FSU's McNeil in the clear academically

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Good news for the Noles, in the return of defensive end Kevin McNeil, whose academic status was previously in question.

McNeil, who was projected as a starter, was never actually ineligible, the staff was just waiting for grades to be posted and McNeil is in the clear. He's expected to replace Neefy Moffett opposite Markus White, who will be taking over for Everette Brown.

McNeil has played in 22 career games, and leads all current Seminoles with six career sacks. He enters the season with 26 total tackles, 9.5 of which have come behind the line of scrimmage. Almost 37 percent of his career tackles have been for negative yardage. So he should be a huge help in trying to replace two ends who combined for 19 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss last year.