LIBERTY, Mo. – Senior offensive lineman Bobby McNeil was named Honorable Mention All-America by D2Football.com, becoming the 12th Newberry player to earn All-America recognition from the website.
McNeil anchored the left side of a dominant offensive line that allowed just 20 sacks on 423 pass attempts and helped the Wolves roll up school records in passing yards, total offense, and scoring in 2016. He was a candidate for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the best offensive or defensive lineman in Division II, and accumulated 47 pancake blocks at his left guard position. He started 34 of Newberry's 35 games over the last three seasons.
The Huger, South Carolina native is Newberry's first D2Football.com All-American since offensive lineman Jamal Ellis and wide receiver Corey Washington were named second team and honorable mention, respectively, in 2013.
Thursday also marked the release of the final D2Football.com poll of the season. Newberry checked in at No. 21, up two spots from their ranking at the end of the regular season. The Wolves had previously been ranked 16th in the final American Football Coaches Association poll.