“His open field speed is some of the best speed we’ve got,” Wall said. “If we can ever get him out in space he can really do some special things.”
Heading into the game against Covenant, the Trojans had no plan of the young sophomore carrying the majority of the load at tailback, but Wall admits O’Neal was having a breakout game at the position.
“We didn’t really go into the game looking to get him the bulk of the carries, it kind of just worked out that way and he made the best of his opportunities,” Wall said. “You could see his production never waivered even when we put in younger guys up front; he kind of stayed steady, which is what we’re looking for. He had some big runs, and I don’t think he had a negative run all night out of 10 carries.”
Wall expects big things from O’Neal in the future as he continues to learn the offense and get more comfortable in the Trojans’ backfield.
“I think he’s grasping the offense and that’s kind of a hard thing for a sophomore to do,” Wall said. “His future is bright if he just keeps working the way he’s been working.”