Mississippi State LB McKinney to pursue NFL career

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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