MSU secondary a group of depth, strength

Michigan State has Darqueze Dennard in the fold still and have high expectations for his counterpart in Trae Waynes on the other side.

Michigan State routinely has had a good secondary during head coach Mark Dantonio's tenure in East Lansing and 2013 looks to be no different.

Leading the way is four-year starter Darqueze Dennard, who likely will be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

The Spartans do have to replace another four-year starter in Johnny Adams, but they appear to have their man in Trae Waynes.

"Waynes will be an outstanding player for us, probably a three-year starter these next three years," Dantonio said.

Dennard said he has seen the growth in Waynes' game and it's all about the confidence.

"Trae has come a long way since he first came in," Dennard said. "When he first came in, he didn't really know what was going on. Now, he has a grasp of the defense and he knows and he is playing with confidence. He knows where to go and what position to be in.

"To play the position of cornerback, you have to have a lot of confidence and over this last year he gained a lot of confidence."

The depth at cornerback extends into the class of 2012, which brought in three cornerbacks in Ezra Robinson, Jermaine Edmonson and Mark Meyers that figure to play a role in the Spartans' future.

"Throughout the year, I saw those guys on scout team throughout the year and they make a lot of plays," Dennard said. "I see them in spring ball, making a lot of plays as well. I think the cornerback depth this year is pretty deep and we got a lot of players that can play the position.

"I have confidence in all our cornerbacks, the three redshirt freshman, also Trae and guys like Mylan Hicks and Arjen Colquhoun."


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