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Ronnie McGill

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 213 | College: North Carolina
 
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Overview

Nicknamed "The Franchise," McGill was anything but in 2006 as the offensive line failed to create rushing lanes en route to a 3-9 record that resulted in coach John Bunting getting fired. A powerfully built athlete, McGill has starting experience at both tailback and fullback, finishing his career ranked 10th on the school's all-time record list with 2,393 yards on the ground and eighth with 24 rushing touchdowns.

A four-year starter at Clover High School, McGill competed as a safety during his freshman year, lining up at quarterback and safety the next two seasons before shifting to tailback and linebacker as a senior. A member of The Charlotte Observer's All-Upper

South Carolina Team, McGill led Clover to an 8-4 record and into the second round of the state playoffs after the team claimed its first regional championship since 1977 during his final year in 2002.

McGill rushed for 1,827 yards and 29 touchdowns that season, scoring six more times on punt and kickoff returns. He also led the team with 105 tackles and finished his career with 350 total stops. He also caught four touchdown passes and threw two others. McGill was named the Most Valuable Player of the North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach, rushing for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

The true freshman enjoyed a banner first season at North Carolina in 2003. He started the Syracuse game at tailback and the final seven games at fullback. McGill led the team with 654 yards and seven touchdowns on 128 carries (5.1 avg). He caught seven passes for 54 yards (7.7 avg) and also threw an option pass for a 24-yard score. On special teams, he posted three tackles, caused one fumble and recovered another.

In 2004, McGill started three of seven games, as a left ankle sprain would sideline him for five contests. He still finished third on the team with 79 rushes for 419 yards (5.3 avg) and five touchdowns. He had only two catches for 19 yards and made two tackles on special teams.

Working out over the summer, McGill suffered a torn left pectoral muscle that forced him to miss the first five games of the 2005 season. He returned to start the last five games, seeing action in seven games total. Despite sitting out close to half of the season, he still led the Tar Heels with 530 yards and five touchdowns on 130 attempts (4.1 avg). He made 15 catches for 99 yards (6.6 avg) and averaged 89.86 all-purpose yards per game.

McGill again led the team in rushing in 2006. He carried 192 times for a career-high 790 yards (4.1 avg) and seven touchdowns. McGill totaled 148 yards with a score on 15 receptions (9.9 avg), and also returned one punt for 18 yards. He finished his final year with 956 all-purpose yards.

In 38 games at North Carolina, McGill started 28 times (21 at tailback, seven at fullback). He carried 529 times for 2,393 yards (4.5 avg) and 24 touchdowns. He caught 39 passes for 320 yards (8.2 avg) and a pair of scores, registering 156 points. He completed 1-of-2 passes for a 24-yard touchdown, gained 18 yards on a punt return and recorded five tackles (four solos). He also caused and recovered a fumble on the punt coverage squad. McGill touched the ball 569 times during his career, gaining 2,731 all-purpose yards, an average of 71.87 yards per game.

Analysis

Positives: Has a thick frame with a muscular upper body, broad shoulders, tight abdomen, big bubble, cut high, thick thighs and calves … Power-oriented between-the-tackles runner with above average lower body strength and good balance … Has only adequate quickness into the second level, but lowers his pads and squares his shoulders to power through arm tackles … With his loose hips, low center of gravity and leg strength, he has no problems moving the pile … Does a decent job of planting and driving in attempts to redirect … Has good pick-and-slide agility, doing a nice job of getting "skinny" to slip through tight areas … His forward body lean lets him gain valid yardage after initial contact … Attacks the inside holes with good urgency, showing some short-area explosion to clear the line … Does a good job with ball security, holding the ball tightly with both hands along the edges … Adequate short-yardage receiver with the vision to work back to the ball when the pocket is pressured … Has no problems taking the play from the chalkboard to the playing field … Hard worker in the weight room with an excellent power base … Solid face-up type of blocker who is a contact seeker with the hand punch to shock, lock on and sustain the bull rushers … Has the lateral agility to mirror in pass protection and shows good hand placement to finish his blocks.

Negatives: More quick than fast, but lacks the timed speed to gain valid yardage past the second level … Has good lateral agility, but does not generate the acceleration needed to consistently turn the corner … Durability issues (injuries) makes it questionable that he can carry the brunt of the rushing load, as he also seems to wear down later in games … More of a pile mover than one who can execute an array of moves to elude … Good short-area receiver, but doesn't have the second gear to be utilized much into the deep secondary … Struggles to maintain eye contact with the ball on long throws (looks awkward trying to track the ball over his outside shoulder) … Lacks natural hands, preferring to let the ball absorb into his body … Has the power to break arm tackles, but when he gets too high in his stance, he can be pushed back through the rush lanes … Has good balance to turn the corner, but does not have the second gear needed to elude.

Compares To: CORRELL BUCKHALTER-Philadelphia … McGill is a strong runner between tackles, but has durability issues and a lack of speed that makes him more of a change-of-pace power back than one who can be featured. He seems to tire late in games and while he has adequate route running skills, he uses his body too much to secure the ball rather than reaching and extending for it away from his frame. Like Buckhalter and Baltimore's Mike Anderson, he should get playing time in short-yardage situations, but not as a featured back.

Career Notes

McGill's 2,393 yards rushing rank 10th on the school's career-record list behind Amos Lawrence (4,391 yards; 1977-80), Mike Voight (3,971; 1973-76), Leon Johnson (3,693; 1993-96), Kelvin Bryant (3,267; 1979-82), Don McCauley (3,172; 1968-70), Ethan Horton (3,074; 1981-84), Natrone Means (3,074; 1990-92), Charlie Justice (2,634; 1946-49) and Tyrone Anthony (2,516; 1980-82) … His 24 touchdown runs places him eighth in school history behind Johnson (43), Voight (42), Means (34), Bryant (32), McCauley (29), Justice (28) and Lawrence (28) … Ran for more than 100 yards in seven contests … His 244 yards rushing vs. Wake Forest in 2003 rank ninth on the school single-game record chart, surpassed by Derrick Fenner (328 vs. Virginia, 1986), Kennard Martin (291 vs. Duke, 1988), Lawrence (286 vs. Virginia, 1977), McCauley (279 vs. Duke, 1970), Voight (261 vs. Duke, 1976), Means (256 vs. Duke in 1990 and 249 vs. Maryland in 1992) and Bryant (247 vs. Duke, 1981).

2006 Season

McGill started all 12 games for the first time in his career, leading the team for the third time with a career-high 790 yards and seven touchdowns on 192 carries (4.1 avg) … He also ranked fourth on the squad with fifteen receptions for 148 yards (9.9 avg) and one score … Added 18 yards on a punt return and ranked twelfth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an average of 79.67 all-purpose yards per game … Also ranked sixth in the ACC in rushing, averaging 65.83 yards each contest … Turned the ball over once on a fumble … Rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Furman, Wake Forest and North Carolina State games.

2006 Game Analysis

Rutgers … McGill opened the season with 94 yards on fourteen attempts and also had a 5-yard catch, but a costly fumble on a fourth-&-goal run at the Rutgers one was recovered by the Scarlet Knights' Will Beckford for a 14-yard return, killing a scoring drive and preserving a 21-16 Rutgers victory … Head to Head Competition-MLB#50-Quint Frierson-Six tackles (4 solos).

Virginia Tech … The Hokies defense stymied McGill, who managed only 15 yards on ten runs and was tackled for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass … Head to Head Competition-MLB#

11-Xavier Adibi-Eight tackles (3 solos), a 40-yard interception return, one pass deflection.

Furman … McGill became the first Tar Heel to score four times in a game since Leon Johnson accomplished that feat twice in 1993 vs. Texas-El Paso and Duke … Ronnie rushed 24 times for 114 yards and three scores, including a 30-yarder in the third quarter that capped a 6-play, 81-yard drive … He had opened the game's scoring with a 58-yard touchdown catch less than two minutes into the game … He finished the day with 174 all-purpose yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#41-Andrew Jones-Fourteen tackles (8 solos), three stops for losses of 4 yards.

Clemson … Ronnie picked up 52 yards on eleven tries … Head to Head Competition-MLB#43-Antonio Clay-Three tackles (2 solos), one stop for a 1-yard loss.

Miami … The Tar Heel halfback had his worst game as a starter, as he was limited to three yards on seven runs, scoring the team's only points on a 2-yard carry in the second quarter that ended a 6-play, 65-yard drive … Head to Head Competition-MLB#51-Romeo Davis-Three tackles (one solo).

South Florida … McGill followed with 57 yards on sixteen chances, adding 18 yards on a punt return, but was tackled for a 5-yard loss on a screen pass … He finished a 70-yard, 6-play drive by breaking free for a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-MLB#59-Ben Moffitt-Eight tackles (5 solos), a 2-yard sack, one pass deflection.

Virginia … Ronnie picked up 71 yards on sixteen carries and 14 yards on two receptions … Head to Head Competition-MLB#54-Jon Copper-Four tackles (one solo).

Wake Forest … Followed with 29 carries for 117 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown plunge that concluded a 72-yard, 9-play drive in the second quarter … He also made three catches for 24 yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#5-Jon Abbate-Seven tackles (5 solos), 3-yard interception return.

Notre Dame … McGill rushed thirteen times for 61 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#40-Maurice Crum-Nine tackles (3 solos), a 9-yard sack, one pressure.

Georgia Tech … Ronnie carried 20 times for 73 yards and had a 31-yard reception … Head to Head Competition-MLB#41-Phillip Wheeler-Five tackles (3 solos).

North Carolina State … Against their interstate rivals, Ronnie got the scoring started with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter that ended an 11-play, 74-yard drive … He had 26 runs for 101 yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#42-Phil Lowery-Eight tackles (6 solos), one stop for a 2-yard loss, one fumble recovery.

Duke … McGill closed out his career with 32 yards on six attempts and a 7-yard catch … Head to Head Competition-MLB#34-Mike Tauiliili-Eleven tackles (3 solos), one stop for a 1-yard loss.

2005 Season

Ronnie suffered a torn left pectoral (chest) muscle lifting weights in June and did not return until October 8th vs. Louisville, missing the first four games of the season vs. Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, North Carolina State and Utah … Started the team's final five contests … Despite missing the first part of the year, he still managed to lead the team with 130 carries for 530 yards (4.1 avg) and five touchdowns … He also made fifteen catches for 99 yards (6.6 avg), finishing with 629 all-purpose yards, an average of 89.86 yards per game … Ran for over 100 yards in each of the Virginia and Duke clashes.

2005 Game Analysis

Louisville … In his first action for 2005, Ronnie came off the bench to gain 26 yards on twelve tries with a 2-yard touchdown that capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive in the first quarter … He also had four receptions for 21 yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#10-Nate Harris-Four tackles (3 solos).

Virginia … McGill rushed 23 times for 118 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards … He had carries of 6 & 9 yards, following by goal-line runs that netted 1 & 2 yards to set up QB Matt Baker's 2-yard scoring lob to fullback Rikki Cook in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-MLB#44-Kai Parham-Six tackles (3 solos), 0.5 sacks for a 4-yard loss.

Miami … Rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but finished the game with 66 yards, as he had just three carries in the final two quarters … Head to Head Competition-MLB#51-Romeo Davis-Three assisted tackles, 0.5 stops for a 1-yard loss.

Boston College … McGill totaled 75 yards on 20 rushes and 20 yards on three catches … Head to Head Competition-MLB#3-Ray Henderson-Three tackles (one solos), 0.5 stops for a 1-yard loss.

Maryland … Followed with 22 runs for 65 yards, including a 6-yard score that was set up by an interception of a Sam Hollenbach pass by defensive tackle Kyndraus Guy, who returned the ball 37 yards to the Terps 6 … Also snared four passes for 28 yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#52-D'Qwell Jackson-Ten tackles (5 solos), one pass deflection.

Duke … Turned the ball over on a first quarter fumble on an 8-yard run that was recovered by linebacker Jeramy Edwards, finishing with 146 yards on 28 carries … Made up for his early game miscue with a 3-yard game-winning touchdown run that capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive with 1:38 left to play in a 24-21 triumph … Head to Head Competition-MLB#25-Jeramy Edwards-Eight tackles (6 solos), a 9-yard sack, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, one pressure.

Virginia Tech … Ended the season with twelve rushes for 34 yards and a pair of receptions for 18 yards … Head to Head Competition-MLB#11-Xavier Adibi-Six assisted tackles, one stop for a 3-yard loss.

2004 Season

Injuries limited McGill to only seven games, starting three contests … He left the season opener vs. William & Mary twice due to a hip pointer and a left ankle sprain forced him to sit out the Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina State clashes … He returned vs. Utah, but re-injured his ankle, sitting out the next two games vs. Miami and Virginia Tech …

Ronnie finished third on the team with 79 carries for 419 yards (5.3 avg) and five touch-downs … He caught two passes for 19 yards (9.5 avg), including one score and recorded a pair of solo tackles … Ran for over 100 yards in the William & Mary clash.

2004 Game Analysis

William & Mary … Despite leaving the game twice due to a hip pointer, Ronnie gained 133 yards with fourth quarter touchdowns of 4, 10 & 7 yards to rally the Tar Heels to a 49-38 win.

Georgia Tech … Rushed ten times for 38 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown before leaving the game in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain that would sideline him for the next three games vs. Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina State.

Utah … Returned to action, gaining 10 yards on four runs before re-injuring his ankle that forced him to miss the next two contests vs. Miami and Virginia Tech.

Wake Forest … Came off the bench, gaining 33 yards on eight tries.

Duke … Returned to the starting lineup with 95 yards and a 5-yard score on eighteen attempts.

Boston College (Continental Tire Bowl) … McGill carried eight times for 53 yards and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Darian Durant midway through the second quarter.

2003 Season

Had a banner freshman campaign, starting eight of twelve contests … Opened the Syracuse clash at tailback and started the final seven contests at fullback … Named the team's Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Offensive Back after he led the team with 654 yards and seven touchdowns on 128 carries (5.1 avg) … Caught seven passes for 54 yards (7.7 avg) and completed 1-of-2 passes for a 24-yard touchdown … Recorded three tackles (2 solos) as he caused and recovered a fumble on the punt coverage unit … Amassed 708 all-purpose yards and scored 42 points … His career-high 244 yards vs. Wake Forest rank ninth on the school's single-game record chart.

2003 Game Analysis

Made his debut with 48 yards on twelve tries vs. Florida State … In his first career start, he responded with ten runs for 19 yards and threw a 24-yard touchdown to Brandon Russell vs. Syracuse … Gained 67 yards on thirteen tries with a 1-yard score vs. East Carolina … Had seven attempts for 36 yards and a 7-yard touchdown vs. Clemson … Exploded for a career-high 244 yards and three touchdowns, including a 34-yarder, as he rushed 29 times, but was tackled for a 2-yard loss on a screen pass vs. Wake Forest … Followed with 19 attempts for 95 yards and two receptions for 24 yards vs. Georgia Tech.

Injury Report

2004: Left the season opener vs. William & Mary (9/04) twice due to a hip pointer … Suffered a left high ankle sprain vs. Georgia Tech (9/18), missing the second half and the next three games vs. Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina State … Returned vs. Utah (10/16), but left that game when he re-injured his ankle, sitting out the next two contests vs. Miami (Fla.) and Virginia Tech.

2005: Sat out the first five games of the season vs. Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Utah and Louisville after suffering a torn left pectoral muscle (chest) while working out in June.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.79 in the 40-yard dash (indoor rubber track) … 410-pound bench press … 615-pound squat … 353-pound power clean … 36.5-inch vertical jump … 9'2" broad jump … 30 5/8-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 20/28 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Clover (S.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Marty Woolbright … A four-year starter, McGill competed as a safety during his freshman year, lining up at quarterback and safety the next two seasons before shifting to tailback and linebacker as a senior … A member of The Charlotte Observer's All-Upper South Carolina Team, McGill helped lead the team to an 8-4 record and into the second round of the state playoffs after the team claimed its first regional championship since 1977 during his final year in 2002 … Rushed for 1,827 yards and 29 touchdowns that season, scoring six more times on punt and kickoff returns … Also led the team with 105 tackles and finished his career with 350 total stops … Also caught four touchdown passes and threw a pair of touchdowns as a senior … Named the Most Valuable Player of the North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach, rushing for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

Personal

Communications major … Son of Juanita and Ronnie McGill … Nickname is "Franchise" … Born Ronnie William Leroy McGill on 1/24/85 … Resides in Clover, South Carolina.

 
 
 

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