10 Willie McNeal
Willie  McNeal

RS Senior

Bradenton, Fla.

High School:
Braden River HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180



197 WKU Student-Athletes Earn C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll Recognition

Nearly 54 percent of WKU's 367 student-athletes were honored by the conference office.


Spring Football Preview: Special Teams

The Tops begin spring practice March 17.


Spring Football Preview: Wide Receivers

The Tops begin spring practice March 17.


Hilltopper Football Top Moments: No. 1 WKU Topples Undefeated Marshall

WKU snapped Marshall's bid at a perfect season and secured an FBS bowl bid for the second time in school history.


Popeye's Bahamas Bowl Postgame Notes

Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan


Western Kentucky vs. UTEP (USATSI)

Western Kentucky vs. UTEP (USATSI)


Western Kentucky at FAU

Western Kentucky at FAU


WKU @ Tennessee (Megan Stearman)

WKU vs. Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

Career Game Highs:

  • Receptions: 7 vs. ULM (10/20/12)
  • Yards: 120 vs. ULM (10/20/12)
  • Touchdowns: 2 (Four times)

2013 All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention

2013 (r-Jr.):
McNeal started all 12 games for the Tops at wide receiver, the only player in the position group to make that mark. He led the team in both receptions (46) and receiving yards (599) as well as touchdown receptions (five) as he picked up All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention team honors. McNeal tied for the team-lead in receptions with six in the opener against Kentucky and caught three passes for a team-high 85 yards against Morgan State. He was the only wide receiver to go for over 100 yards on the season, catching six balls for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including what was then the latest go-ahead touchdown ever scored in WKU history with 32 seconds to go. McNeal broke that mark just three games later in the season-finale against Arkansas State, snagging the final touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining.

2012 (r-So.):
McNeal returned to high-caliber form after sitting out a year due to injury, leading all Hilltoppers in touchdown receptions with six while finishing second on the team in catches (43) and yards (556). He caught the third touchdown pass of his career and first since 2010 in the season opener against Austin Peay on Sept. 1, finishing the game with two catches for 23 yards. McNeal found the endzone again at Kentucky on Sept. 15, catching a 13-yard touchdown in the 32-31 overtime win. He posted his second-straight game with a touchdown catch against Southern Miss on Sept. 22, hauling in a career-best 36-yard pass from Kawaun Jakes. He racked up career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (120) while also scoring a touchdown versus ULM on Oct. 20. McNeal put on another impressive performance against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1, reeling in seven catches for 119 yards in the nationally-televised game.

2011 (So.):
McNeal redshirted after suffering a season-ending injury prior to the 2011 season.

2010 (Fr.):
McNeal earned Freshman All-America honors as a kickoff returner from the Football Writers Association of America. He played in all 12 games during his freshman campaign, drawing starts at wide receiver against North Texas on Oct. 30 and Troy on Nov. 27. He led the Hilltoppers with 44 kickoff returns, going for 968 yards, an average of 22 yards per return. McNeal had a 90-yard return for a touchdown against Kentucky on Sept. 11 in the second game of the season, while also returning two punts for eight yards in the contest. He finished the year ranked third on the team with 26 catches for 360 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 13.8 yards per catch and 30 receiving yards per game. He had a season-best five catches and 88 receiving yards in WKU's victory at Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 23. McNeal caught his first-career touchdown one week earlier against ULM on Oct. 16. McNeal finished the season second on the team with 1,408 all-purpose yards. His 117.3 all-purpose yards per game ranked fifth in the league and 50th nationally.

McNeal led all of Manatee County in receiving yards with 724 to go along with 48 receptions in 2008. He rushed 24 times for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also completed two passes for 23 yards with both passes going for touchdowns. He earned All-Area and All-District honors in 2008. McNeal lettered and started all four years for the Braden River football team while also lettering four years on the hardwood for the Pirate basketball team.