Breakdown: Neal enters his
final season after having a stellar career for A&T...Preseason injuries
slowed him down prior to the 2011 season...He still managed to play in all 11
games...Has a great motor and causes havoc with his speed on the interior...Has
earned playing time each season at both defensive end and defensive tackle...He
runs a 4.96 in the 40-yard dash, has a 25-inch vertical and he can bench 225
pounds 21 times...His bench press is 385 pounds and his squat max is 505
pounds...He came into the preseason camp as the No. 1 defensive tackle...Has
played in 29 games with 18 starts...Has recorded 85 tackles, seven sacks and 12.5
tackles for loss in his career.
2011 Season: Played in 11 games with eight starts...Made nine
solo tackles and 17 assisted tackles for a total of 26...Five of his tackles
occurred behind the line of scrimmage...Made five tackles and a career-high 2.5
tackles for loss at Morgan State on Oct. 1...Made three solo tackles and had one
tackle for loss at Howard on Oct. 22.
Played in 11 games with 11 starts...Made 53 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and
four sacks...Led all Aggie defensive linemen in tackles...Also led all Aggie
defensive linemen in sacks...Ranked 31st in the conference in tackles
per game (4.8)...Ranked 15th in the conference in sacks per game
(0.36)...Made seven tackles against Norfolk State on Sept. 11...All seven of his
tackles were stops of two yards or less...Made seven tackles against Florida
A&M on Nov. 6, including a tackle on Rattlers running back Phillip
Sylvester that went for a 2-yard loss...Made six solo tackles at Delaware State
on Oct. 16, including a sack in the second quarter.
Played in a reserve role as a freshman...Played in eight games without a
start...Made six tackles on the season...Made three tackles against Howard on Oct.
24...One tackle was for no gain, the other tackle came on a 1-yard gain by the
Bison and his final tackle was for a two-yard stop.
High School: He was a talented
member of the successful Dudley football program...Led the team in tackles and
sacks (24)...He is an all-conference, All-Area and All-State performer.