By JOEL COLEMAN
For the third time in less than a week, a Mississippi State football player has announced he is leaving the program early.
Junior linebacker Beniquez Brown is the latest to announce he will forego his senior season to enter the 2016 NFL Draft MSU confirmed on Wednesday. Brown joins wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson and defensive tackle Chris Jones as Bulldog underclassmen who will move on from Mississippi State to pursue professional careers.
Brown was a two-year starter for Mississippi State. He ended his Bulldog tenure last week in MSU’s 51-28 victory over NC State in the Belk Bowl with nine tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.
For his career, Brown totaled 200 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and three interceptions.
Brown’s 2015 highlight came in Mississippi State’s 51-50 win at Arkansas on Nov. 21.
With the Bulldogs clinging to their one point lead, Brown blocked a game-winning field goal attempt from the Razorbacks to seal MSU’s victory.
Mississippi State boasts plenty of depth at the linebacker position as they seek to replace Brown in 2016. Richie Brown, MSU’s leading tackler in 2015, still has a year of eligibility left. J.T. Gray, Gerri Green and DeAndre Ward each saw significant playing time at the position last season. In addition, junior college transfer Traver Jung as well as freshman Leo Lewis should each compete for playing time next year.
The 2016 NFL Draft runs from April 30 to May 2.