Michigan State redshirt sophomore linebacker Cal Haladay has been named as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
Haladay recorded nine total tackles, including a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss, and a half-sack in Michigan State’s 23-15 win over No. 16 Illinois this past weekend. This was also the seventh-straight game in which Haladay recorded at least six tackles.
This is the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor of Haladay’s career. This is the fourth time a Michigan State player has received the honor during the 2022 season, with senior linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon earning the other three conference Defensive Player of the Week awards for MSU.
Haladay played a big role in Michigan State’s defense holding Illinois’ strong running attack, led by Chase Brown, to 153 yards rushing and 3.26 yards per carry — both of those are the second lowest mark for the Illini in a game this season.
So far this season, Haladay has played in all nine games and has recorded a team-leading 80 tackles. He has also amassed 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.