Mississippi State didn’t have any players on the Southeastern Conference Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team.
The teams were unveiled on the new SEC Network Thursday. Both commentators on the network felt like a couple of Bulldogs may have been snubbed.
Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy felt Bulldog junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney should have made the first team. Former LSU defensive tackle Anthony “Booger” McFarland said Bulldog defensive lineman Chris Jones was the biggest snub on the defensive side of the ball.
McKinney and Jones were both selected to the second team. They also made the All-SEC Second Team, as decided by the media last month.
“I think Chris has a world of potential,” MSU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins said earlier this month. “Every single day he comes out there with (defensive line) coach (David) Turner and tires to get better.”
McKinney, rated the top underclassmen inside linebacker prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft, had 71 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks a season ago.
“I’ve coached him every single day since he’s been here, and I can’t say enough about him,” Collins said.
Jones had a great freshman campaign with 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and a team-high 10 quarterback hurries.
The Bulldogs had three players make the third team. Junior quarterback Dak Prescott, senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis and senior defensive back Jamerson Love were selected to the third team. Prescott made the media’s All-SEC Second Team, while Lewis was on the third team. This is the first honor for Love.
Prescott will be in his first year as the full-time starter. He wasn’t expected to start any games last season, but an injury to Tyler Russell thrust Prescott into that role. He responded with nearly 2,000 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. He also led the team with 829 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
Lewis, one of the more versatile players in the game, had 923 receiving yards and five touchdowns a year ago. Love had three interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2013.
The Bulldogs open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against in-state foe Southern Mississippi in the newly renovated Davis Wade Stadium.