Former Braden River High standout Willie McNeal was named the spring game’s Most Valuable Player at Western Kentucky and finished spring ball as one of the most pleasant surprises in camp.
In the spring game, he ran the ball three times for 83 yards, including a 53 touchdown and caught a 30-yard pass, drawing much praise from new head coach Willie Taggart and former Palmetto High coach Ray Woodie, now an assistant at WKU.
The receiver is considered the biggest surprise for the Hilltoppers and figures to be a big play threat when the season starts. He showed his outstanding talent almost from the beginning.
In the Hilltoppers first full scrimmage back in the beginning of April, McNeal scored on a 25-yard end-around. He then caught back to back 15 yard touchdown passes.
McNeal showed good speed and hands along with the ability to pick up yardage after the catch. The 5-10, 160 pounder has earned his way into the starting lineup.
Woodie, who was in town last weekend on a recruiting trip, said they are expecting big things from McNeal and see him as a game breaker. The coaches are impressed with his talent and work ethic.