Making mark at MSU: McKinney wants to produce big junior year
Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney (50) holds up the Golden Egg Trophy after the Bulldogs defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 17-10 in overtime last November. (Photo By Thomas Graning, AP)
Benardrick McKinney could have been playing on Sundays this fall instead of Saturdays.
The junior linebacker for the Mississippi State Bulldogs thought long and hard about leaving Starkville and putting his name in the National Football League Draft, but after a long discussion with those close to him, the Tunica native decided to come back for another year.
"I thought about (coming out early last year), but after talking to my coach and my family, I felt it was best for me to stay another year," McKinney said.
This may be McKinney's last season with the Bulldogs. He comes in with high expectations and is expected to have one of the biggest seasons of all Southeastern Conference players on the defensive side of the ball.
McKinney led MSU with 71 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries last season.
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