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55 Michael Neal

Enters his fourth season as one of the major run stoppers along the interior of the Aggies defensive line…In each of his first three seasons, the Aggies defense has ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in rush defense… One of the major reasons why the Aggies have had the No. 3, No. 1 and No. 16 rush defenses over the past three seasons… Strong player with excellent footwork…Excellent at stopping the run and filling the gaps…Will enter the 2015 August training camp as the No. 1 defensive tackle…His older cousin Chris also played defensive tackle for the Aggies…Bench presses 365, squats 405 and can bench press 225 21 times…Has played rep improvement from last season…Has played in 29 career games with 21 starts…Has 76 career tackles (39 unassisted), 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

2014 Season: Played in 12 games with 12 starts…Made 37 tackles (21 unassisted), 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and recovered one fumble…Ranked ninth on the team in tackles and fifth in tackles for loss…Made a career-high six tackles (four unassisted), including a tackle for loss in a 21-14 loss to N.C. Central on Nov. 22…Made five tackles and recovered a fumble in a close 31-30 loss to nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina at Aggie Stadium on Sept. 6…Also made five tackles (four unassisted) in a 13-0 loss to S.C. State in the Atlanta Football Classic at the Georgia Dome on Oct. 4.

2013 Season: Played in 10 games with eight starts…Made 15 solo tackles and 13 assisted tackles for a total of 28…Made six tackles behind the scrimmage for a loss of 29 yards…Was second on the team in sacks with four for 24 yards lost…Made three solo tackles and one assisted tackle, including a sack, in the Aggies 24-21 upset win over Appalachian State on Sept. 7…Made three solo stops and one assisted tackle, including a sack, in the Aggies narrow 29-24 loss to S.C. State on Oct. 5…Made three solo tackles and two assisted tackles for a season-high of five in the Aggies 41-14 win over Savannah State on Nov. 16…Also recorded a season-high two tackles for loss.

 2012 Season: Played in seven games without a start…Made three solo and eight assisted tackles for a total of 11…Made four tackles, all assisted, in a 40-7 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg on Sept. 15…Had three solo tackles in the Aggies’ 38-10 win over Howard on Oct. 13. 

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 260
Year: Senior
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Dudley
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