Calhoun: Depth Strength Of Defense

A strong comeback in the second jersey scrimmage of the spring allowed fifth-year senior defensive end Shilique Calhoun to stress the 2015 edition of the Michigan State defense is its depth.

Following Saturday’s long jersey scrimmage, defensive end Shilique Calhoun gave his thoughts to the Michigan State athletics communications department.

Calhoun, preparing for his final year wearing the Green and White stressed the defense understand they have more depth than in years past.

“Defensively, we came out slow,” said Calhoun. “Obviously, we want to play a complete game; however, it’s not how you start, but rather how you finish. The offense definitely held the upper hand in the first half, but we competed in the second half and showed the world how ‘Spartan Dawgs’ play defense.

“Our defensive depth is a strength because there’s no drop off. Guys just come in and compete. I’m biased but I think the defensive line is the strongest part of our defense.”

Two young members of the defense stepped forward according to the defensive standout.

Montez Sweat has had a great spring,” he said. “His attitude is amazing. At the end of last season, Montez said he’d become a playmaker, and he’s definitely stepped up and made an impact. I take great delight in seeing his development. He wants to become a major contributor. He likes to push me and compete against me in the weight room. I welcome his attitude because it forces me to stay at the top of my game.

Gerald Owens didn’t complain about making the transition from running back to the defensive line. He asked the coaches ‘what can I do to get better?’ Gerald did a nice job today of staying low and using his hands. We’ve accepted him on the defensive line and hope he never goes back to the offense.”

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