Both seniors were kept out of spring practice for violation of team rules.
McNeal led the team in receiving during 2008, hauling in 51 balls for 558 yards and four scores. The product of Neville High School in Monroe also scored four rushing touchdowns on 21 carries. For his career, McNeal has 130 total catches for 1,336 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.
Darrell McNeal Working Out With Teammates
James, who played locally at Carroll High School, is closing in on the school and conference records for interceptions. With 13 in his career, he'll enter the 2009 as the nation's active leader. Vic Minor set the school record of 15 from 1976-79 and Chris Harris established the Sun Belt mark with 14 from 2001-04.
Another key player who could return to the lineup is wide receiver LaGregory Sapp, who missed the 2008 season because of academics. Like McNeal and James, Sapp is taking part in the offseason workout program and has the chance to regain his eligibility this summer.
Sapp averaged 14.7 yards per catch with 33 receptions and 483 yards as a junior in 2007.
All three players are listed on the roster on the school's official Web site for athletics.