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#50 Benardrick McKinney
Position: LB
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 235
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tunica, MS
High School: Rosa Fort HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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McKinney Videos
CAREER: Named 2013 preseason All-SEC by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . Named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player . . . One of only three underclassmen in the country (only linebacker) to make the list . . . Athletic linebacker coming off of a Freshman All-American campaign for the Maroon and White … A freshman All-American by CBS Sports, Phil Steele, Scout.com and FoxSportsNext who played in all 13 games in his debut campaign . . . Started the last 11 games of the 2012 season, tying for second in the nation among freshman and sixth overall in the SEC with 102 tackles . . . Named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in a vote by the league coaches . . . Earned Co-SEC Freshman of the Week Honors after his brilliant performance in the 2012 road win at Kentucky . . . Also tallied 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

2012: Named a First-Team Freshman All-American by CBSSports.com, FoxSportsNext, Phil Steele and CollegeFootballNews.com . . . Burst onto the scene as one of the top underclassmen linebackers in the country, playing in all 13 games, including starts in the last 10 . . .  Led all SEC freshmen and tied for second among freshman in the FBS with 102 tackles, which also ranked sixth overall in the SEC . . . Earned All-SEC Freshman honors by the SEC coaches and ESPN.com . . . Totaled 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery . . . Collected four tackles each in the wins versus Jackson State and Auburn, before making eight tackles in his road debut at Troy . . . Recorded a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss to go with eight total tackles in the home victory against South Alabama . . . Named Co-SEC Freshman of the Week after posting 12 tackles (10 solo), 1.0 tackles for loss and his first two career pass breakups in the SEC road win at Kentucky . . . Led the MSU defense in holding UK to 20-yards-or-less in nine of its 12 possessions, while also forcing five three-and-outs . . . Racked up a career-high 14 tackles the next week in the nationally-televised win against Tennessee at home . . . Collected five tackles in the homecoming win vs. MTSU . . . Registered a 13-yard sack and four tackles at Alabama . . . Made 14 tackles at home vs. Texas A&M . . . Totaled six tackles and a pass breakup at LSU . . . Tallied eight tackles and a fumble recovery in the victorious home finale vs. Arkansas . . . Finished the regular season strong with 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the Egg Bowl at Ole Miss ... Recorded five tackles in the final game of the season against Northwestern in the Gator Bowl.

2011: Sat out his first season as a redshirt freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL: A top defensive prospect in the state of Mississippi . . . Rated among the top 25 Most Wanted by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . . . He is the first Rosa Fort player to sign with an SEC program since 2001, following in the footsteps of his 2010 high school coach and former Bulldog receiver McKinley Scott . . . He led the RFHS Lions to a 3-3 finish in Region 2 play and a first-round playoff appearance in Class 4A . . . The state’s high school coaches selected him to the North/South All-Star Game as a linebacker . . . Started at quarterback for Rosa Fort his senior season . . . Accounted for 2,036 total yards of offense and 22 touchdowns with 1,334 passing and 702 yards on the ground . . . Threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for another seven . . . Credited with 66 tackles from his linebacker spot . . . Threw for 530 yards with five touchdowns as a junior . . . Rushed for one score and 100 yards that season and posted 34 total tackles on defense . . . Also served as the team’s punter as a junior . . . Additionally, he started for the Rosa Fort basketball team . . . Committed to Mississippi State in September 2010, after being recruited by Ole Miss, Memphis and LSU.

McKinney’s Career Highs
Total Tackles – 14, (2x) last vs. Texas A&M (11-3-12)
Assisted Tackles – 12, vs. Tennessee (10-13-12)
Solo Tackles – 12, vs. Texas A&M (11-3-12)
Tackles for Loss - 1.5, vs. South Alabama (9-22-12)
Sacks - 1.0, at Alabama (10-27-12)
Pass Breakups - 2, at Kentucky (10-6-12)
Fumble Recovery - 1, vs. Arkansas (11-17-12)

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