Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
The 6'5" 235 lb middle linebacker from Tunica, Mississippi was named one of the SEC's best freshmen after registering 97 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack on the season.
The SEC coaches have voted on who they felt were the best freshmen in the league this year, and MSU's Bernardrick McKinney was among those selected.
The red-shirt freshman from Tunica, Mississippi was named to the coaches' freshmen All-SEC team today, the league announced.
McKinney had an outstanding first campaign with the Bulldogs, tallying 97 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery.
Here is the full freshman All-SEC squad, courtesy of the above link:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Twelve Southeastern Conference football squads are represented on the 13th annual SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team, it was announced on Thursday.
SEC Champion Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M led the way with four selections each, while Arkansas and South Carolina placed three on the team. Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss each had two.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was also chosen SEC Offensive Player of the Year earlier this week, as well as SEC Freshman of the Year and first team All-SEC. Georgia running back Todd Gurley was named to the second team.
The entire team is listed below:
2012 FRESHMAN ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE - Jerell Adams, South Carolina
OL - John Theus, Georgia
D.J. Humphries, Florida
Brandon Shell, South Carolina
Vadal Alexander, LSU
C - Ryan Kelly, Alabama
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP - Trey Williams, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL - Dante Fowler, Florida
Jonathan Bullard, Florida
Issac Gross, Ole Miss
D.J. Pettway, Alabama
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
*A.J. Turner, Arkansas
*Otha Peters, Arkansas
*Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB - Jalen Collins, LSU
T.J. Gurley, South Carolina
Rohan Gaines, Arkansas
LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS