McKinney adds another honor

Benardrick McKinney

Benardrick McKinney

For the second straight day, Mississippi State junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney was selected as an All-American.

On Friday it was ESPN who tabbed the 6-foot-5, 249-pounder with the honor. McKinney led the Bulldogs with 61 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

McKinney was tabbed as a second team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Thursday. The Tunica native was also named a first team All-SEC selection by ESPN and the league’s coaches and a second team All-SEC selection by the media.

2014 ESPN All-Americans

Offense

WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

WR Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR Rashard Higgins, Colorado State

OT Andrus Peat, Stanford

OG A.J. Cann, South Carolina

C Reese Dismukes, Auburn

OG Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin

OT Spencer Drango, Baylor

QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

Defense

DE Leonard Williams, USC

DE Nate Orchard, Utah

DT Malcolm Brown, Texas

DL/LB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

LB Shaq Thompson, Washington

LB Scooby Wright, Arizona

CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss

CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

SS Landon Collins, Alabama

FS Gerod Holliman, Louisville

Special teams

K Robert Aguayo, Florida State

P JK Scott, Alabama

All-Purpose Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Coach

Gary Patterson, TCU

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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