April 18, 2012

McKinney moving up the depth chart

Benardrick McKinney was the definition of a sleeper prospect signed by Mississippi State in the 2011 class.

The two-way player out of Rosa Fort, Miss., had no other major offers when he signed with the Bulldogs but after a redshirt season is getting first team reps at middle linebacker this spring.

"Things are going pretty good and I'm catching on pretty quickly," McKinney said. "Ferlando Bohanna and Cameron Lawrence are teaching me and telling me what to do. They tell me I'm doing great and keeping me up."

Linebackers coach Geoff Collins wants his unit to be versatile enough to play all three position. McKinney is still working to learn all three spots but has found a level of confidence at mike linebacker where excelled in high school.

"I started off at will but I'm catching on faster at mike," McKinney said. "I played (mike) in high school. I like playing inside because I was a quarterback and I like calling the shots."

The Tunica native did a little bit of everything for the Lions at the prep level and was the first player to sign with an SEC program in a decade when his high school coach McKinley Scott joined the Bulldogs.

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