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UNI's McNeil excited to get back on the football field

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Last year-- McNeil made his presence felt in his first year as a panther starter... McNeil played physical against the run...

And was disruptive coming off the edge and rushing the quarterback...McNeil was having a sensational season with 33 tackles including ten for losses and 5 and a half sacks in UNI's first seven games of the year--before suffering a season ending injury...

McNeil says it was tough to watch his teammates from the sideline

"It was tough to watch but it was enjoying because we were winning whenever your team wins you can't be mad. I was happy with the team I was just mad at myself because I couldn't contribute." "How good can this defense be?" "I think this defense can be as good as last year as long as everybody can do their job. You can never replace an X of a Mac or a Jake Farley but the next best thing to a Jake Farley is a Jared Farley. We have a very good group of D-Lineman that can contribute anytime. I am so elated to be back I haven't hit anybody in a year--I don't want to talk about it no more--I just want to hit somebody!"

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