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#73 Clint O'Neal
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 300
Year: Junior
City/State: Weatherford, Texas
High School: Weatherford
Experience: 2 Letters

 

2005 (Sr.)—He started all 12 regular season games, the first two at tight tackle, the last 10 at strong tackle; he did not play in the Champs Sports Bowl as he was suspended for violation of team and athletic department rules.  He played the second most snaps from scrimmage on offense, 798, earning honorable mention honors from the Big 12 Coaches.  He had a team-best “Perfect 4” plays to go with 24 knockdown blocks, third most on the team.  He graded out to 2.48 on the year on a 0-4 point per play scale, with a high game grade of 2.75 against Texas A&M.  He was invited to the Las Vegas All-American All-Star Classic following the season.  He had an excellent summer working on his strength and overall conditioning and it set him up for a solid senior year.

 

2004 (Jr.)—He started all 13 games including the Houston Bowl at tight side offensive tackle, grading out to 75.7 percent for the regular season for 522 gradable plays (he played 546 overall, including the Big 12 Championship game, which the coaches did not grade).  He recorded 12 knockdown and two touchdown blocks on the season, while allowing two-and-a-half quarterback sacks and 15 pressures while being flagged four times for penalties.  His top game grade came at Kansas, when he posted the fourth best number on the year by any lineman—84.4 percent.  He played at 300 pounds, adding 20 pounds of muscle to his frame since between his sophomore and junior seasons.

 

2003 (Soph.)—He started the first four games of the year at tight tackle, and eventually saw action on the split side as well in playing in 11 games overall (four total starts).  He graded out to 68.2 percent for the year for 343 snaps from scrimmage, with one knockdown block and one touchdown block; he allowed nine pressures, three-and-a-half quarterback sacks and was called for two penalties.  His high game grade was 86.7 against Kansas (15 snaps, 13 plus-plays), followed by 85.0 against Iowa State (20-17).  He played an additional 13 snaps on special teams (field goal and PAT unit).

 

2002 (Fr.-RS) —He was the backup at the split-side tackle position for the season, and saw action in six games, including the Alamo Bowl (no starts).  He was in for 24 snaps from scrimmage in the five regular season games (grading out with 17 plus plays and seven minus), and added about a dozen more in the bowl game against Wisconsin.  He played at around 270 pounds as a redshirt frosh.

 

2001 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire year on the offensive line, mainly at tackle.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned pre- and postseason PrepStar All-American honors, and was one of 18 offensive linemen to earn mention on the Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 list.  He was named to the all-Southwest teams by both Prep Football Report (the No. 81 player overall) and SuperPrep (No. 85).  PrepStar also ranked him as the No. 12 offensive lineman in the Midlands, while SuperPrep tabbed him as the No. 43 player in the state of Texas in the preseason.  He also earned all-state, all-area and all-district honors as a senior, when he graded out to better than 90 percent on his assignments, did not allow a quarterback sack and was called for just one penalty in making 55 pancake blocks.  He blocked for tailback Mark Pierce, a 2,000-plus yard runner who is headed for Arkansas.  Head coach at Weatherford was Mike Sneed.  He transferred to Weatherford from Arlington Heights (Fort Worth) High after his junior year; he had started at offensive tackle as both a junior (registering 46 pancakes) and a sophomore (30).  He did not allow a sack as a junior and was called for only two penalties in being named all-state and all-district, only one of three underclassmen selected to the either team. 

 

ACADEMICS— He majored in history at Colorado.  He owned a 3.0 grade point average and was an honor roll student in high school. 

 

PERSONAL— Born April 27, 1983 in Fort Worth, Texas.  He was selected for the United States Olympic Academy (on leadership and athletic ability) to teach individuals to be leaders on and off the playing field and to help bring back to your state the knowledge for programs to help your school be successful.  A cousin (Kerry Knox) played baseball at Texas Christian and was drafted by the San Diego Padres.  Hobbies include hunting and fishing.  He is also a member of FFA (Future Farmers Association), Young Life, the Link Program (for handicapped children), and has worked extensively with the Special Olympics.  He was the second player to commit to CU for the 2001 class, doing so less than two weeks after attending the 2000 Buffalo Football Technique School.  

 

 

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