McNeill explains the past, eyes the future

Marcus McNeill is set to begin his workouts as a San Diego Charger this weekend but we delve into the past to find out more about the future of this offensive lineman.

We have heard it before but when was the last time you were beaten for a sack?

Marcus McNeill: The last time I gave up a sack I was a freshman, playing actually offensive guard. They wanted to just throw me in the fire as a young pup back then at guard and I gave up a sack on a slide protection and I'm real disappointed about that.

Against who?

Marcus McNeill: Mississippi State, I can't remember the player.

Talk about winning the Jacobs award.

Marcus McNeill: I knew I worked hard for a lot of years and a lot of people consider me to be one of the best linemen in the SEC. So I didn't really know that much about the Jacobs award, I was very proud to win it, but I had my eyes on the Outland trophy and things like that.

Do you expect to start as a rookie in San Diego?

Marcus McNeill: Definitely, I think if I didn't have those expectations for myself, I probably wouldn't even want to go to the next level. I definitely want to get on whatever team I get to and make a big impact real soon.

Do you have experience on the right side of the line and would you play there, if needed?

Marcus McNeill: I can go to the left or right side. I played left and right side, we flip-flopped when I was younger so I have a little bit of experience at both and none of them really gave me any problems and I didn't give up any sacks or tackles at all.

Are there any benefits of starting out at right tackle to get your feet wet?

Marcus McNeill: I really don't see it like that. Of course there are going to be very good pass rushers over there at that right end with me playing the left tackle, but I am always up for the challenges and I never back down from stuff like that. If they put me on the left side, I think they can throw me into the fire pretty early and I will adapt pretty well.

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