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Around the B1G: Spartan Nation speaks to Shilique Calhoun

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As the season creeps ever so close, captains are named and media access becomes more rigid. SpartanNation.com’s Hondo Carpenter sat down with newly named captain — DE Shilique Calhoun — for a good Q&A.  Here is an excerpt from that exchange:

Hondo: Congratulations Freak, what does it mean to you to get this honor?

Shilique: It’s definitely special. To know that these men believe in me to lead. A lot of other guys could have had this position, but I’m happy they have faith in me to name me one of their captains. I take full responsibility for what is going to happen to this team and I’m hoping that I can push it in a positive direction.

Hondo: What kind of a leader will you be?

Shilique? Not forceful. More of the one with a smile who is smiling all the time. I definitely am going to be hard on the guys because I know what kind of potential we have for this team. I am definitely going to be pushing them. I’m also going to be behind them smiling and giggling as well.

Hondo: Does this team having national title potential put even MORE pressure on this year’s captains?

Shilique: I think there is enough pressure being a captain. We are not trying to look towards a national championship. We are more trying to push our team in the right direction. That is enough pressure as is. That is our main focus just trying to stay in the right direction, stay positive and play every game like it is our last.

You can read the full Q&A over at SpartanNation.com.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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