Michael Neal became a graduate defensive assistant for the North Carolina A&T football program in 2016. Neal will assist with a defense built around a reputation of stopping the run. A reputation he played a part in building.
Neal spent four seasons as a defensive tackle for the Aggies. He was a starter three of those four years. During his tenure, the Aggies became one of the stingiest defenses in the nation. With Neal starting upfront, nationally, the Aggies had the No. 1 rushing defense in 2013, the No. 3 rushing defense in 2014 and the No. 2 rushing defense in 2015. Neal was awarded by earning third-team All-MEAC honors after the 2015 season. Neal played in 41 games as an Aggie and made 33 starts. He finished with 108 tackles (58 unassisted), 17 ½ tackles for loss and 7 ½ sacks.
Neal is a Greensboro native who was a standout defensive lineman for Dudley High School. In May of 216, he graduated from N.C. A&T with a degree in sports science and fitness management.