Michigan State is losing some major defensive stars from its stellar 2013 defense, but the 2014 edition should feature plenty of star power – and the Bednarik watch list indicates that.
Calhoun also was named to the Paul Hornung award watch list, which honors the most versatile player in college football, after his breakout 2013 season.
Calhoun is coming off winning the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year award and being named the national player of the year by the College Football Performance Awards. He had three touchdowns in the Spartans’ first two games, a total which tied for the FBS lead. He also had 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Drummond had 91 tackles and four interceptions as a junior last season, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.
In his first year as a starter, Waynes had 50 tackles and three interceptions – all in the final three games of the season – and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick.