Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, Titans right tackle Jack Conklin, Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes are preparing to play in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs this weekend (Jan. 13-14).
Several former Spartans who are now playing in the NFL came back for the weekend to help work Michigan State's senior one-day camp on Saturday.
Four Spartans selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.
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
Michigan State vs. Penn State (USATSI)
Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.
USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13
Michigan State @ Nebraska
Michigan takes on Iowa on the road
- 2014 SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (WALTER CAMP, SPORTING NEWS, ATHLON SPORTS)
- 2014 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (COACHES, MEDIA, ESPN.COM, ATHLON SPORTS, PHIL STEELE)
- 2014 THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALIST
CAREER NOTES: Selected in the first round (No. 11 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings . . . Became MSU's highest drafted Spartan in the head coach Mark Dantonio era and the highest since 2003 . . . Is the highest drafted cornerback at MSU in the modern NFL Draft era (since 1967) . . . Three-year letterwinner was a two-year starter at cornerback . . . collected 101 tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass break-ups in 36 career games, including 27 consecutive starts.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named second-team All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News and Athlon Sports . . . also earned All-America honors from Associated Press (third team), Phil Steele (third team) and SI.com (honorable mention) . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches, media) . . . became MSU's third first-team All-Big Ten cornerback under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio (Johnny Adams, 2011-12; Darqueze Dennard, 2012-13) . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . was one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) . . . defensive recipient of MSU's Jim Adams Award (unsung hero) . . . started all 13 games at boundary corner . . . ranked sixth on the team with 46 tackles, including two for losses (9 yards) and one sack (4 yards) . . . ranked second on the team with a career-high eight pass break-ups . . . tied for second on the team with three interceptions . . . ranked sixth on the team with 111 production points during the regular season . . . in his final game as a Spartan, registered three tackles and a pass break-up in the Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . in the regular-season finale at Penn State, recorded his third interception of the season and sixth of his carer; also broke up a pass, had four stops, and led the secondary with 20 production points against the Nittany Lions . . . selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after limiting Rutgers' Leonte Carroo to one catch for 6 yards while recording three tackles; Carroo entered the game ranked second in the Big Ten, averaging 93.3 receiving yards per game . . . 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 pass 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 a career-high 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 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.