Texas A&M fans have had to go through a rough athletic season to date. After high expectations for the 2005 football season fell with a 5-6 campaign Aggies looked toward Billy Gillispie and basketball season. After three straight close conference losses, it seemed as if Aggie basketball might...[details]
Personal: Reginald P. McNeal is the son of Regina and Rickey McNeal of Lufkin, Texas born Sept. 20, 1983 in Lufkin, Texas agricultural development major.
Has been placed on the 2005 Maxwell Award Watch List ... Ranks as the nations top dual-threat quarterback ... The one-of-a-kind McNeal is the nations only returning signal-caller to pass for more than 220 yards and rush for more than 50 yards per game in 2004 ... A pass-first quarterback, McNeal is also typically the fastest player on the field ... A strong-armed and accurate passer, McNeal threw for a school-record 2,791 yards while suffering just four interceptions in 2004 ... Rewrote the Aggies' passing and total offense record book last season ... 2004 Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist ... 2004 First-Team All-Big 12 selection by the Dallas Morning News ... Consensus 2004 Second-Team quarterback ... Has been named National Player of the Week twice ... Member of the Leadership Council, 2004-05 ... Entering his third season as a starter ... Has 24 career starts, including 12 straight.
2004 (JUNIOR): Named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and first-team All-Big 12 quarterback (by the Dallas Morning News) after a spectacular junior season passed for 2,791 yards (No. 1 in school history) and 14 touchdowns on 200-of-344 passing passed for more than 200 yards in 10 games, including a career-best 298 against Wyoming rushed for 718 yards (No. 1 by an A&M QB) and eight touchdowns on 151 rushes named National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for four touchdowns and 386 yards of total offense against Oklahoma State posted two 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 139 on 22 carries against Colorado set a school record for season total offense with 3,509 yards on 495 plays (7.1 per play gain) posted six 300-yard total offense games, which set a school record for his career, McNeal has passed for 5,029 yards (No. 4 in school history), rushed for 1,225 yards (No. 30 overall, No. 2 among QBs) and gained 6,254 yards of total offense (No. 3) named the Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Game against Texas Tech by ABC-TV.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Completed 113-of-221 passes for 1,782 yards with 8 touchdown and 7 interceptions started in 11 games and saw action in all 12 connected on a career-best 91-yard touchdown pass to Jamaar Taylor, which ranked in a tie for the fourth-longest pass play in school history rushed for 370 net yards and 4 touchdowns on 127 attempts had a long run of 33 yards passed for a career-best 259 yards on 11-of-18 passing against Kansas the Kansas game also yielded McNeal's top total offense output of 330 yards (259 passing, 71 rushing) had a season-best 3 touchdown passes against Baylor.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading the Aggies to a 30-26 victory over then top-ranked Oklahoma at Kyle Field came off the bench to lead the Aggies to victory threw for a freshman record 4 touch-downs on 8-of-19 passing against the Sooners performance earned McNeal the starting job at quarterback the following week against Missouri but he promptly sprained his ankle missed the majority of the Missouri game and then watched the Texas game from the sidelines in street clothes for the season, McNeal completed 24-of-45 passes (53.3 percent) for 456 yards and 6 touchdowns, while rushing for 137 yards on 37 attempts.
HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPrep Offensive Player of the Year SuperPrep All-America #3 quarterback in nation East Texas Player of the Year led his Lufkin team to a 15-1 record and the Class 5A Division II state championship (38-24 win over Austin Westlake) rushed for 159 yards and threw for 223 yards in the state title game and brought his team back from a 21-3 deficit despite injuring an ankle completed 134 of 307 passes for 2,385 yards and 24 touchdowns for the season rushed for 856 yards on 165 carries and 10 touchdowns to combine for 3,241 total yards and 34 touchdowns in the 2001 season also played defensive back in critical stages of games making an interception and returning it for a touchdown to clinch a playoff victory against Killeen at Kyle Field recorded seven picks on the season second-team All-State selection by the TSWA first-team Super Team selection by Dave Campbells Texas Football Magazine Parade All-America and district MVP named one of six finalists for National High School Player of the Year as a junior he threw for 2,150 yards completing 115-of-230 attempts and 25 touchdowns to earn second-team all-state honors and take District MVP honors also rushed for 10 touchdowns his sophomore season he passed for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns while earning Sophomore of the Year honors coached by John Outlaw also excelled in basketball, baseball and track and field earned all-district mention on the court as a junior district champion in the 100-and 200-meter dashes as a junior was third in the 100 at the state track meet four-year member of the All-Academic Excellence team member of student council and the Presidents Roundtable.
Pros: May be the best athlete at the position since Michael Vick. He has been timed in the 40 at under 4.4, which is rare at this position. He has a strong, athletic frame that would allow him to move to another position -- either receiver or running back. He has a good arm with very quick feet to set up and move both in the pocket and as a scrambler. There's a wide range of opinion on his ability to become an NFL starter, but his versatility and athleticism should allow him to eventually start at QB. Cons: He has the package to become a blue-chip prospect with further development, but his average senior season leaves questions concerning his readiness to play in the NFL. He has not operated in a sophisticated offense, which has limited his progress as a pro passer. He has a strong arm, but needs work on his delivery and release to improve his accuracy. He can make the tough out throw with good velocity and timing, but needs to improve his basic mechanics including footwork and follow-through. Numbers: As a senior, he started 10 games with 141 completions in 265 attempts with 16 TD passes and 9 picks for 1963 yards. As a runner, he had 96 carries for 780 yards for an 8 yards-per-carry average and 3 TDs with a long play of 63 yards. He sat out A&M's last regular season game with an ankle injury. At the Combine, he ran a blazing 4.35 with a 32-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, one-inch broad jump.