Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes is one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.

Waynes, a junior from Kenosha, Wisconsin, had five tackles and a pass breakup in MSU's 35-11 win over Michigan on Saturday.

Waynes has 28 tackles on the season, two interceptions, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Three Thorpe finalists will be announced on Nov. 24 and the winner will be named on Dec. 11.


Sam Carter, TCU

Jeremy Cash, Duke

Landon Collins, Alabama

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

Senquez Golson, Mississippi

Josh Hawkins, East Carolina

Gerod Holliman, Louisville

Ronald Martin, LSU

Cody Prewitt, Mississippi

Jordan Richards, Stanford

Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

Triston Wade, Texas-San Antonio

Trae Waynes, Michigan State

PJ Williams, Florida State