Trae Waynes had 50 tackles and three interceptions for the Spartans last season. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)
Michigan State could make it two-for-two for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the top defensive back in college football.
The preseason watch list was announced Friday, and it includes Spartans Kurtis Drummond, a senior safety, and Trae Waynes, a junior cornerback.
The 2013 winner was MSU cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Michigan junior cornerback Blake Countess also is on the watch list, as is Western Michigan senior cornerback Donald Celiscar.
Dennard was the first MSU winner of the award, which has been presented annually every season since 1986. Cornerback Charles Woodson won the award for Michigan in 1997.
Celiscar, who is from Winter Haven, Fla., had 60 tackles, nine pass break-ups and three interceptions for the Broncos last season.