Seven Bulldogs Named Preseason All-SEC By Phil Steele

Share on Fancred
Print RSS

Photo Courtesy of

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seven Mississippi State football players were named to the 2013 Phil Steele Preseason All-SEC Team, released Tuesday by the publication. Preseason All-American left guard Gabe Jackson led the way, as State had one player on the first team, four players on the second team and a pair on the third team. Only Alabama had more players selected total to the first and second teams.


Jackson, an All-SEC offensive guard who earned All-America honors by Phil Steele a season ago, was recognized by Steele on the first team. The Liberty, Miss., native enters his senior season listed by many publications as the top offensive guard prospect in next year’s NFL Draft.

Joining Jackson on the offensive list is fellow senior LaDarius Perkins, who drew a second-team selection. Entering his second season as the starting ball carrier, Perkins ranks sixth all-time at MSU with 3,463 all-purpose yards. This past season, he became just the ninth-different player in school history with 1,000 yards rushing (1,024).

The defensive unit was compiled of three Bulldog standouts. Sophomore linebacker Benardrick McKinney and safety Nickoe Whitley earned second-team honors, while senior defensive end Denico Autry was named to the third team. McKinney returns after a freshman All-America campaign in which he was top-five in the country in tackles by a freshman (102). Whitley enters his final season for the Maroon and White after starting all 13 games a year ago and finishing third on the team in total tackles with 88. Autry earned third-team honors following a debut campaign which saw him record 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks during.

Junior kick returner Jameon Lewis and senior punter Baker Swedenburg were also honored Tuesday. A member of the All-SEC team in 2012, Lewis finished third in the conference last season in yards-per-return (25.9). Swedenburg made the cut after leading the nation in yards-per-return defense (0.46), allowing 13 yards last fall. The Columbus, Miss., native forced 33 fair catches and downed 18 punts inside the 20, with a long ball of 54 yards.

The Bulldogs begin their 2013 season on August 31 in Houston, Texas, at Reliant Stadium against Oklahoma State. The Texas Kickoff Classic is set for a 2:30 kickoff and will be televised live nationally on ABC and ESPN2.

SEC Schools With Players On First And Second Teams
Alabama – 13
Mississippi State – 5
Florida – 5
LSU – 5
Tennessee – 5
Georgia – 4
South Carolina – 4
Vanderbilt – 4
Texas A&M – 3
Auburn – 2
Arkansas – 2
Ole Miss – 2
Kentucky – 1
Missouri – 1

MSU Preseason Honors

Denico Autry, DE
All-SEC: Phil Steele (Third Team)

Dillon Day, C
Rimington Trophy Watch List

Gabe Jackson, OG
All-America: Athlon Sports (Third Team)
All-SEC: Phil Steele (First Team), Athlon Sports (First Team)

Jameon Lewis, KR
All-SEC: Phil Steele (Second Team)

Benardrick McKinney, LB
All-SEC: Phil Steele (Second Team)

LaDarius Perkins, RB
All-SEC: Phil Steele (Second Team)

Baker Swedenburg, P
All-SEC: Phil Steele (Third Team)

Nickoe Whitley, S
All-SEC: Phil Steele (Second Team), Athlon Sports (Second Team)


Uploaded Ad
Maroon Friday - William Wells Tire
Maroon Friday - Firehouse Subs
Maroon Friday - Stromboli's
Maroon Friday - Northeast Mississippi Exterminating
Jimmy Johns Maroon Friday
Maroon Friday - Brian Michael's
Copy Cow
Hungry Howies
Aspen Bay
Maroon Friday - Deep South Pout
Penn's Maroon Friday
MSU Athletics
Best Western
Farm Bureau
Gray Daniels
MSU Athletics
Prime Sport Travel Packages
Vivid Seats