Football.com - everything football
Benardrick McKinney
50
Benardrick McKinney

LB

Height
6-5
Weight
249 Lbs

Bio

Benardrick McKinney is a middle linebacker for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference. He was named a 2014 pre-season fourth team All-American by Phil Steele.

High School

McKinney attended Rosa Fort High School in Mississippi. He was a quarterback and a linebacker in high school and generated 2,036 yards of total offense and 22 touchdowns his senior season. On defense McKinney tallied 66 tackles and earned a spot in the North/South All-Star Game. McKinney also started for the varsity basketball team.

College

McKinney redshirted during his freshman season in 2011 at Mississippi State. As a redshirt freshman in 2012 he was a first team Freshman All-American according to CBSSports.com, FoxSportsNext, Phil Steele and CollegeFootballNews.com. He played in all 13 games and started the final 10 games of the season. He finished the 2012 season tied for second in the FBS for tackles by a freshman with 102. His 102 tackles were sixth in the SEC. He also tallied 4.5 tackles for loss.

 In 2013 McKinney started all 13 games at middle linebacker. He led the Bulldogs with 71 tackles, fourth among sophomores in the SEC. He tallied seven tackles for loss, tied for the most on the squad. He also led Mississippi State in sacks with 3.5 and recovered two fumbles. College Football News named McKinney to their All Sophomore team. McKinney is receiving a lot of attention from the NFL entering the 2014 season. NFL.com ranked him as one of the top 14 “freakish” athletes in college football.  

Statistics

Stats SOLO AST TOTAL SK QB HIT TFL INT YDS LONG TD FF FRC TD SAF
2013 Regular Season 28 2 31 3.5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result SOLO AST TOTAL SK QB HIT TFL INT FF FRC TD
12-31-2014 @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 49-34 9 0 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-29-2014 @ Ole Miss Rebels Ole Miss Rebels 31-17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-22-2014 @ Vanderbilt Commodores Vanderbilt Commodores 51-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-15-2014 @ Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama Crimson Tide 25-20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-8-2014 @ Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 45-16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

News

2015 NFL Draft Prospect You Need To Know: SEC

2015 NFL Draft Prospect You Need To Know: SEC

by David Seigerman

It's not a name most football fans outside Starkville, Mississippi are aware of yet. It's not yet become familiar to YouTube searches or a name that strikes fear in the hearts of quarterbacks and copy editors alike... Read more

2015 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Big Board

2015 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Big Board

by David Seigerman

Welcome back, Ifo. When I released my "Way Too Early Big Board" a year in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was my 32nd-best prospect, the erstwhile last pick of the first round. Ekpre-Olomu had a terrific 2013 season... Read more

2015 NFL Draft: First Look At LBs

2015 NFL Draft: First Look At LBs

by Bill Lund

I love the position of Linebacker, whether it is inside or outside. To me, linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense... Read more