Strong defensive effort, career day from Crowder help MSU hold off Eagles in home opener
Senior center selected to Valley’s top preseason squad; MSU picked to finish ninth by league’s coaches, media and sports information directors
Linemen Isbell and Bratton joined by Earl and Ellifrits on TonySoftli.com freshman list
Panthers overcome fast start by MSU, which closes 2014 season with 4-8 mark
No. 4 North Dakota State scores 42 unanswered points to send MSU to fourth consecutive setback
Earned Preseason All-MVFC honorable mention laurels after breaking the MSU freshman rushing record (766) in 2014 ... Posted 86 ground yards on 11 carries (7.8 ypc) in Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15) along with 100 all-purpose yards.
2014:: Made an immediate impact as a redshirt freshman, starting the last 6 games of the season and finishing 9th in the MVFC and 74th nationally in rushing yards (766) ... Earned MVFC All-Newcomer Team honors and was on the CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List ... His 63.8 ground yards per game ranked 9th in the league and 84th nationally ... His 766 yards was tops on the MSU squad and set a new team rushing record by a freshman ... Had first career 100-yard game in home opener against North Dakota (9/13/14) with 119 yards on 13 carries ... Earned MSU Offensive Player of the Week honors for UND game ... Also earned MSU Media Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week after he gained 120 yards on 25 carries vs. SIU (11/8/14) ... Posted first career TD at Oklahoma State (9/6/14) on a 1-yard run ... Logged 2 scores at South Dakota State (10/11/14) with runs of 3 and 2 yards ... Also had a solo special teams tackle at SDSU to earn MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors ... Tallied 7 receptions for 17 yards on the season, including 4 catches in the season finale at UNI (11/22/14) to go with his fourth rushing score of the campaign ... Had 71 yards on 13 carries in the first spring scrimmage (4/5/14) and finished with 164 yards on 30 carries in three 2014 spring intrasquad games (5.47 ypc).
2013: Redshirted his first season at Missouri State ... Named MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year by coaching staff ... Was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the game at Iowa (9/7/13).
High School: Rushed for 1,503 yards on 202 carries (7.4 ypc) in 2012 at Bartlesville (Okla.) High -- the second-most yards by a ball carrier in Bruins history ... Scored 11 touchdowns and secured 15 pass receptions for 187 yards and a pair of scores for Coach John McKee as a senior ... Led the Bruins to a 6-4 campaign in 2012 ... Earned All-VYPE North Oklahoma first-team offense honors, all-district, all-conference and all-state honorable mention distinction as well as TulsaWorld all-metro second-team honors ... Also lettered in basketball as a senior.
Personal: Calan Crowder was born 10/22/94 in Tulsa, Okla. ... Son of Demetruis Asphan and Sonta Crowder of Bartlesville, Okla. ... Has a brother, Tristan, and a sister, Trinity ... Majoring in Facility Management.