Cook, Calhoun discuss possible NFL decisions

Michigan State junior quarterback says he has "unfinished business," while Calhoun says nothing is definite when it comes to declaring early for the NFL Draft.

Michigan State has seen a few players leave early for the NFL in recent years and decisions await current players after this season.

Juniors Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Trae Waynes all have been talked about in NFL Draft circles plenty and could declare following this season, as could sophomore offensive tackle Jack Conklin.

On Tuesday, Cook said he has sat down and talked about the possible decision with his family.

”The main goal is obviously to come back,” the Spartans’ quarterback said. “Just talked amongst them and talked amongst my friends and talked with the coaches.

”I have unfinished business that I want to do and that I want to accomplish and the only way I can do that is if I return.”

As for Calhoun, the two-time first-team All-Big Ten defensive end said it is not definite that he is leaving for the professional ranks. As for what could keep him around, he pointed to finishing his degree among the reasons.

It will be another fall semester and I would graduate in December if I decide to come back, which would be perfect because then I can go through football season, which is the best time of year and graduate after that,” he said. “That’s the primary reason, but not only that, but I love this program. I love the coaches here, it’s a family atmosphere and I love having the opportunity to play for these guys because you can tell how much they love it and how much not only they love the game, but they love you as a person.”

Calhoun said the thought of leaving early has not really been on his mind throughout the season and he has no intention of letting it take control now.

”If it happens, it happens, but I’m more focused on this game,” he said. “I’m really focused on leaving out on a good note and letting these seniors go out on a good note and go out with a win.”

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