Wilmington, DE | 6052 | 300 | 4.94E | 2019
The Delaware native was recruited as a 250-pound tight end, he switched to tackle before his redshirt freshman season and hasn’t looked back. O’Neill has gone on to start 25 consecutive games at the tackle position, with his first career start coming at left tackle for an injured Adam Bisnowaty. He will be switching over to the left side full-time this season with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator calling the shots but should excel there given his natural athleticism. O’Neil consistently lined up on both sides on overload sets, as well as flexed out as a tight end and scored two touchdowns (One on a reverse in the red zone and another on a deep lateral catch that he took 24-yards to the house.) He is still a work in progress and needs to develop more consistency in hand placement, as well as doing a better job of stopping counter rips and swims that change directions to exploit his technique but with two years of eligibility left, O’Neill will continue to develop physically and fundamentally. Considering his upside, he’s a lock for day one whenever he decides to jump in the pool.
2016: Started all 13 games at right tackle…extended his streak of consecutive starts to 25 contests…while he was highly integral for Pitt’s pass protection and nationally ranked running game, O’Neill actually carried the ball twice himself–scoring touchdowns each time…his initial carry came on a throwback lateral that went for a 24-yard TD in the Panthers’ 37-34 win over Georgia Tech…reached the end zone again on an end-around play against Virginia Tech that resulted in a five-yard score.
2015: Switched from tight end to offensive tackle in July to fortify depth at the position following the offseason injury to Jaryd Jones-Smith…went on to play in all 13 games, starting the final 12 contests…in his first career start (at Akron, Sept. 12), played left tackle in place of the injured Adam Bisnowaty…started the balance of the season at right tackle.
2014: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Two-way standout at tight end and defensive end for Delaware state champion Salesianum School…first team Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association (DIFCA) All-State…also selected all-state as a junior and sophomore (third team both seasons)…1290 “The Ticket” Defensive Player of the Year…three-time first team All-Catholic…as a senior, averaged 18.6 yards per catch with 33 receptions for 614 yards and eight touchdowns…totaled 45 tackles, five sacks, 13 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense… O’Neill was named the Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds…also lettered in lacrosse.
Personal: Brian Cormac O’Neill, born 9/15/95, is the son of Brendan and Elizabeth O’Neill…has two sisters and one brother…comes from a family of athletes…father played running back at Dartmouth and mother was a swimmer at Northeastern…brother Eamon was a soccer player at Northwestern…finance major.