Trae Waynes is a cornerback for the Michigan State University Spartans of the Big Ten Conference. He was named a 2014 pre-season third team All-American by Phil Steele.
Waynes attended Bradford High School in Wisconsin. He missed three games due to injury but was still a first team all-state selection as a senior. Waynes finished his senior season with 38 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups. A two-year starter, Waynes came out of high school ranked as one of the top 100 corners in the country by Scouts, Inc.
Waynes redshirted in 2011 at Michigan State. As a red-shirt freshman in 2012 he appeared in nine games, mainly as a special teams contributor. Waynes recorded five tackles on the season. He emerged as a force at corner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU, finishing with three tackles and a half of a sack.
In 2013 Waynes started all 14 games at corner as a sophomore. The coaches and media picked Waynes as an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection. CollegeFootballNews.com selected Waynes as a member of their All-Sophomore second team. He finished the season with 50 tackles, including four in the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State and 1.5 tackles for loss. Waynes tallied three interceptions, including one in the Rose Bowl against Stanford, and five pass break-ups.
Entering the 2014 season Waynes has 55 career tackles and three career interceptions.
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