Emerging MSU Football Star CB Trae Waynes Talks About His Development
A: They like to coach you as well. So if they see you do something wrong theyâ€™ll try to help you out and correct you as well.
Q: Did you prove yourself at the bowl game, or did you already know that you could do it?
A: I knew I could do it. But like you said, I had to prove it to myself cause Iâ€™d never played in that atmosphere before, that big of a game. It was something I had to prove to myself as well. Even the people here, they were like, Show us why we brought you here. So I felt like they were testing me as well.
Q: So you know with Johnny out they were gonna test you, so whatâ€™s that like going in a marked man? An unknown? They canâ€™t hide you.
A: Itâ€™s definitely nerve-wracking. We try to hide guysâ€™ injuries as much as possible. Knowing that theyâ€™ll be coming at you, you gotta make plays.
Q: Was there one play where you were like, They took a shot at me. Bring another one. Iâ€™m fine now. Was there a moment like that?
A: There was never really an exact moment but itâ€™s always been like that since I was little. Iâ€™m always nervous. I get a couple plays out and then Iâ€™m fine. So I guess itâ€™s just like once I get going Iâ€™ll be fine.
Q: There was a play, like a 3rd down running play on your side. You were on the field side, werenâ€™t you? You had to take someone on, put your nose in there and force the punt. Do you remember that? You showed some toughness there. You looked like a veteran corner taking on a rough play at a crucial moment. Do you remember that play, how it developed?
A: As the game went on it was more like I just gotta play. You canâ€™t really think about it too much, you just gotta make plays. Thatâ€™s just what they teach us.
Q: You got off the block or made first contact on the ball, was that what it was?
A: I donâ€™t know.
Q: Whatâ€™s the biggest thing youâ€™ve learned in the last year?
A: Definitely plays and a lot of technique. Thatâ€™s something they always stress. You canâ€™t play if you donâ€™t know the plays. Thatâ€™s one thing I focus on.
Q: People got pretty used to Johnny Adams. Whatâ€™s the difference between the way he plays corner and the way you play?
A: Probably experience, definitely. We were close to the same size but he had a lot of experience on me. So he knew the game a lot better than I did. Iâ€™m just trying to catch up to him.
Q: Are you the fastest guy on this team? Are you faster than Bennie Fowler?
A: Close. Itâ€™s close. It would be interesting to see.
Q: But you wouldnâ€™t mind racing him?
A: I donâ€™t back down from competition, soâ€¦
Q: Are you the fastest guy on the defense? Are you the fastest guy on the secondary?
A: Thatâ€™s between me and Quez for sure. Quez was a big-time runner at Georgia. So itâ€™s between me and him, easy.
Q: What was your 40 time?
A: 4.34. I ran a 4.34, and then he ran 4.36, then I ran a 4.35 and then he ran a 4.34. We were pretty close.
Q: What was Bennie Fowlerâ€™s 40 time?
A: Oh, I donâ€™t know. Thatâ€™s all Iâ€™m gonna say.
Q: So in terms of ability to recover, recovery speed. Was that your greatest asset?
A: Yeah, I think it was. But definitely now Iâ€™m playing the line I got a lot more patience. Coach Barton mentioned that as well to me. Recovery speedâ€¦
Q: People knew you could run. They figured that out. But last year nobody talked about you as a guy thatâ€™s gonna come up and make plays. Whatâ€™s changed?
A: I feel like Iâ€™ve gotten a lot more physical than last year. I always felt like I come up and make plays.
Q: Howâ€™d you do that? Howâ€™d you get more physical?
A: Getting in the weight room. Getting in the weights and stuff like that.
Q: You were thin last year.
A: Yeah, Iâ€™m probably 182 right now.
Q: What were you a year ago?
Q: You were 170, really? You werenâ€™t in the 160â€™s?
A: Yeah. Nah, I was maybe low 175.
Q: You gained more than that.
A: Yeah, but spring ballâ€™s a lot of running so itâ€™s hard to gain weight. But after this I wanna get to at least 185.
Q: The weight youâ€™ve gained, youâ€™ve gained it all over? Primarily your upper body? Legs bigger?
A: My legs have always been small. Iâ€™ms ure they got a lot biggerâ€¦
Q: Like track legs.
A: Yeah, like my dad. He had bigger legs. But I definitely gained it in upper body, thatâ€™s for sure.
Q: Besides Bennie Fowler, whoâ€™s the receivers who give you the most difficulty
A: Theyâ€™re all pretty good but Iâ€™d probably say DeAnthony, MacGarrett, AJ Troup. A lot of the senior guys. Theyâ€™re all pretty tough.