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30 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Parker O’Neal

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In which BracketCat counts down the 30th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of linebacker Parker O’Neal.

#30
Trivia question for the day: Can anyone name this badass-looking linebacker wearing No. 30 and an old-school extended neck pad? (And I’m mainly asking because Getty didn’t supply a photo and I’m not sure I remember this guy.)

#30 Parker O’Neal

True Freshman | 5-11 | 209 lbs. | Hope, Kansas
Parker O’Neal
Parker O’Neal
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Grayshirt
  • Status: Walk-On

Parker O’Neal (b. Dec. 29, 1998) is a walk-on linebacker from Abilene High School. He is rather likely to redshirt in 2019 and probably will end up as a scout team player afterward.

O’Neal played under head coach Steve Simpson, and was an honorable mention all-state linebacker by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle as both a junior and senior.

He was the Cowboys’ leading tackler as a senior in 2016 when he made 130 stops, leading Abilene to a 7-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs.

O’Neal also played basketball, leading his team to a third-place finish in the state championship in 2017, while he was a two-time state qualifier in track and field.

He is apparently grayshirting this season and plans to major in milling science.