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Benardrick McKinney has plenty of experience playing quarterback. At Mississippi State, he converted to linebacker and became close friends with a quarterback who would go on to have a success at the collegiate level. The Texans inside linebacker and rookie Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott led their teammates in voluntary workouts heading into the Bulldogs 2014 season.  McKinney and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott led their teammates in voluntary workouts heading into the Bulldogs 2014 season. 
"I mean, he is a great leader," McKinney said in an interview with Texans TV. "He ran the offense. I ran the defense. We stayed on the same page, working together: offense, defense. Trying to get the offense going and me as the defense player, trying to get the defense going. So we worked together with the team, trying to get us going. When guys were laid back or whatever, we tried to get everything hyped up, juiced up and try to have fun at practice."
McKinney, drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft (43rd overall), currently leads the Texans defense with 60 tackles on the year and ranks third in the NFL.
"He (McKinney) created a spark on the other side of the field, 7-on-7, the team periods," Prescott said at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January. "Whenever it was, he always brought the energy getting the defense going and providing that and I just had to do the same for the offense. So, it was always competing out there, me against him. Getting offense and defense going created a great practice."
McKinney, now a starter in his second season, is enjoying watching his former teammate have success in the NFL too.  Prescott broke Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's NFL record for most passing attempts without an interception to start a career. The record, which stood at 162, is now set at 176 after Prescott threw his first pick on Sunday at Green Bay.
"Coach Mullen did a great job with him," McKinney said. "He did a great job with me. We had a great coaching staff. He made some monsters out of us."

Twitter.com/DeepSlantInside linebacker Benardrick McKinney has plenty of experience playing quarterback. At Mississippi State, he converted to linebacker and made friends with quarterback who would go on to have a successful rookie outing.

McKinney and Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott led their teammates in voluntary workouts heading into the Bulldogs 2014 season.
 

"I mean, he (Prescott) is a great leader," McKinney said in an interview with Texans TV. "He ran the offense. I ran the defense. We stayed on the same page, working together: offense, defense. Trying to get the offense going and me as the defense player, trying to get the defense going. So we worked together with the team, trying to get us going. When guys were laid back or whatever, we tried to get everything hyped up, juiced up and try to have fun at practice."

McKinney, drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft (43rd overall), currently leads the Texans defense with 60 tackles on the year and ranks third in the NFL.

"He (McKinney) created a spark on the other side of the field, 7-on-7, the team periods," Prescott said at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January. "Whenever it was, he always brought the energy getting the defense going and providing that and I just had to do the same for the offense. So, it was always competing out there, me against him. Getting offense and defense going created a great practice."

McKinney, now a starter in his second season, is enjoying watching his former teammate have success in the NFL too.

Prescott broke Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's NFL record for most passing attempts without an interception to start a career. The record, which stood at 162, is now set at 176 after Prescott threw his first pick on Sunday at Green Bay. 

"Coach (Dan) Mullen did a great job with him," McKinney said. "He did a great job with me. We had a great coaching staff. He made some monsters out of us."

ILB Benardrick McKinney's career as a Texan and Mississippi State Bulldog is profiled here in pictures.


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