Four Spartans selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Michigan State's junior cornerback becomes the highest-drafted cornerback in Minnesota franchise history.
2014 first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American becomes Michigan State's 35th first-round selection, including its second-straight cornerback.
Eighteen former Spartans audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.
Trae Waynes runs the fastest 40-yard dash time among cornerbacks and second fastest at the NFL Combine with a time of 4.31 seconds.
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.