Throughout the offseason, there has been plenty of bad luck to go around. Of course, some may argue that in a case such as Jim Tressel, it might not be a matter of bad luck as much as bad management, bad ethics or bad decisions. Still, In honor of it being Friday the 13th, we take a look at 13...[details]
Notes: High school teammate of Eagles 2009 first-rounder Jeremy Maclin. McNeill caught 97 balls for 1,816 yards (18.7-yard average) as a Missouri prep. Committed to then-head coach Bill Callahan and redshirted in '06 - had turf toe in August and suffered a dislocated left shoulder prior to the Colorado game. Underwent shoulder surgery in December and sat out '07 spring practice. Played in eight games in the fall, catching one pass for 25 yards and zero touchdowns. Started all 12 games in '08, tallying 32-442-6 (13.8) which set a single-season school record for receptions by a tight end. Broke a rib against Kansas. Started all 14 games in '09, catching 28-259-4 (9.2). Started 4-of-14 games in '10, hauling in 21-346-1 (16.5). Was recruited by a TE coach who departed before his redshirt season, and played under three different position coaches during his time in Lincoln. Graduated and is working on second degree.
Positives: Knows how to work through zones and settle into coverage. Nice body control. Competes for the ball in the air and has reliable hands. Good work habits.
Negatives: Average athletic ability. Ran a basic route tree in an option offense. Has small hands. Too thinly built, linear and soft-tempered to factor as a blocker. Marginal weight-room strength.
Summary: Was moved to a flexed, "Zebra" receiver position as a senior and only chance in the pros will come in a similar move, H-back role for a West Coast offense. However, appeared overmatched and out of place in that role at the Senior Bowl and lacks the size and grit desired in the H-back position.