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Shilique Calhoun won't close door on returning to MSU

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing – Pat Narduzzi might not be the only one leaving Michigan State sooner rather than later.

Junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun his rated by most as a late first-round pick at best, and a second-round pick at worst. But he's not about to close the door on returning for his final season.

"I'm not definitely leaving," Calhoun said Tuesday. "I still haven't gotten my degree. I have another fall semester and I would graduate in December if I decide to come back, which is perfect because I can go through football season and graduate after that."

Calhoun has 36 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and a team-best seven sacks this season.

"I love the coaches here, the family atmosphere, the love they have for the players and for these guys," Calhoun said. "(The coaches) not only love the game but they love you as a person. They want you to be better as a young man, father, brother, son … that's the type of thing they want to instill in you."

Baylor pace

It didn't take Michigan State long to dive back into the swing of things after having most of the last two weeks off. Monday's practice was intense and high-tempo in an effort to prepare for the fast pace that Baylor brings.

"Yesterday was probably one of the most taxing practices our kids have had," Narduzzi said. "It was long and play after play. I think we had 160 reps yesterday on defense, and that is not counting individual."

For safety RJ Williamson, it was as tough as it has been all season.

"It was a very intense practice, probably the hardest practice we've had this year," he said. "It was fast-paced and everyone on defense was out of breath and very tired. There was a lot of competition going on and very fast-paced. That will prepare us well as we go along."