January 09, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

The school announced McKinney's decision on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 249-pounder from Tunica has led the Bulldogs in tackles the past two seasons. He played in 39 games during his college career, finishing with 244 total tackles, 19 1/2 tackles for loss and 7 1/2 sacks.

Mississippi State finished the season with a 10-3 record, ending with a loss in the Orange Bowl to Georgia Tech. McKinney said it was a ''privilege to be a part of one of the best teams in school history'' in a statement released by the school.

McKinney is the second Mississippi State player during the offseason to announce he will pursue an NFL career, joining running back Josh Robinson.

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