Demetruce McNeal, Auburn University senior defensive back and native of College Park, Georgia, will be vital to the football team’s success in 2013. He played high school football at Benjamin Banneker High School in College Park, Georgia. McNeal’s defensive prowess, aggressive play on the kickoff team and overall enthusiasm for the game make him a valuable asset. In the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is arguably the most talented and toughest conference to play in every year. One of the reasons why the SEC is arguably the most difficult conference in college football is the superior defenses it produces annually. Alabama and Louisiana State University (LSU), two traditional SEC powerhouses, are always two of the highest-ranked defenses in the nation. To compete for SEC and national championships, therefore, it’s essential to have a defense competitive enough to handle traditional offensive powerhouses in the SEC such as Arkansas and Georgia.
In 2012, Auburn finished the season with a 3-9 overall record and a 0-8 SEC record. Auburn’s defense struggled mightily last season. As is the case each year in the SEC, defensive performance will determine team success in 2013. Auburn, therefore, will count on Demetruce McNeal to be a significant contributor. Although there was some uncertainty about his return to the team due to “off-the-field issues,” new Head Coach Gus Malzahn confirmed that McNeal would be on the team. In a statement to journalist Joel A. Erickson, Malzahn stated, “We took care of all the off-the-field issues that we had, so he is going to be in the mix.” There should no longer be any doubts about the return of the senior standout for the 2013 season.
Last season, according to a report by Joel A. Erickson, Demetruce McNeal was the second leading tackler on the team with 90 tackles, and he tied for the team lead for tackles-for-loss with 7. These types of numbers will certainly benefit his chances of seeing considerable playing time, probably a starting defensive back/safety position.
McNeal comes from a tremendously proud and supportive family. His mother, Shundon Glass, is especially proud of her son’s accomplishments.
With challenging games against Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama, McNeal will have plenty of opportunities to display his talent and ameliorate his chances of landing on a National Football League (NFL) roster. He is certainly a player to watch this season.