2017 Awards / Honors
FCS All-American (Coaches)
After turning heads as a hybrid linebacker/nickel back in 2016, Neal switched to cornerback as a senior and wound up earning All-America status. Registered 11 pass breakups in his final season, along with 39 tackles as opposing QBs largely avoided his side. Came up with his best performance in Gamecocks’ playoff loss to Kennesaw State, making six tackles with a forced fumble. Lone interception of the season came in romp vs. Eastern Kentucky. Became just the fourth JSU player invited to the Senior Bowl, making three tackles before he got shaken up in the second half. Was an all-state receiver in high school, averaging 17 yards per catch, before JSU coaches moved him to the defensive side of the ball.