Frustrations can mount during a loss and that was exactly the case for Auburn linebacker TJ Neal after the Tigers fell to No. 2-ranked Clemson in the season-opener, 19-13.
Following the game, Neal, who received only two reps on special teams, took to social media to express his frustration over the lack of playing time he received. The tweets were later deleted, but not before James Crepea of Al.com was able to capture the message.
Neal, a graduate transfer from Illinois, ranted about his previous success in the Big Ten and his disappointment that his family traveled so far to see so little.
His tweets read:
“What a night it been for me,. A player who have 25 career starts and many stats Sat on the bench all night. Gots be more than life this. 245 career tackles, 20TFL’s, 2sack ,1 INT, 1FF and All Big ten honorable mention. I been playing football since 5 years old. I am a hard worker, I am well mannered and talented young man, who respect others. I have the world greatest mother, she drove 12 hours with my 2 sisters to come/support me and see me play two reps on special teams. Frustrated in my feelings!”
It’s an unfortunate situation for Neal, but ultimately the coaching staff must do what they feel sets the team up for the most success.
Let’s also hope that Neal can avoid going on those rants in the future. If you want more playing time, publicly questioning the amount of reps you receive is probably not the best way to go about getting on your coach’s good side.