Starting Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C., that wait is over.
Having caught four passes for 66 yards, including two receptions for 20-plus yards so far this season, McNeal's ability to stretch the field will be on full display at Kenan Stadium.
McNeal, along with fellow freshman DeAndre Hopkins, Jaron Brown and Marquan Jones, figures to get the majority of the snaps in Clemson's wide receiver rotation.
"He's going to be a big part of what we do," head coach Dabo Swinney told CUTigers Tuesday. "They all are."
McNeal said his ability to get downfield will hopefully be key against the Tar Heels.
"Their defense is very good," he said. "And we know that. I've been given this opportunity and I want to make the msot of it. What I do is stretch the field and hopefully that can help us be more productive Saturday."
McNeal talked about his expanded role with the media on Tuesday:
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