Only his starting position.
But he isn't worried, because it's time to compete.
"It's only going to make our team better," explained McNeal after Tuesday evening's practice. "It's only going to make our running game better."
It's already made McNeal visibly better in only the first two practices of the season.
On day one, McNeal broke for daylight multiple times. He followed with close to a repeat performance on day two.
"I think Curtis has really grown up," said Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin after McNeal's strong opening practice. "His approach to the game, his approach to life, we've seen those strides with him and this even pushed him a little further."
"I really take football seriously now," said McNeal. "I'm not saying that I didn't before, but I mean I'm in the film room, I'm getting stretched, I just have a whole new approach to the game."
He hopes his new approach will excel him past the 1,038 yards he put on the board in 2011 and contribute to goals that are now attainable with the two-year bowl ban lifted.
"My motivation was that it is go time," he said. "There's nothing holding us back. We get to play for our goal and we have to hit it running. That's basically what I did. I just brought the energy. I try to just bring positive energy and just pass it off to everybody."
He is even passing it off to Redd, his newest competitor, and the guy most likely to challenge for the top spot.
"It's been great, we have a lot of fun with Silas," said McNeal. "He's a cool guy and we're happy to have him."
"We're bringing in help and there's just no problem bringing in help, he's only going to make us better."
Needless to say, McNeal isn't worried.