The votes from the Big Ten media keep coming in on Friday, and next up was the votes for preseason Defensive Player of the Year. And while Buckeyes Joey Bosa and Michael Bennett were in the top 5, it was Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun that walked away with the distinction, edging out Nebraska’s Randy Gregory.
Calhoun is the anchor on that ferocious Michigan State defense, and that showed last season. In the 2013 Big Ten title-winning campaign, Calhoun finished the year with 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He notched 37 tackles overall.
Some could see this outcome as a surprise, given the fact that Gregory is so highly looked upon, especially the NFL scouts that are getting ready for the 2015 draft. There are some that see Gregory as maybe the top overall pick, but on this day, Calhoun is the one that gets the nod.
Here’s a look at how the final voting stacked up.
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)
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