STARKVILLE, Miss. – After playing a key role in holding No. 1 Alabama to a season-low 20 points Saturday, sophomore cornerback Taveze Calhoun has earned a spot on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Honorable Mention defensive back list. The CFPA also placed junior Malcolm Johnson on the honorable mention tight end list following his career-best performance against his hometown team Saturday night.
The honor is the first of the season for Calhoun while Johnson was named the CFPA National Tight End of the Week following the Kentucky game on Oct. 24.
Calhoun intercepted the first two passes of his career Saturday against the top-ranked Crimson Tide. He picked off AJ McCarron in the second and fourth quarters after McCarron had thrown just three interceptions all season leading into the contest. Calhoun, who became the first player to intercept a pair of Alabama passes in a game since Utah’s Robert Johnson on Jan. 2, 2009, returned the fourth-quarter pick 53 yards to the Alabama 38-yard line.
For the season, Calhoun has made 27 tackles and owns a team second-best 19 hits on passing plays. The Morton, Miss., native owns three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Johnson turned in the best game of his career Saturday, hauling in a personal-best six receptions for a career-high 84 yards. He caught two passes of 20 or more yards versus the Crimson Tide after having three such grabs in the first nine contest of the campaign.
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native has registered eight catches for 107 yards in the last four games after recording 10 grabs for 112 yards in the first six games of the season. Johnson also stands third on the team with 14 receiving first downs.
Calhoun, Johnson and the Bulldogs return to action this Saturday, traveling to Little Rock for an 11:21 a.m. CT contest against Arkansas. The game will be televised on SEC TV.