#50 Benardrick McKinney
Position: LB
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 249
Year: Junior
Hometown: Tunica, MS
High School: Rosa Fort HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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CAREER: Strong, athletic and explosive linebacker rated among the best at his position in 2014 … An All-America candidate who will likely be on several preseason watch lists … Considered the top underclass inside linebacker prospect by Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN … Ranked by as one of the top 14 “freakish” athletes in the nation for the upcoming season … Versatile talent who can play inside or out and was a high school quarterback … 2014 preseason All-SEC by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele … Earned freshman All-America honors in 2012 … Started 23 consecutive games entering his junior year … Played in 26 career games … Recorded 173 tackles in two seasons with 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks … Has three fumble recoveries to his credit.

2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: The leader of the MSU defense who started all 13 games at middle linebacker ... Named to College Football News’ All-Sophomore squad ... Racked up a team-best 71 total tackles, which ranked fourth among all sophomores in the SEC ... Tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with 7.0 for a loss of 44 yards ... Tops among all Bulldogs in sacks with 3.5 for a loss of 36 yards ... Also recovered two fumbles during the year ... Recorded a team second-best seven tackles in season-opener versus Oklahoma State (8/31) ... Turned in year’s best game at Auburn (9/14), leading team with nine tackles ... Got off to a strong start against the Tigers, recording four stops in the opening quarter, and six in the initial half ... Tied for team lead with five tackles against Troy (9/21), all in the first half ... Returned a fumble 26 yards in the opening quarter against the Trojans ... Tied for the team lead with eight tackles versus Bowling Green (10/12) ... Finished second on the squad with 10 tackles against Kentucky (10/24), including five in the opening quarter ... Recorded first sack of the season at South Carolina (11/2), hitting Connor Shaw for a 13-yard loss in the first quarter ... Booked a personal-best 1.5 sacks at Texas A&M (11/9), dropping Johnny Manziel twice for a combined loss of 19 yards ... Paced the Bulldogs with six total tackles against the Aggies ... Dropped Alabama’s Kenyan Drake for a one-yard loss in the first quarter (11/16) and added second fumble recovery on the year against the Tide ... Tied for second on the squad with nine tackles against Ole Miss (11/28).

2012 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON: Named a First-Team Freshman All-American by, FoxSportsNext, Phil Steele and … 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 … 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 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 first two career pass breakups in the SEC road win at Kentucky ... Racked up a career-high 14 tackles the next week at home against Tennessee ... Collected five tackles in homecoming win versus Middle Tennessee State ... Registered a 13-yard sack and four tackles at Alabama ... Made career-best 14 tackles at home versus Texas A&M ... Totaled six tackles and a pass breakup at LSU ... Tallied eight stops and a fumble recovery in victorious home finale against Arkansas ... Finished regular season strong with 10 tackles, a TFL and a pass breakup at Ole Miss ... Recorded five tackles in the final game of the season against Northwestern in the Gator Bowl.

2011 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: 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 Clarion-Ledger ... 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 ... Led the RFHS Lions to a 3-3 finish in Region 2 play and a first-round playoff appearance in the Class 4A state playoffs ... Selected by the state’s high school coaches to the North/South All-Star Game as a linebacker ... Started at quarterback for Rosa Fort during senior season ... Accounted for 2,036 total yards of offense and 22 touchdowns with 1,334 passing and 702 yards on the ground ... Threw 15 TD passes and ran for seven scores ... Credited with 66 tackles from 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 ...  Started for the Rosa Fort basketball team.

PERSONAL: Born Benardrick Cornelius McKinney on Nov. 19, 1992 … Majoring in industrial technology. 


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