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.
'Play the next' mentality has helped MSU win nine consecutive games and a Big Ten Championship.
USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13
Michigan State @ Nebraska
Michigan takes on Iowa on the road
Michigan State vs. TCU (AP)
Fourth-year player enters 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 55 tackles and three interceptions in 23 career games . . . featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and Nagurski Trophy (nation's most outstanding defensive player) . . . preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele (third team) and Athlon Sports (fourth team) . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports (first team), Phil Steele (first team) and Lindy's (second team) . . . named to College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy Watch List . . . listed among the nation's Top 10 defensive backs (No. 5) to watch in 2014, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.
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.
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