OTBrian O'Neill

Pittsburgh — ACC
  • Height: 6064
  • Weight: 298
  • Hometown: Wilmington, DE
  • Age: 22

Bio

2017 (Redshirt Junior): Started all 12 games at left tackle…seamlessly moved to the left side after playing right tackle in 2016...extended his streak of consecutive starts to 37 contests…selected All-ACC by the league’s coaches (first team), Associated Press (first team) and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) (third team)…against NC State, took a throwback lateral 10 yards to the cusp of the goal line…one play later, tailback Darrin Hall plunged in from a yard out to make it 14-14…the athletic O’Neill finished his Pitt career with three career rushes for 39 yards (13.0 avg.) and two touchdowns.

2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): 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...had two carries for 29 yards on the year (14.5 avg.) and even threw two passes (against Syracuse and Northwestern, both incomplete)...O'Neill's unconventional contributions earned him SB Nation's 2016 "Piesman Trophy," which honors offensive and defensive linemen who run, pass or catch the ball...SB Nation first team All-American...was an All-ACC selection by the coaches (second team) and media (third team).

2015 (Redshirt Freshman): 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 (Freshman): 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...rated a consensus Top 5 overall prospect in Delaware by the major scouting services...led team to an 11-1 record and the Delaware Division I state championship...in his final three seasons, led team to a combined 31-7 mark (.816)...played under Coach Bill DiNardo...led Salesianum to a 22-2 record in basketball and the school's first DIAA championship in that sport...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.