Jones, McKinney, Prescott Honored By College Football News
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State football continued its award-winning week as a trio of players were named to the College Football News All-Freshmen and All-Sophomore Teams.
Defensive end Chris Jones was a Second-Team All-Freshman pick while linebacker Benardrick McKinney was a Second-Team All-Sophomore selection. Quarterback Dak Prescott was placed on the sophomore honorable mention squad.
Jones, who was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-SEC selection earlier this week, played in all 12 games and started three during his initial season with the Bulldogs. The Houston, Miss., product leads the team with 10 quarterback hurries and 7.0 tackles for lost yardage. He owns 3.0 sacks, three pass breakups and 31 total tackles. Jones turned in a personal-best five stops and 2.0 TFL versus rival Ole Miss, helping the Bulldogs to a 17-10 overtime victory to return the Golden Egg trophy to Starkville. The performance netted Jones Dec. 2 SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors.
McKinney followed up a Freshman All-America campaign by earning a place on the Second Team All-Sophomore Team. He started all 12 games in 2013 and owns a team-best 70 tackles and 48 hits on rushing plays. The Tunica, Miss., product had a string of five-straight games with at least a half tackle for lost yardage, the longest stretch by a Bulldog since current Seattle Seahawk K.J. Wright had a six-contest streak from Sept. 18 - Oct. 23, 2010 and current New England Patriot Chris White turned in a five-game stretch from Sept. 4 - Oct. 2, 2010. McKinney booked a personal-best 1.5 sacks at Texas A&M, dropping Johnny Manziel twice, and tied for the team lead with eight stops versus Bowling Green, including four during the Falcons’ potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Prescott is tied for third among all FBS quarterbacks in touchdowns scored with 13, behind only Navy’s Keenan Reynolds (26) and Northern Illinois’ Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch (23). Prescott is also tied for sixth within the group in rushing touchdowns with 11. He set the MSU record for rushing yards by a quarterback this season with 751. A Haughton, La., native, Prescott has thrown for 1,657 yards and seven touchdowns while accounting for 20 touchdowns, the fourth most on the Bulldog single-season record list. Prescott’s 2,408 yards of total offense are also the fourth most in a campaign in Mississippi State history.
The trio will return to action on Dec. 31 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., to take on Rice with a 3 p.m. CT contest televised nationally on ESPN.