Three UW seniors among honorees
Seniors Nick Carlson and Mike Purcell Receive First Team Recognition
Cowboys Looking to Extend Current Three-Game Winning Streak
Both Earn Honors for Their Performances in Road Win at UNLV
Quarterback Brett Smith has huge day through the air
Wyoming 28, New Mexico 23 - AP Photos
Colorado State vs Wyoming
Wyoming football travels to Nevada
Wyoming at Air Force - Nov. 12, 2011
Wyoming vs. TCU - Nov. 5, 2011
UW This Season: As a senior leader of the receiving corps, Chris McNeill will return for his senior season with a lot of motivation. After an injury cut his junior year short, he'll be back for his final year to finish strong. He will be a leading honors candidate in 2012. McNeill has started 28 of 34 career games he has played as a Cowboy.
2011: McNeill was selected Second Team All-Mountain West despite the fact that he was injured at Air Force and missed the final three games of the season. McNeill was third on the team in receptions (42), first in receiving yards (504) and second in receiving touchdowns (four) in 2011. In addition to being one of Wyoming's top receivers, McNeill also was the Cowboys' best punt returner. He averaged 16.8 yards per return, and returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against UNLV. He received MW Special Teams Player of the Week honors versus UNLV. McNeill recorded the first 100-yard receiving day of his career against San Diego State, catching eight passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He had five receptions for 99 yards the following week against TCU. He was injured and lost for the season against Air Force, but before being knocked out in the second half McNeill caught nine passes for 67 yards and one TD versus the Falcons. He was a perfect one for one passing on the season, throwing a 28-yard TD strike to quarterback Brett Smith against UNLV.
2010: McNeill started all 12 games at wide receiver in his sophomore campaign. He finished with 28 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns. That ranked him second on the team in receptions and third in receiving yards. His long reception of the season was a 50-yard TD catch at New Mexico. His other scoring grabs of the season came at Toledo (37 yards) and BYU (16 yards). McNeill's top performance came against Southern Utah when he caught five balls for 44 yards. He also had four receptions for 25 yards at Texas, and four catches for 21 yards versus San Diego State. McNeill caught at least one pass in 11 of the 12 games he played in 2010.
2009: McNeill became a significant contributor to the Wyoming offense in his true freshman season. He started seven of the last nine games of the `09 campaign and played in all 13 games. McNeill caught 17 passes, tying him for fifth-best on the team, and he had 117 receiving yards, seventh best for the Cowboys. He caught a season high four passes against UNLV, had three catches at Florida Atlantic and had a season high in receiving yards, with 25 yards at San Diego State.
High School: McNeill was an All-CIF selection his senior season, and was also an All-CIF Academic honoree. He earned All-Serra League honors as a wide receiver, catching 42 passes for 806 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008. On defense, he intercepted four passes and returned one for a TD as a defensive back. McNeill played for one of the top teams in the state of California in 2008. His Notre Dame High School team in Sherman Oaks, Calif., went through the regular season undefeated, posting a 10-0 record and capturing the Serra League Championship. Notre Dame entered the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division II Playoffs ranked No. 2 and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Orange Lutheran. The Knights finished with an 11-1 record. His teammate, junior quarterback Ryan Kasdorf, was named the Gatorade California Football Player of the Year. McNeill's junior season, he caught 23 passes for 381 yards, and earned All-CIF Academic honors for the first time. His team finished 8-3 his junior season before losing in the first round of the CIF Southern Section State Playoffs. McNeill was also a three-year letterwinner in track and field. He played for head football coach Kevin Rooney.
Personal: Born March 15, 1991, he is one of two children of Robin and Lenny McNeill. McNeill has one sister, Jennifer, who is on the softball team at the University of Washington. His father played college football at UC Riverside. McNeill was also recruited by Arizona State and Nevada. McNeill is a communications major at UW.