There may not be a more talented position group within the Mid-American Conference than the defensive secondary in Ypsilanti as three of the four projected starters received votes for our top 25.
Coming in at number 17 is safety Vince Calhoun (Twitter: vincentc_3).
The senior product from Middletown, Ohio, has been selected as a team captain for his final season on Eastern’s grey turf.
A third-team all-MAC selection in both 2017 and 2018, Calhoun started all 13 games for the Camelia Bowl bound Eagles. Calhoun finished just 24th in the league in total tackles but was tied for second in interceptions with three. His three picks came in three straight games vs Akron, Central Michigan and Kent State during Eastern’s bowl push.
Calhoun twice had 12 tackle games in loss vs Buffalo and Northern Illinois.
As a sophmore in 2017, Calhoun led the Eagles in tackles with 78 total stops. He had 16 tackles (10 solo) on the road in a loss to future MAC champion Toledo.
The sports management major was Eastern’s 2016 defensive newcomer of the year, in a season highlighted by an interception in the Popeye’s Bahama’s Bowl vs Old Dominion.
Calhoun held offers from just EMU, Bowling Green and Eastern Kentucky (FCS) as a two star recruit in the class of 2016 per 247Sports, making his development as a player all the more impressive.
One of the hardest hitters on Eastern’s roster and in the conference is a preseason all-MAC selection by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.
With Maxx Crosby and Kyle Rachwal not returning to the shores of the Huron River, look for Calhoun to be counted on even more in 2019 as the Eagles may have to rely on their defensive backfield for big plays.
Neal Neathery’s defense should remain among the best in the MAC, with Calhoun as one of its leaders.