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McKinney Named Freshman All-American & All-SEC Freshman

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December 07, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State redshirt freshman linebacker Benardrick McKinney was named to the FoxSportsNext Freshman All-America First Team Friday, one day after earning All-SEC Freshman honors in a vote by the league coaches.

McKinney is believed to be the first player in school history to be named a freshman All-American and is the first State linebacker since Jamon Hughes in 2006 to be named by the SEC head coaches to the All-SEC Freshman team.

McKinney played in all 12 regular-season games in his first campaign with the Maroon and White, starting the last nine contests. The Tunica, Miss., native finished fourth in the nation among freshman and seventh overall in the SEC with 97 tackles, while also tallying 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound linebacker's most memorable performance came in the SEC road win at Kentucky Oct. 6, when he posted 12 tackles (10 solo), 1.0 tackles for loss and two pass breakups. For his efforts, McKinney was named Co-SEC Freshman of the Week, becoming the first MSU player since LaDarius Perkins in November 2010 to pick up the weekly accolade.

For more information on McKinney and his appearance in the 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, follow the team on Twitter at @MStateFB and like the team on Facebook at Facebook.com/MstateFB.

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