Blog – MSU’s Prescott, Smith and McKinney make All-SEC Coaches’ First Team

The honors keep rolling in for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

A day after the Associated Press released its All-Southeastern Conference teams, the SEC coaches announced theirs.

Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive lineman Preston Smith and linebacker Benardrick McKinney made the first team, while offensive lineman Ben Beckwith and running back Josh Robinson made the second team.

This is the first time since 1994 that MSU has placed three players on the All-SEC Coaches’ First Team.

Prescott and Beckwith were first team selections by the AP, while Robinson, Smith and McKinney were second team selections.

Prescott broke 10 school records this season. The junior finished with 2,996 passing yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 939 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns.

The Haughton, La., native is a finalist for the Maxwell Award, given to the most outstanding player in college football, and the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the top quarterback in college football. Those awards will be announced Thursday.

Smith started his senior season by winning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week three times in a row. He finished with 44 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, five passes defended, 15 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

McKinney led all Bulldogs with 61 tackles. The junior had eight tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries, three fumble recovers and one forced fumble.

Robinson rushed for 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns. The junior was the second leading receiver with 28 catches for 370 yards and a touchdown.

Beckwith started his career as a walk-on but became a scholarship player before his junior season. The Benton native has started every game this season, mainly at right guard, but also started at center for one game.

The senior earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times for his play this season.

The Bulldogs finished with a record of 10-2 and finished second place in the SEC Western Division. MSU will play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.


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