FB Forecast: OL Trip McNeill

Redshirt freshman offensive lineman was one of the top in-state recruits a season ago.

Trip McNeill

Position:

OG

Height/Weight:

6-foot-5 / 300 pounds

High School:

Advance (NC) / Davie

Year:

Redshirt Freshman

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2014 Review:

After enrolling over the summer, McNeill spent the 2014 season redshirting and learning the ropes of the offensive line scheme - serving as an understudy as both an interior lineman and a tackle. 

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2015 Preview

McNeill eventually settled in at left guard behind Lucas Patrick and Jake Sanders.   He will begin the year working primarily with the 3s along the line.      

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TDD Projection

While it was very early in the process, the first scrimmage showed both Sanders and McNeill working primarily with the third string offensive lines.   Austin Davis was spending a lot of time at left guard while Zach Harmon was getting snaps at center.  It left both McNeill and Sanders on the outside, looking to get back onto the two-deep.  Both, of course are just redshirt freshmen.

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How he ended up in Durham

After fielding offers from Appalachian State, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, and Wake Forest, McNeill picked the Blue Devils in March of 2013.

"Honestly I just found what I was looking for at Duke. I talked it over with my dad, and before we left I told Coach Collins that I wanted to come to Duke."

"He kind of laughed and thought I was joking with him, but I assured him I knew Duke was for me. It was a combination of everything I'd seen from the school, how the football program was run, and the family environment which has so many strong relationships around it. For me, that was it. There was no reason to drag it out."

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Davie under both Doug Illing and Devore Holman ..listed as the No. 50 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com ... helped team to four-year record of 31-21 with three state playoff berths ... two-time first team all-state pick by the Associated Press ... named to the 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA North Carolina Football Team by USA Today ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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