Mississippi State’s Taveze Calhoun has had a good week.
On Saturday, the senior cornerback made two interceptions against Kentucky and on Thursday he was selected as a National Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for the Campbell Trophy.
The Campbell Trophy is awarded annually to the top scholar-athlete in the country. Calhoun is one of only a dozen finalists nationally and the only one in the Southeastern Conference.
Calhoun graduated last may with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and a 3.51 grade point average. He is working on his master’s degree in workforce leadership and will receive an $18,000 post graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation.
“I am very thankful for this special opportunity,” said Calhoun. “I have given it my all in the classroom and on the football field during my career here at Mississippi State. I’ve always said football is not forever. I’ve worked just as hard in the classroom as I have on the field in pursuing my academic degrees. I did not want to be the guy to come back one day and say, ‘I wish I would have done this.’ I wanted to give 100 percent in everything.”
Calhoun will travel to New York City on Dec. 8 for an awards dinner where the winner of the Campbell Trophy will be announced. The winner’s scholarship will be increased to $25,000.
Calhoun is the just the third Bulldog to be named a National Scholar-Athlete and first since Derek Sherrod in 2010.
On the field, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Morton has made 26 tackles including 4.5 for loss, six pass deflections and two interceptions.
2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class/Campbell Trophy Finalists
Player, Position, School
E.K. Binns, OG, Navy
Jacoby Boren, C, Ohio State
Jake Brendel, C, UCLA
Taveze Calhoun, CB, Mississippi State
Derek Crittenden, DE, Montana
Ty Darlington, C, Oklahoma
Jordan Dobrich, LB, Nevada
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
Blake Frohnapfel, QB, Massachusetts
Jordan Italiano, S, Kent State
Hank Spencer, LB, Mount Union (Ohio)
Jason Vander Laan, QB, Ferris State (Mich.)