McKinney Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week

Remember that blog entry I did last week on freshman middle linebacker Benardrick McKinney? Yeah, well, his stellar play continued Saturday, and the SEC recognized that by naming him co-freshman of the week this morning.

McKinney recorded a career-high 12 tackles – 10 solo – one tackle-for-loss and two pass break-ups in the Bulldogs’ 27-14 win at Kentucky. He has now supplanted Cam Lawrence as the leading tackler for the season, with 36 stops (Lawrence has 33). McKinney’s 21 solo tackles also lead, and he has 2.5 TFLs. Over his last three games, McKinney has 28 tackles.

Saturday marked the second consecutive start of the season for McKinney after coming off the bench the first three games. He’s been sharing snaps with sophomore Ferlando Bohanna, but at this rate McKinney is going to make it tougher and tougher for Bohanna to get reps.

The other co-freshman of the week was Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who rallied the Aggies past Ole Miss.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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