#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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2014 First Team All-American: ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated
2014 Second Team All-American: Associated Press, Sporting News, Walter Camp
2014 First Team All-SEC: Coaches
2014 Second Team All-SEC: Associated Press
2014 Bednarik Award Semifinalist
2014 Butkus Award Semifinalist
2014 Lombardi Award Semifinalist

CAREER: One of the all-time great linebackers in Mississippi State history … Saw action in three seasons before foregoing his senior season for the NFL Draft … A top-30 draft prospect according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper … Was a two-star high school quarterback who finished his career as a first-team All-America linebacker … Became the program’s first first-team All-America linebacker since 1999 … MSU’s top tackler in his final two seasons … Played in 39 games with 36 starts with most of those coming at middle linebacker … Racked up 244 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and seven pass breakups … Also recovered six fumbles.

2014 JUNIOR SEASON: The leader of the MSU ‘psycho defense’ who earned first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association, ESPN, Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated … For the second straight year, was the Bulldogs’ top tackler recording 71 with eight tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble … Started all 13 games at middle linebacker … Selected a first-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and also was a semifinalist for three national awards … Concluded his career with a team-best 10 tackles in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech … Totaled nine tackles, one sack and 1.0 tackle for loss against No. 6 Texas A&M (10/4) … Tied a team high with seven tackles in the win at No. 8 LSU (9/20) … Named MSU’s Defensive Player of the Week following the win vs. UAB (9/6) after tallying a game-high 12 tackles to go along with a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss … Became the first MSU player since Fletcher Cox in October 2011 to record at least 3.5 TFL in a single game … Recovered a fumble, made five tackles and had a pass breakup in the win against No. 2 Auburn (10/11) …  Made four solo tackles, forced a fumble for the first time in his career and also recovered a fumble in the road win at Kentucky (10/25).

2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: 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.

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.

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 - 3.5, vs. UAB (9-6-14)  
Sacks - 1.5, at Texas A&M (11-9-13)
Pass Breakups - 2, at Kentucky (10-6-12)
Fumble Recovery - 1, (6x) last at Kentucky (10-25-14)
Forced Fumble – 1, at Kentucky (10-25-14)  


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