McKinney named Bednarik Award semifinalist


Benardrick McKinney

Benardrick McKinney

Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney was selected as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

McKinney was one of 20 finalists announced Monday for the award given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. The 6-foot-5, 249-pounder from Tunica leads the Bulldogs with 50 tackles including six stops for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

McKinney is the first MSU players selected as a Bednarik Award semifinalist since Johnthan Banks in 2012.

The list will be narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 24 and the award will be presented on Dec. 11 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:

First Last Positon School
Vic Beasley DE Clemson Senior
Joey Bosa DE Ohio State Soph.
Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State Junior
Landon Collins S Alabama Junior
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon Senior
Senquez Golson CB Ole Miss Senior
Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Junior
Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Soph.
Jordan Hicks LB Texas Senior
Gerod Holliman S Louisville Soph.
Hau’oli Kikaha LB Washington Senior
Benardrick McKinney LB Mississippi State Junior
Shawn Oakman DE Baylor Junior
Nate Orchard DE Utah Senior
Denzel Perryman LB Miami Senior
Shane Ray DE Missouri Junior
Danny Shelton DT Washington Senior
Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame Soph.
Leonard Williams DE USC Junior
Scooby Wright III LB Arizona Soph.


I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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