Reggie McNeal Aims to Finish TAMU Degree


Exactly 10 years before Johnny Manziel burst onto the scene, Texas A&M had another do-everything quarterback who held Aggies fans in thrall: Reggie McNeal.

Facing top-ranked Oklahoma at Kyle Field in November 2002, McNeal came off the bench to throw four TD passes in a 30–26 upset. For his efforts, the Lufkin, TX, native was named the National Offensive Player of the Week.

McNeal was A&M’s starting QB the following three years (2003–2005), the best of which was a 2004 campaign in which he was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and led the Aggies to the 2005 Cotton Bowl. He concluded his college career as A&M’s all-time leader in total offense with 8,876 yards (a record broken four years later by Jerrod Johnson).

Following a six-year pro career as a wide receiver in the NFL and CFL, McNeal returned to A&M intent on earning his degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development this spring before pursuing a career in coaching. Whether he does so on time, however, is largely dependent on the aftereffects of two arrests in four months — one in December 2012 and another last Tuesday — for marijuana possession.

Texas A&M opens the 2013 season on August 31st at Kyle Field against Rice. Reggie McNeal profile

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