (54) . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss yardage (first with 268), sacks (second with 27), sack yardage (second with 211), tackles for loss (fourth with 44), fumble recoveries (tied for 10th with five) and forced fumbles (tied for 15th with four) . . . had two blocked kicks in his career . . . 34 percent of his career tackles were for losses (44 TFLs/131 tackles) . . . was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times in his career (twice in 2015; once in 2013) . . . one of three Spartans in school history to have scored three defensive touchdowns in his career (T.J. Turner; RJ Williamson) . . . earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in December 2015.

He got double right off the line against Michigan. He was unblockable against Michigan when he was wearing #43 in honor of his friend. He was punching and shoving OTs off him, and then got a Sack on a speed rush around the corner. He was incredible in that game. He was chasing RBs from behind, and jumping on the pile, which is something he never usually does. You wanted to see him play that way the rest of the season, but he didn't.

He showed he can chip the RB coming out of the backfield with his hands, and still get pressure on the QB. He had the QB by the leg and was dragging him down on the flag thrown for intentional grounding, and the sack was taken away. Then he was in on the sack on the next rush. He also has a nice shoulder club and hop outside move that gets him past the ORT. He can also get the outside shoulder of the OLT and try to Dip around the quarter, and reach out and get a hand on the QB while being held by the OLT.

2015 should have been his break out season, but it wasn't. He really has great strong hands when he plays hard. When he is playing hard, it can take three guys to block him. He is so good when he is motivated to play all out. He made the stop of the RB on 3rd and 3, before the infamous punt that won them the game against Michigan.

2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Named second-team All-American (Associated Press, CBS Sports, Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele, Walter Camp Football Foundation) for the third year in a row . . . also earned honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) for third straight year . . . Athlon Sports and Phil Steele first-team All-Big Ten selection . . . named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year) . . . semifinalist for Lombardi Award (collegiate lineman of the year), Chuck Bednarik Award (collegiate defensive player of the year) and Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . led the Spartans in sacks (career-high 10.5 for 74 yards), tackles for loss (career-high 15 for 82 yards) and quarterback hurries (18) . . . also had three pass break-ups . . . his career-high 10.5 sacks (0.75 pg.) ranked third most in the Big Ten and 22nd in the FBS; they also ranked seventh most in an MSU single-season . . . his career-high 49 tackles were first among Spartan defensive linemen . . . ranked sixth on the team with 124 production points during the regular season . . . in his final career game, tallied four tackles, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), against No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl . . . recorded three tackles for loss (17 yards) and two sacks (16 yards) and finished with six tackles overall in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa; also was credited with a forced fumble on his 8-yard sack of C.J. Beathard late in the second quarter . . . tallied 18 production points in his final appearance at Spartan Stadium in the win over Penn State; had two QB hurries, two tackles and broke up a pass that led to Malik McDowell's 13-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Nittany Lions . . . credited with three tackles in MSU's 17-14 win at No. 2 Ohio State, as the Spartans ended the Buckeyes' 23-game winning streak and limited OSU to 132 yards of total offense . . . named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and the Lott IMPACT Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 27-23 win at No. 12 Michigan; recorded five tackles, including a career-best 3.5 for losses (11 yards) and two sacks (6 yards), and had 31 production points against the Wolverines . . . the Spartan defense forced Michigan to go three-and-out on six possessions and limited the Wolverines to season lows in total yards (230) and rushing yards (62) . . . wore No. 43 in tribute to injured linebacker Ed Davis in the Michigan game . . . had four tackles, including a half sack (6 yards), and was credited with two QB hurries at Rutgers . . . posted six stops and had three QB hurries vs. Purdue . . . named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording a season-high six tackles vs. Central Michigan, including three tackles for loss (three for 24 yards) and a career-high tying 2.5 sacks (24 yards) . . . also was credited with four quarterback hurries, one pass break-up and a blocked kick against the Chippewas; finished the game with a team-high 37 production points, the most by a Spartan defensive player this season . . . recorded four stops vs. Air Force . . . tallied three tackles, including a 1-yard sack, in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . recorded a 9-yard sack in the season opener at Western Michigan.

He plays harder in big games. He can take a big step inside on a stunt that makes it very tough for any O-linemen to touch him. Really looks like the long tall Chandler Jones when he does that. He is one of those guys who doesn't always play all out all the time, but in big games he plays with that extra thing that is missing in most games. It is a dilemma. You want those guys who play big in big games, but sometimes his effort just isn’t acceptable in small games.

He looks a little stronger. He has to have a good senior season. Still plays too soft sometimes, like when RBs come up to block him. He is playing tough inside against the run. He got injured against Maryland. It looked like his right hip. A little more willing to stack and read this season. Lowers his shoulder a little better this season, to dip around the Corner. He still gets blocked by RBs too easily sometimes. Needs to play with his long arms extended more consistently.

2014 Bio:

Indiana 2014: He gets stalemated by guys he shouldn’t too much. He got stalemate by Coleman the RB on the first play of the Indiana game. I love when he uses his long arm to keep the blockers off his shirt. When he jumps up he gets high in the passing lane.

Ohio ST 2014: He has everything you want in a D-End, except that knack for hitting the quarterback sometimes. Calhoun went down in the Ohio ST game with pain on the inside of his knee. Nothing happened on the play, and when he was walking back to the huddle he just fell down and limped off the field. He made a huge tackle on the QB on the goal line to help stop a touchdown. Then he gets sealed on the edge by the TE.

Nebraska 2014: Second top ten passrusher to watch in this game. It should be a fun comparison. He and Gregory are very different rushers. Gregory is more of the flash and dash OLB rusher. While Calhoun is more of the long tall D-End rusher. He did such a nice job of finding Abdullah. That was the best I saw him play against the run. He held the edge, and then on more than one occasion used his hands to throw the blocker to the ground. He sliced inside more than once and grabbed the RB as he flashed by. He caused a false start by Cotton just shifting a little, and then fell back on his butt. He was just hunting Abdullah inside. 

Nebraska better start blocking this D-End on Dives, because he is killing it. Ironically, the two biggest plays of the fist half were made by Gregory and Calhoun, but neither were sacks or really initiated by either player. Gregory had his INT off a tipped pass, and Calhoun had a fumble recovery. Nebraska had driven inside the ten. Calhoun was outside and 43 hit Abdullah as a wildcat QB. The ball popped out. Calhoun scooped it up and took off. He ran all the way down to the 47-yard line, which lead to Michigan State's first score. 

 

Calhoun Vs Baylor:

He has nice outside move with his inside hand jammed in the ORT's chest. He has the Chandler Jones move where he tries to club that outside elbow in and turn the corner. He has a nice grab shirt and pull the OLT down, as he pulls himself around the corner. You need nice long arms to make that move. I though he played better with his hands and arms at the end of the season. But he has to extend his long arm more consistently. He reminds me of Chandler Jones, but he has to learn to use his hands better and play all out all the time more. He was extending his arm better and uses his hands better in the Bowl game, but he still has to improve. When he forgets to use his hands as weapons he gets stalemated too easily. He has the long arms that can drive OLT crazy, and then stops using them. I think he drops out of the 1st Round.

Terrific dance to the side, swim-move that can make the OLT whiff. He has so much physical talent, but just can’t seem to reach the QB sometimes. He can really remind you of Chandler Jones in everyway on the field, except for his knack for hitting the quarterback. You would think he was an easy double figures sack guy, but he is not and never has been. He seems to use his hands well, but he doesn’t extend his arms consistently. He has a nice blast off and can get to the QB quickly, but then consistently just does seem to be able to reach him. I'm trying to figure out why he doesn't reach the QB enough, and I can't. 

He has the speed and blast off to turn the corner on the OLT. In fact, he finally did turn the corner on Drango in the 3rd quarter of the Bowl game to take Bryce down. He just blasted off straight up field so fast he got Drango off balance. Then when Drango reached out to jam him, he clubbed his arm down with both hands and turned the corner right into the QB. It was picture perfect, and something he should be able to do more consistently, but he doesn’t. That gave him 7.5 Sacks for the season, to go along with 8 Hurries, 11 TFL, and 37 tackles.  

He got another half Sack in the 3rd and looked like Chandler Jones again. After running the arc for a Sack, he made a great inside move and flushed Petty out of the pocket. Then recovered with nice COD and hit Petty as a teammate did as well. He looked like a legit 1st round passrusher in the 3rd quarter of the Bowl game. Then on the next play he blasted off like a rocket, and shoved the arms of the OLT off, and was shoved just past Petty. I may be nuts, but it finally looked to me like he may have put his vast talent together.

Calhoun Vs Baylor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbhSPBLnH6w

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Calhoun Vs Michigan 2014:

He set the edge well, but struggles to get past a tight end. Plays standing up like an OLB sometimes. He is another guy who has all the measurables, but the sum doesn't equal the whole. When he goes unblocked on the edge he does a nice job shuffling down the line with his shoulders squared, and diving into the RB. They played him further outside, like a wide-9, than usual against Michigan on the strongside. I though he looked better and was more productive. He finally hit the QB on the second drive. 

He can Bullrush the OLT into the QB. He gets a of of attention from blockers, and Michigan likes to chip him with the tight end. Nice inside move that forces the double from the OG. Grabs the D-end and holds on as he sets the edge outside. Plays better in grudge matches, like a Divisional opponent in the NFL. He can slice all the way across the line after the RB. He can track the RB sideways on inside runs, like he is protecting the edge, and then pounce on him. He can be fierce going up field in 4th quarter. Shows some heavier hands as well. Seems to set the edge naturally.

Calhoun Vs Michigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMez2txECRQ

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Bio:

- TWO-TIME SECOND-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (2013, 2014)
- LED BIG TEN IN PASSING IN 2014 (3,214 YARDS; 247.2 YPG.)
- 2014 MAXWELL AWARD SEMIFINALIST
- 2014 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD SEMIFINALIST

CAREER NOTES: Ranks among the nation’s top 50 players (No. 13) for 2015 by Sporting News . . . three-year letterwinner has started the last 26 games at quarterback for the Spartans (23-3 record; 16-1 vs. Big Ten opponents; 15-1 Big Ten games; 2-0 bowl games) . . . in 30 career games, has completed 58 percent of his passes (444-of-762) for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions . . . ranks among MSU’s all-time leaders in passing efficiency (third with 141.5 rating), 300-yard passing games (third with six), 200-yard passing games (tied for third with 18), touchdown passes (third with 47), total offense (fourth with 6,216 yards), passing yards (fifth with 6,063), pass completions (seventh with 444), pass attempts (eighth with 762) and pass completion percentage (ninth at .583) . . . tied a school record, shared with Kirk Cousins and Drew Stanton, by throwing for a touchdown pass in 16 straight games (streak snapped at Maryland on Nov. 15, 2014) . . . won 11 straight games as the starting QB for the Spartans from Oct. 5, 2013, to Aug. 29, 2014, which is the second-longest streak in school history (Al Dorow, 15 in 1950-51) . . . named 2013 Big Ten Championship Game Most Outstanding Player (304 passing yards and three TDs in win vs. No. 2 Ohio State) and 2014 Rose Bowl Game Offensive MVP after completing 22-of-36 throws for a then-career high 332 yards and two TDs in the win over No. 5 Stanford . . . along with Dan Enos, is one of only two Spartan quarterbacks to win two bowl games as the starting QB (Cook: 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton; Enos: 1989 Aloha, 1990 Sun) . . . also came off the bench to lead the Spartans on a game-winning drive in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . has led the Spartans to three straight fourth-quarter comebacks in bowl games . . . in three postseason bowl appearances, owns MSU career records for passing yards (693) and TD passes (5).

2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors (coaches and media) for the second year in a row . . . became first Spartan quarterback to garner back-to-back second-team All-Big Ten laurels . . . also a second-team All-Big Ten pick by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the year) and one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award . . . offensive recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year . . . ranked first in the Big Ten in passing (247.2 ypg.) . . . ranked second in the NCAA FBS in passing yards per completion (15.2) . . . ranked second in the Big Ten and 19th in the FBS in passing efficiency (149.4 rating) . . . also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in passing yards (3,214), touchdown passes (second with 24), total offense (third with 253.4 ypg.) and completion percentage (sixth at .581) . . . also had two rushing TDs . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in TD passes (second with 24), passing yards (third with 3,214 yards), passing yards per game (third with 247.2 ypg.), 200-yard passing games (tied for third with 10), passing efficiency (fifth with 149.4 rating), pass attempts (sixth with 365) and pass completions (ninth with 212) . . . recorded his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and sixth of his career, completing 24-of-42 throws for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . the 314 passing yards were the fourth-highest single-game total in Cotton Bowl and MSU bowl history . . . with 314 passing yards against the Bears, Cook became just the fifth QB in Spartan history to eclipse the 6,000-yard career milestone . . . the 24 completions (second) and 42 pass attempts (third) rank among the top single-game bowl totals in Spartan history . . . in the fourth quarter, connected on 9-of-15 passes for 179 yards, including scoring strikes of 8 yards to Josiah Price and 10 yards to Keith Mumphery, in leading MSU's 20-point comeback win . . . led the Big Ten in conference games in passing (257.9 ypg.) . . . threw for at least 200 yards in seven of eight Big Ten games . . . completed 13-of-25 throws for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception at Penn State . . . recorded his seventh straight 200-yard passing game (254 yards) while completing 16-of-24 throws for two touchdowns vs. Rutgers . . . had 240 passing yards on 14-of-31 throws at Maryland; had his school-record 16-game streak with at least one touchdown pass come to an end against the Terrapins . . . threw for a career-high 358 yards on 25-of-45 throws in the loss to No. 14 Ohio State; the 358 yards were the fifth most in a single game in MSU history and second most against Ohio State . . . fired two touchdown passes vs. OSU (15 yards to Keith Mumphery, 16 yards to Josiah Price) to tie a school record with 16 straight games with at least one touchdown pass . . . completed 12-of-22 throws for 227 yards and one TD in MSU's second straight win over Michigan . . . completed 24-of-32 passes for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the 56-17 victory at Indiana; was named a Star of the Week  by The Manning Award . . . threw three touchdown passes and was 19-of-37 passing for 238 yards at Purdue . . . was 11-of-29 passing for 234 yards, one touchdown (55 yards to Tony Lippett) and one interception vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . in limited action for the second straight game, threw two touchdown passes on 8-of-12 throws for 126 yards against Wyoming; also had a 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal during the game's first series . . . in limited action, completed 5-of-6 passes for 83 yards and two TDs vs. Eastern Michigan; also had three carries for 11 yards, including a 4-yard TD run against the Eagles . . . established career highs for completions (29) and pass attempts (47) while throwing for 343 yards at No. 3 Oregon; had two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Ducks . . . completed 12-of-13 passes (.923) for 285 yards and three touchdowns, including TD throws of 71 and 64 yards to Tony Lippett, in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.

2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Posted a 12-1 record as the starting quarterback . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . also earned All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com (second team) and Athlon Sports (second team) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed 59 percent of his passes (223-of-380) for 2,755 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in touchdown passes (tied for second with 22), total offense (fourth with 2,831 yards), pass attempts (fourth with 380), passing yards (fifth with 2,755), pass completions (tied for sixth with 223) and passing yards per game (14th with 196.8 ypg.) . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in touchdown passes (tied for second with 22), pass completions (third with 223), passing yards (fourth with 2,755), passing (fifth with 196.8 ypg.), total offense (sixth with 202.2 ypg.) and passing efficiency (eighth with 135.5 rating) . . . tied for the fewest interceptions (6) among starting Big Ten quarterbacks . . . finished No. 20 in the Big Ten postseason player rankings by ESPN.com . . . was presented the 2013 Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award (offense) and Tommy Love Award (most improved player: offense) . . . ranked fourth in conference play in passing (213.5 ypg.) and sixth with 12 TD passes . . . produced eight 200-yard passing games, tying for fourth most in an MSU single-season, and two 300-yard passing games . . . named Offensive MVP of the 100th Rose Bowl Game after completing 22-of-36 passes for 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as MSU defeated No. 5 Stanford . . . also named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . his 25-yard pass to Tony Lippett at the 13:22 mark in the fourth quarter put MSU on top 24-17 and proved to be the game-winner in the 24-20 victory . . . had a 2-yard TD toss to Trevon Pendleton in the closing seconds of the second quarter . . . connected on seven passes of at least 20-plus yards against the Cardinal, including a game-long 60-yarder to Bennie Fowler in the third quarter . . . named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Championship Game after throwing for 304 yards on 24-of-40 passing with three touchdowns and one interception in leading the Spartans past No. 2 Ohio State . . . delivered TD passes of 72 yards to Keith Mumphery, 33 yards to Lippett, and 9 yards to Josiah Price . . . named ESPN.com Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 7 vs. Ohio State) . . . his showing against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game was listed as the No. 2 individual performance in the Big Ten during the 2013 season by ESPN.com . . . completed 10-of-20 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Minnesota . . . threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-23 passing in win at Northwestern that clinched the Big Ten Legends Division title; his 87-yard TD completion to Fowler in the second quarter tied for the fourth-longest reception in school history . . . was 15-of-31 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown in win at Nebraska; was 8-of-14 for 133 yards on third down against the Huskers . . . completed 18-of-33 throws for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Michigan; his 14-yard TD strike to Fowler in the back, right corner of the end zone with 23 seconds left in the first half gave Michigan State the lead for good at 13-6; also rushed for a 1-yard score against the Wolverines . . . went 15-of-16 passing for 208 yards and three TDs at Illinois; his .938 completion percentage established a school single-game record (minimum 10 completions) and is the seventh best in Big Ten history . . . finished the Illinois game with 11 straight completions for 185 yards . . . threw a 47-yard TD pass to Mumphery in the fourth quarter; also connected on a 29-yard TD pass to Fowler and a 13-yard TD pass to Price . . . completed 13-of-25 passes for 107 yards in win over Purdue . . . hit 22-of-31 throws for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, against Indiana; threw TD passes of 11 yards to Jeremy Langford and 34 yards to Fowler in the second quarter; completed passes to 11 different receivers total against the Hoosiers . . . was 25-of-44 passing for 293 yards in road win at Iowa in his first Big Ten start; threw two touchdown passes (46 yards to Macgarrett Kings Jr., 37 yards to Fowler) against the Hawkeyes . . . the 277 passing yards were the second most by a Spartan QB against Iowa . . . completed 16-of-32 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . recorded his first career 200-yard passing game in the win over Youngstown State, throwing for 202 yards and a career-best four touchdown passes; became the first Spartan QB to throw four TD passes in a game since Brian Hoyer against Penn State in 2007 . . . tied a Michigan State record by throwing four TDs in the first half (Drew Stanton vs. Illinois in 2005; Bill Burke vs. Iowa in 1999) . . . threw TD passes of 13 yards to Andre Sims Jr., 12 to Pendleton, 24 to Kings and 17 to Fowler . . . also finished with 227 total yards (202 passing and 25 rushing) against the Penguins . . . was 6-of-11 passing for 32 yards in leading MSU to a win over South Florida in his first career start at quarterback.

2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Back-up quarterback appeared in three games (Central Michigan, Iowa, TCU) to earn his first letter . . . completed 9-of-17 throws for 94 yards, one touchdown and one interception . . . came off the bench to complete 4-of-11 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . capped a 14-play, 90-yard drive with his first career TD pass, a 15-yard strike to Aaron Burbridge late in the third quarter; the 14-play, 90-yard scoring march marked MSU's longest touchdown drive of the season and its longest in bowl history . . . on MSU's final drive of the game, was 2-of-5 passing for 26 yards while leading the Spartans on an eight-play, 45-yard scoring drive, capped by Dan Conroy's game-winning 47-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining that put MSU ahead for good in the 17-16 win . . . was 5-of-6 passing for 47 yards and one interception in his collegiate debut at Central Michigan . . . also saw brief action vs. Iowa . . . gained valuable experience during spring practice and took most of the reps with the No. 1 offense after starter Andrew Maxwell suffered a sprained knee in mid-April . . . played for both teams in the Green-White spring game, completing 20-of-45 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown . . .

2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Minnesota

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Threw a 28-yard touchdown pass for the Ohio All-Stars in the 2011 Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pennsylvania . . . also completed a 26-yard TD pass in the April 22 Ohio North-South Classic in Columbus . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by MaxPreps.com (No. 9) and Rivals.com (No. 13) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 90) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 30) . . . two-year starter for Coach Gerry Rardin at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio . . . Associated Press All-Northeast Inland District (Division II) first-team selection as a senior . . . named team's Most Valuable Offensive Back after accounting for 2,143 total yards and 20 touchdowns in 2010 . . . completed 116-of-199 throws (.583) for 1,700 yards, 15 TDs and seven interceptions as a senior . . . rushed 79 times for 443 yards (5.6 avg.) and five scores in 2010 . . . accounted for a career-best 317 total yards and five TDs in the season finale at Toledo Bowsher, connecting on 16-of-24 passes for 267 yards and four TDs plus rushing four times for 50 yards and a score in a 55-0 victory over the Rebels . . . hit 14-of-28 tosses for 201 yards and a score plus added a rushing TD in the 2010 season opener vs. Louisville . . . produced 1,303 total yards and 11 TDs as a junior . . . completed 77-of-161 throws (.478) for 1,160 yards and nine TDs . . . also carried 33 times for 143 yards (4.3 avg.) and two scores . . . son of Chris and Donna Cook . . . father played football at Indiana (tight end; lettered 1982-84) . . . mother Donna played basketball at Cincinnati . . . sister Jackie played basketball at Old Dominion . . . born Jan. 29, 1993 . . . majoring in media and information.

COOK'S CAREER HIGHS
Pass Attempts: 47, vs. Oregon (9/6/14)
Pass Completions: 29, vs. Oregon (9/614) Pass Completions: 29, vs. Oregon (9/6/14)
Passing Yards: 358, vs. Ohio State (11/8/14)
Passing TDs: 4, vs. Youngstown State (9/14/13)

PASSING G ATT COMP PCT YDS LONG PASS EFFIC. TD INT YDS/G
2011 0 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 0 0 --
2012 3 17 9 .529 94 15 107.0 1 1 31.3
2013 14 380 223 .587 2755 87 135.5 22 6 196.8
2014 13 365 212 .581 3214 71 149.4 24 8 247.2
TOTAL 30 762 444 .583 6063 87 141.5 47 15 202.1

 


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