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Brian Hoyer, Trae Waynes Preparing for Championship Weekend

Jan. 18, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Two former Michigan State Spartans – Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes – are preparing for NFL Conference Championships on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Hoyer, a back-up quarterback for New England, will be looking to go to the Super Bowl for the second time with the Patriots. He also was a back-up quarterback on the Super Bowl XLVI team. New England hosts Jacksonville at 3:05 p.m. on CBS in the AFC Championship Game.

A nine-year NFL veteran, Hoyer signed with New England on Nov. 1 after starting the first six games of the season for San Francisco. He completed 58 percent of his passes (119-of-205) for 1,245 yards and four touchdowns with the 49ers. Hoyer has played in five regular season games with Patriots, completing 4-of-6 passes for 42 yards.

Hoyer has thrown for nearly 10,000 yards during his NFL career (9,895 yards) with 48 career TDs. He has completed 59 percent of his passes (837-of-1410) in 60 career games, including 37 starts. Hoyer spent his first three seasons (2009-11) in the NFL with the Patriots.

A four-year letterwinner for the Spartans from 2005-08, Hoyer started his last 27 games at MSU, compiling a 16-11 record while leading Michigan State to the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl and 2009 Capital One Bowl. He still ranks among MSU’s all-time leaders in pass attempts (fourth with 896), total offense (fifth with 5,930 yards), passing yards (fifth with 6,159), pass completions (fifth with 200), passing yards per game (seventh at 157.9 ypg) and passing touchdowns (eighth with 35).

Waynes, a three-year veteran and two-year starting cornerback for the Vikings, will be playing in the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles later on Sunday at 6:40 p.m. on FOX. He recorded four tackles in Minnesota’s thrilling last-second victory over the Saints in the divisional round.

 

 

A first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in 2015, Waynes started all 16 games at cornerback for the NFC North Champion Vikings in 2017, ranking second on the team with two interceptions and sixth with 65 tackles (57 solo, 8 assists). He has started 26 of 46 career games in three seasons, with five interceptions, 26 passes defended and 145 tackles.

As a two-year starter, Waynes helped the Spartans to a combined record of 24-3, including back-to-back bowl victories over No. 5 Stanford (24-20) in the 2014 Rose Bowl and No. 4 Baylor (42-41) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic. A three-year letterwinner (2012-14), Waynes recorded 101 tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass break-ups in 36 career contests. He earned first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-America honors as a senior in 2014. Waynes helped Michigan State’s defense rank No. 1 in the FBS in pass efficiency defense, No. 2 in total defense and No. 3 in scoring defense as a junior in 2013.

Super Bowl LII is set for Sunday, Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

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