STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State sophomore cornerback Taveze Calhoun has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team, according to an announcement Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A kinesiology major, Calhoun earned the first academic all-district award of his career with a 3.64 cumulative grade-point average. By making the first team, he is eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Calhoun is the football program's first Academic All-District honoree since Derek Sherrod in 2010. He was a member of the 2012 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Bulldogs have not had a CoSIDA Academic All-American in football since Robert Wallis in 2003.
On the field this season, Calhoun has played in seven games, starting each of them. He has booked 26 tackles, including a team-high 18 on pass plays. The Morton, Miss., native owns one tackle for lost yardage, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Against Bowling Green, the sophomore matched a season high with six tackles and recorded the first pass breakup of his career. The wee before, he recorded a season second-best five tackles against LSU (10/5), including four solo hits.
Calhoun registered his career first solo tackle for lost yardage against Alcorn State, tossing Billy Shed for a three-yard loss in the second quarter. On the ensuing play, he stripped Zerick Rollins Jr., of the ball and recovered the fumble. Calhoun started the campaign with a bang, returning a blocked field goal 68 yards to the Oklahoma State 10-yard line in the first game of the season.
To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. No student-athlete is eligible until he has completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Calhoun and the Bulldogs return to action Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. CT contest at Texas A&M. The game will be televised live on CBS.