BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College's Patrick O'Neal added another honor to his already long list of accomplishments as he was named a 2007 Daktrontics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Saturday.
A special education major, O'Neal (Lula, Ga.) is the first Bulldog to earn Dakronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors twice. This marks the eighth time Union has had a football player named as a Scholar-Athlete.
To be named a Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a junior or senior and carry at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
O'Neal had a record-setting season for the Bulldogs. He twice tied the school mark for most tackles in a game with 20 against University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Sept. 1 and against Georgetown (Ky.) College on Nov. 10. O'Neal also broke the single-season record for tackles with 143 total stops, finishing his career with 390 - two shy of John Luttrell's mark of 392.
O'Neal also earned All-Mid-South Conference East First Team honors, marking the third year in a row he has received the award. He is also a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree as well as a 2006 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
O'Neal earned Mid-South Conference and NAIA Defensive Player of the Week honors the week of Nov. 12 after his 20-tackle performance in the 28-21 upset win over host No. 17 Georgetown. The win over the Tigers was the first for Union since 1938, snapping a 23-game losing streak.
Union posted a 4-7 overall record and 2-3 MSC East mark in 2007.