Mississippi State was well represented on Phil Steele’s All-American and All-Southeastern Conference teams.
Junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney garnered his seventh All-American honor receiving a first team nod from Steele. The 6-foot-5, 249-pounder from Tunica also garnered a first team selection on the All-SEC squad.
McKinney led the team with 61 tackles including eight for loss. He also added three sacks, four pass breakups, forced one fumble and recovered three fumbles.
Senior offensive guard Ben Beckwith was selected as a fourth team All-American and garnered a first team All-SEC pick as a tackle. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder from Benton led the Bulldogs with 75 pancake blocks.
Senior defensive end Preston Smith was also named a fourth team All-American and a first team All-SEC selection. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder from Stone Mountain, Ga., topped the team with 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Smith also made 44 tackles, broke up three passes, recovered a fumble and had two interceptions – one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Junior Dak Prescott was picked as a first team All-SEC quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Haughton, La., completed 61.2-percent of his passes for 2,996 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while adding 939 yards on the ground and 13 more scores. Prescott also caught two passes for 35 yards and another touchdown.
Junior running back Josh Robinson earned a second team All-SEC selection. The 5-foot-9, 215-pounder from Franklinton, La., carried 177 times for 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns and also caught 28 passes for 370 yards and another score.