2020: Returning rookie left guard … selection of the All-Mid American Conference preseason first team by Phil Steele and second team by Athlon Sports … selected the preseason watchlist for the Outland Trophy and the Wuerffel Trophy … played 38 career games with 36 starts … started last 33 games at left guard … won the second All-MAC team in 2019 .. The first winning team of the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 in 2019 … three times Academic All-MAC (2017-18-19) and three times MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete (2017-18- 19) … played 2,644 career shots … one of four returning starters from the West Michigan offensive line … one of five Bronco offensive linemen with over 800 experience shots, joining Jaylon Moore (2,059), Spencer Kanz (910), Mark Brooks (880) and Jordan Asbury (866).
2019: Second Team All-MAC … Academic All-MAC … MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete … First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 … started all 13 games … helped Broncos finish in top three first in the MAC standings in total offensive yards per game (445.7; 2nd), third down conversion percentage (.453; 2nd), fewer fumbles lost (6; 2nd), fewer turnovers lost (14; 2nd) and points per game (33.1; 3rd) … nationally, the WMU offense was in the top 30 for the fewest turnovers lost (20th), the third down conversion percentage (23rd ), total offensive yards per game (25th), fewest fumbles lost (26th), rushing yards per game (205.1; 28th) and points per game (30th) … helped the Broncos to finish as the only Mid-American Conference team to compile over 2,600 rushing yards and over 3,000 passing yards… key member of a third-ranked attackof the conference and 18th nationally with the fewest sacks allowed per game (1.38) … the offensive line also ranked fourth in the MAC for the fewest tackles for losses suffered per game (5.08 )… The efforts helped the Broncos produce eight scrimmage plays of 60 yards or more, doubling the team’s total of the 2018 season… being part of an offensive line that opened holes for running back LeVante Bellamy, who was named one of 10 semi-finalists for the Doak Walker award, awarded to the best running back in college football… helped tight end Giovanni Ricci become one of the eight semi-finalists of the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top college fullback… contributed to the success of quarterback Jon Wassink, who ranked 29th nationally in total passing yards (3,097), 35th overall in offensive yards per game (262.8), 37th on passing yards (12.85) and 39th on passing yards per game (238.2) … on the field for 967 snaps.
2018: Academic All-MAC … MAC Athlete Emeritus … started all 13 games … helped open holes for a rushed West Michigan offense that averaged 199.46 yards per game, third best in Mid-American Conference … member of WMU’s offense who ranked among the MAC leaders in possession time (33:36; 1st), fewest sacks allowed per game (1, 54; 2nd), passing yards per game (237.4; 3rd), total offensive yards per game (436.8; 3rd), least lost turnovers (19; 4th), least intercepted passes (9; 4th), the fewest tackles for losses allowed per game (5.15; 4th), points per game (32.0; 4th) and the total of the first tries (296; 4th)… in addition to the top 50 national offensive rankings for the fewest sacks allowed per game (38th) and the fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (32nd), helped the Broncos reach the top 50 in possession time (6th), to first downs (31st), total offensive yards per game (35th), rushing yards per game (38th), points per game (38th) and fewer intercepts (43rd)… helps protect QB Jon Wassink and Kaleb Eleby, who combined to complete 243 of 396 (.614) passes for 3,086 yards with 20 touchdowns against just nine interceptions… opened holes for the West Michigan ground offense that included three fullbacks with over 350 yards and 32 total rushing touchdowns… guided the Broncos to bowling eligibility for the fifth consecutive season, a program record and a trip to the famous Idaho Potato Bowl… on the field for 900 shots .
2017: Academic All-MAC … MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete … played in all 12 games and started 10 … part of an offensive Bronco unit that ranked among the MAC leaders in rushing yards per game ( 224.8; 2nd), points per game (33.9; 3rd), fewest turnovers lost (18; 3rd), third downconversion percentage (0.395; 3rd) and fourth downconversion percentage ( 0.600; 3rd) … helped WMU place in the top 50 national offensive rankings for rushing yards per game (21st), points per game (25th), fewer intercepts (8; 29th), fourth percentage of down conversion (34th), fewer sacks allowed per game (1.83; 47th) and fewer lost turnovers (48th). .. opened holes for the West Michigan rushing attack that featured the 1,228 rushing yards of Jarvion Franklin, the second tallest in the MAC and 28th nationally… a key part of the blocking for Franklin’s 102.3 yards rushing per game, the second-highest average in conference… four Bronco running backs combined for 2,354 yards each averaging 4.3+ yards per attempt… on the field for 777 snaps.
2016: I haven’t experienced any game action.
BEFORE WESTERN MICHIGAN: A three-star prospect, according to ESPN.com … ranked the # 11 prospect in Wisconsin by ESPN.com … team captain as a senior … after the last campaign, won Associated press All-State First Team honors and was named Brookfield East’s MVP … selected Greater Metro Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year … led the team to a record of 10 -2 in 2015 and Level 3 playoffs … won the All-Conference Scholar Athlete Honors award.
STAFF: Born October 21, 1997 … son of Sue and Charlie Caliendo … graduated from Western Michigan in December 2019, with a degree in Biomedical Sciences … pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and applying to medical schools … uncle, Chris Caliendo, got three letters (1987-88-89) as a linebacker in Nebraska, helping the Cornhuskers to a 31-6 record, three final Associated Press rankings in the top 12, two Fiesta Bowl appearances, a trip to the Orange Bowl and the 1988 Big Eight Championship while also earning an honorable mention of the All-Big Eight honors in 1988 … uncle, Cary Caliendo, earned four letters ( 1987-88-89-90) as a defensive end in Northern Illinois, winning The Sporting News ‘Freshman All- America First Team Honors in 1987, receiving Football News’ All-America Honorable Mention in 1990, leading NIU in bags for four consecutive years and ending his career in second th place for bags (31.0) and third for tackles for loss (53.0).