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Benardrick McKinney
ILB #55
Mississippi St.
Tunica, MS

Quick Stats (2016):

Career Stats
TOTAL 192 116 76 6.0 0 2 0 0 -- 0 0 1 0
2016 HOU 16 16 129 79 50 5.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 HOU 14 11 63 37 26 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans with the 11th pick in the second round (43rd overall) of 2015 NFL Draft.
TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans with the 11th pick in the second round (43rd overall) of 2015 NFL Draft.

Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro (2016)

2016 (Houston 16/16, 2/2):
The only player in the NFL in 2016 and the second player in franchise history (Jamie Sharper in 2002) with at least 100 tackles and 5.0 sacks
Finished 11th in the NFL in tackles with 129
Became the seventh player in franchise history to record a 100-tackle season
Passed DeMeco Ryans (127 in 2007) for the eighth-most tackles in a single season in Texans history
Led the team in tackles and ranked third in sacks
Set single-season career highs in tackles (129), quarterback hits (11), sacks (5.0),  tackles for loss (8), passes defensed (2) and forced fumbles (1)
His 69 tackles through Week 7 were the most through the first seven games of a season in franchise history
Led the team in tackles in Weeks 2-7 and 11
Tied for second on the team with five tackles (two solo) and added a career-high two quarterback hits in the season opener vs. Chicago (9/11)
Led the team with a season-high eight tackles to go along with 1.0 sack vs. Kansas City (9/18)
Posted a single-game career-high 16 tackles at New England (9/22) in Week 3, which marked the highest single-game total by a Texan since ILB Brian Cushing (17) in 2014
Also notched 1.0 sack at New England (9/22), giving him a new single-season career high
Led the team in tackles for the third straight week with nine (six solo) and forced a fumble vs. Tennessee  (10/2) in Week 4
Led the team with 10 tackles (five solo), marking his second 10-tackle game of the year, at Minnesota (10/9) in Week 5
Collected a team-high 12 tackles (seven solo), 1.0 sack and two quarterback hits vs. Indianapolis (10/16) in Week 6
Finished second on the team with nine tackles (seven solo) at Denver (10/24) in Week 7
Tied for the team lead with seven tackles (six solo) and matched a career high with two tackles for loss at Jacksonville (11/13) in Week 10
Posted a team-high eight tackles (all solo) and notched one tackle for loss at Oakland (11/21) in Week 11
Notched his fourth 10-tackle game of the season with 12 tackles (eight solo) to go along with 1.0 sack and two quarterback hits vs. San Diego (11/27) in Week 12
Set a single-season career high by making his 12th start of the season and contributed with five tackles (three solo) at Green Bay (12/4) in Week 13
Tied for the team lead with eight tackles (five solo), adding one pass defensed and one quarterback hit, at Indianapolis (12/11) in Week 14
Led the team with seven tackles (four solo), to go along with 1.0 sack of Jaguars QB Blake Bortles and two quarterback hits, giving him 11 on the year, vs. Jacksonville (12/18) in Week 15
Tied for second on the team with seven tackles, including five solo stops, vs. Cincinnati (12/24) in Week 16
Made seven tackles (three solo) vs. Oakland (1/7/17) in the AFC Wild Card round
Posted the first two postseason passes defensed of his career at New England (1/14/17) in the AFC Divisional round

2015 (Houston 14/11, 1/1):
Made one special teams tackle in his NFL debut vs. Kansas City (9/13)
Tallied the first two tackles, including one for loss, of his career at Carolina (9/20)
Made his first NFL start vs. Tampa Bay (9/27)
Recorded two tackles (one solo) and one special teams tackle (9/27)
Posted three tackles in his second straight start of the season at Atlanta (10/4)
Finished second on the team with seven tackles, including six solo stops vs. Indianapolis (10/8)
Inactive in Weeks 7-8
Played and started in his first game (11/16) since Week 6 at Jacksonville (10/18)
Led the team with a career-high nine tackles (six solo), including one for loss at Cincinnati (11/16)
Tied for third on the team with eight tackles, including four solo stops, vs. New England (12/13)
His tackle total was his second-highest single-game output of the season (12/13)
Tied for the team lead with seven tackles (three solo), including two for loss and 1.0 sack at Indianapolis (12/20)
Picked up his first career sack when he brought down Hasselbeck for an 11-yard loss in the third quarter at Indianapolis (12/20). The sack pinned the Colts at their own 1-yard line and forced a punt
Finished second on the team with nine tackles, including four solo stops in Wild Card
Game vs. Kansas City (1/9/16)
Posted the second-most tackles by a rookie in a Texans postseason game (1/9/16)

One of the all-time great linebackers in Mississippi State history, becoming the program’s first first-team All-America linebacker since 1999
Mississippi State’s top tackler in his final two seasons
Played in 39 games with 36 starts in three seasons with the Bulldogs
Recorded 244 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, seven passes defensed and six fumble recoveries
First-team All-America honors in 2014 from the Football Writers Association, ESPN, Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated
Started all 13 games at middle linebacker and for the second straight year in 2014, was the Bulldogs’ top tackler recording 71 with eight tackles for loss, three sacks, four passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble
Named to College Football News’ All-Sophomore squad in 2013 when he racked up a team-best 71 total tackles, which ranked fourth among all sophomores in the SEC, and tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with 7.0 and sacks with 3.5
Named a First-Team Freshman All-American by CBSSports.com, FoxSportsNext, Phil Steele and CollegeFootballNews.com in 2012
Led all SEC freshmen and tied for second among freshman in the FBS with 102 tackles in 2012, which also ranked sixth overall in the SEC, while playing in all 13 games (10 starts)
Earned All-SEC Freshman honors by the SEC coaches and ESPN.com in 2012 when he totaled 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery
Sat out his first season as a redshirt freshman in 2011

A top defensive prospect in the state of Mississippi and was the first Rosa Fort player to sign with an SEC program since 2001
Led the RFHS Lions to a 3-3 finish in Region 2 play and a first-round playoff appearance in the Class 4A state playoffs
Selected by the state’s high school coaches to the North/South All-Star Game as a linebacker
Started at quarterback for Rosa Fort during senior season and accounted for 2,036 total yards of offense and 22 touchdowns with 1,334 passing and 702 yards on the ground
Credited with 66 tackles from linebacker spot
Threw for 530 yards with five touchdowns as a junior
Started for the Rosa Fort basketball team

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