2015 William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist
2015 NFF National-Scholar Athlete
2015 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2015 SEC Community Service Team
2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2013 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2012 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
CAREER: Lockdown, veteran cornerback who was the heart and soul of the secondary … Tremendous work ethic … The epitome of being a Mississippi State student-athlete … Arrived at MSU from a small town and earned his degree, worked toward a master’s degree and was named a National Football Foundation National-Scholar Athlete and a finalist for the “Academic Heisman” … Received an $18,000 post graduate scholarship for being a finalist … A starter at cornerback for three years … Played in 50 games with 36 starts … Tallied 161 career tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six interceptions for 98 yards … Forced three fumbles and tallied one fumble recovery … Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors every year of his career … Played the 2015 season as a college graduate after earning his degree in May 2015 … Helped assist victims of the Mississippi tornadoes in the spring 2014 … Recorded over a 3.5 GPA as an undergraduate student … Invited to the NFL Combine in February 2016.
2015 SENIOR SEASON: Played in 12 games with 11 starts … Did not play in the season-opener due to injury … The SEC’s only National Football Foundation National-Scholar Athlete in 2015 … Joined a prestigious list of only four MSU players in history to be named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, the most prestigious academic award in all of college football … One of only 12 players in the nation to be named a finalist … Recognized at the NFF Awards in New York City in December … Finished the year with 39 tackles, 6.5 for loss, two interceptions and a team-best 10 passes defended … Ranked 14th in the SEC in passes defended … Made his season debut with a four-tackle performance versus No. 14 LSU in week two … Tied a career high with two tackles for loss in the Northwestern State win, finishing with five tackles … Tallied a season-high seven tackles (six solo) at No. 14 Texas A&M while also making one tackle for loss and breaking up a pass … Showed his outstanding playmaking ability and stepped up in the win against Kentucky, the week of his fellow teammate going down to injury (Will Redmond) … Tied a career high with two interceptions against the Wildcats, including an acrobatic one that was named ESPN’s top play of the day … Both picks hauled UK drives … Had five tackles and a tackle for loss against No. 2 Alabama … Broke up two passes and made five tackles in the win at Arkansas … Registered a tackle for loss in the Egg Bowl against No. 18 Ole Miss.
2014 JUNIOR SEASON: A starter at corner for the second straight year, starting in all 13 games … Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 53 … Tied for the team lead and ranked eighth in the SEC in pass breakups with nine … Notched one interception and one forced fumble … Totaled five tackles and two pass breakups to go along with a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss in win over UAB (9/6) … Recorded a season-high eight tackles against No. 6 Texas A&M (10/3) … Tied a team high with six tackles to go along with a forced fumble against No. 2 Auburn (10/11) … Finished with five tackles and a pass breakup against Arkansas (11/1) … Intercepted a pass for the first time in 2014 in the end zone in the Egg Bowl at Ole Miss (11/29), while also finishing with four tackles and a pair of pass breakups.
2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started 12 games at cornerback and also contributed on special teams … Ranked second in the SEC in interception return yards with 101 and 10th in the league in picks per game with 0.25 … Collected three interceptions on the year … Tabbed 45 total tackles with 33 of the solo variety and 1.5 tackles for loss … Tops in the SEC in interception return yards (101) in league only contests … Earned first career start against Oklahoma State (8/31) and notched six stops, all in the first three quarters … Scooped up Nickoe Whitley’s blocked field goal and returned it 68 yards to the OSU 10-yard line to end the first half ... Tallied a forced fumble and recovery on the same play against Alcorn State (9/7) … Did not play against Troy (9/21) … Recorded five tackles against LSU (10/5), including four solo hits … Registered six tackles against Bowling Green (10/12) and recorded first pass breakup of career … Intercepted first two passes of career against Alabama (11/16), picking off AJ McCarron in the second and fourth quarters … Returned fourth-quarter pick 53 yards to the Alabama 38-yard line … Became the first player to intercept a pair of Crimson Tide passes since Utah’s Robert Johnson on Jan. 2, 2009 … At Arkansas (11/23), picked off a pass for the second-straight game, recording the interception on the Razorbacks’ final play of the contest …Led the team with a career-high 11 tackles versus Ole Miss (11/28) … Recorded tackles on two of the Rebels’ four plays in overtime, helping MSU seal the Egg Bowl victory.
2012 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON: Saw action in all 13 games, mostly on special teams and as a reserve at corner … Totaled 24 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble … Made his collegiate debut with three solo tackles in the season-opening win versus Jackson State … Collected three more tackles in SEC debut against Auburn and road debut at Troy … Forced first fumble and made three tackles in the home win against South Alabama … Collected a year-high six tackles, including four solo, in homecoming triumph over Middle Tennessee … Registered two tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, against Texas A&M … Recorded two tackles at LSU and one in the regular-season finale against Ole Miss.
2011 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: Redshirted first season on campus after undergoing season-ending surgery on right shoulder in August.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named First-Team All-State by the Clarion-Ledger across all divisions … Listed among the Top 40 Most Wanted in the state by the Clarion-Ledger … A consensus all-state prospect in the 3A division following senior season … Selected by The Mississippi Association of Coaches to the 40-man roster for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Played for head coach Miles Porter and led the Panthers to a 9-4 record, a 4-1 mark in Region 6 and the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs … Credited with 90 total tackles and intercepted six passes for 112 yards during senior season … Also blocked one punt and caused two fumbles … Rushed 31 times for 205 yards and scored three touchdowns … Played both ways during junior season … Helped lead the team to a 13-2 record for head coach David Parker and reached the south state finals of Class 3A where they lost to eventual state champions Tylertown … As a junior, rushed 23 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns … Also caught seven passes for 255 yards for three more touchdowns … Defensively, posted 42 tackles and intercepted three passes … Credited with 60 total tackles and a pair of interceptions with seven passes broken up as a sophomore … Committed to Mississippi State in January 2011.
PERSONAL: Full name is Taveze Shavone Calhoun … Born on Dec. 26, 1992 … Mother is Sandra Calhoun … Earned his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies in May 2015 … Aspires to be a coach one day.
CALHOUN’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles – 11, vs. Ole Miss (11-28-13)
Tackles For Loss – 2.0, vs. Northwestern State (9-19-15)
Forced Fumbles - 1, (3x) last vs. Auburn (10-11-14)
Fumble Recoveries – 1, vs. Alcorn State (9-7-13)
Interceptions – 2, twice, last vs. Kentucky (10-24-15)
Pass Breakups – 2, several times