First-team Midseason All-American is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to college football's defensive player of the year since 1995.
All-American Darqueze Dennard voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Spartans recognized for winning the 100th Rose Bowl Game.
From Connor Kruse to Trevon Pendleton to Ed Davis, several unsung heroes have helped MSU reach the Rose Bowl.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.
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Michigan State @ Nebraska
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Michigan State vs. TCU (AP)
THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALIST
MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN (FIRST TEAM: SI.COM; SECOND TEAM: CBSSPORTS.COM; THIRD TEAM, PHIL STEELE)
MIDSEASON ALL-BIG TEN (PHIL STEELE)
CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player is in his second season as a starting cornerback . . . listed No. 1 on the depth chart at boundary corner after starting at field corner in 2013 . . . two-year letterwinner has 91 tackles, five interceptions and 11 pass break-ups in 33 career games, including 24 consecutive starts . . . listed among the nation's Top 10 defensive backs (No. 5) to watch in 2014, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) . . . named Midseason All-American by SI.com (first team), CBSSports.com (second team) and Phil Steele (third team) . . . Midseason All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele (first team) . . . has started all 10 games at boundary corner . . . has 36 tackles this season, including two for losses (9 yards) . . . ranks second on the team with six pass break-ups . . . tied for third on the team with two interceptions . . . led secondary with 20 production points, including four tackles and a pass break-up, at Maryland . . . compiled 20 production points, five tackles and a pass break-up in the win over Michigan . . . had a career-high two tackles for loss (9 yards), including a 4-yard sack, and also broke up a pas at Indiana . . . tallied 20 production points to lead the secondary at Purdue; had five tackles and a fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter against the Boilermakers . . . led the secondary with 22 production points in victory over No. 19 Nebraska; tied his career high with two interceptions and also posted career bests in tackles (7) and pass break-ups (2) . . . collected four stops against Wyoming . . . had four tackles and a pass break-up at No. 3 Oregon.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started all 14 games at field cornerback . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media . . . named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (second team) . . . recipient of MSU's Tommy Love Award (most improved player: defense) . . . collected 50 tackles, including 1.5 for losses . . . had eight passes defended (three interceptions, five pass break-ups) . . . ranked eighth on the team with 132 production points . . . recorded his third interception of the season and tallied three tackles against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . credited with four stops in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State . . . recorded the first two interceptions of his career and had two tackles against Minnesota . . . collected five tackles, including a 3-yard loss, at Northwestern . . . posted five tackles, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass in victory at Nebraska . . . collected three tackles and a pass break-up against No. 23 Michigan . . . had five stops and a pass break-up at Illinois . . . recorded three tackles, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), against Purdue . . . registered five tackles vs. Indiana . . . tallied a career-high six tackles at Iowa and totaled 26 production points . . . posted four stops and tallied 26 production points at No. 22 Notre Dame.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in nine games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . recorded five tackles . . . played a majority of snaps at cornerback in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU and tallied a career-high three tackles; was also credited with a half sack (1 yard) against the Horned Frogs . . . collected two tackles at Central Michigan . . .
2011 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in the 2011 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game in Oshkosh (withdrew) . . . rated among the nation's top cornerbacks (No. 73) . . . ranked among the country's top safeties by Scouts, Inc. (No. 94) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 67) . . . rated among Wisconsin's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 14) . . . two-year starter for Coach Jed Kennedy at Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin . . . first-team all-state and all-region selection as a senior by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association despite missing three games with knee and leg injuries . . . also named first-team All-Southeast Conference in 2010 . . . posted 38 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups as a senior . . . featured on the preseason watch list for the Jim Leonard Award, presented to the state's top senior defensive back by the Wisconsin Sports Network . . . recorded the fastest time in the 40 (4.37) at the 2010 Midwest Ultimate 100 Camp . . . honorable mention all-conference pick as a junior . . . earned first-team all-county honors as an outfielder in 2010 after leading the Red Devils in home runs (3) and finishing second in batting average (.452, 28-of-62) . . . also produced eight doubles and three triples as a junior while being caught stealing only once in 26 attempts . . . Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association honorable mention all-district selection and first-team all-conference choice as a sophomore . . . finished third in the 100 (10.85) at the 2011 Division I state track & field championships . . . 2010 county indoor track champion in the 60- and 220-yard dashes . . . son of Ron and Erin Waynes . . . born July 25, 1992 . . . psychology major.