Lucchese Boot Shopping Trip
Fighting Irish become bowl eligible with win over Black Knights.
Tommy Rees threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns
Images of the Notre Dame junior receiver
Clausen-to-Rudolph touchdown pass in final minute gives Notre Dame the victory.
CAREER: One of only two players remaining from his class (Ian Williams) who has played in every game of Notre Dame career ... has started 21 of 37 games he has played and totaled 70 tackles, including nine and a half tackles for loss, five and a half sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and four pass breakups ... enters fall competing for starting spot at outside linebacker after playing primarily as defensive end in 2009 in Notre Dame's 4-3 defensive scheme.
2009 (JUNIOR): Defensive end appeared in all 12 games for Irish during 2009, and started five contests (Nevada, Michigan, Washington, Washington State and Navy) ... totaled 25 tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, one and a half sacks and one pass breakup ... notched two tackles including one tackle for loss at Purdue ... recorded career-high seven tackles against Washington ... also registered two tackles for loss and one sack against Huskies ... matched career high with seven more stops against Navy ... had six multi-tackle games ... represented defensive line along with John Ryan on Irish Leadership Committee ... logged 173:17 of playing time and made 19 special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games for the Irish and started in 11 contests (did not start vs. Michigan State or Stanford) ... tallied 25 tackles including four tackles for a loss ... intercepted a pass and also recorded two sacks ... made his sixth career start and recorded three tackles (solo, two assists) in season opener vs. San Diego State ... also registered his first career interception against the Aztecs ... notched three tackles (solo, two assists), including a half-tackle for a loss vs. Michigan ... totaled four tackles (two solos, two assists) and recorded a sack against the Panthers ... registered a career-high five tackles (all assists) vs. Syracuse ... also tallied a quarterback hurry against the Orange ... tallied two tackles (both solo) in Hawai'i Bowl victory ... also recorded a sack for a seven-yard loss against the Warriors ... logged 248:48 of playing time with 47 special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 12 games, starting five contests (Purdue, UCLA, Boston College, Duke and Stanford) ... totaled 20 tackles including two sacks, two tackles for loss and added two fumble recoveries and three pass break ups ... recorded the first tackle of his Notre Dame career against Penn State ... recorded his first multi-tackle game against Michigan State, notching two tackles, a sack, and a pass break up ... was given his first start of the season against Purdue ... started again the following week against UCLA ... recovered his first fumble of career against the Bruins ... saw meaningful minutes throughout the remainder of the season, recording multi-tackle games against Boston College, USC, Air Force, Duke and Stanford ... made 21 special-teams appearances and logged 146:07 of playing time.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 26th prep player nationally on ESPN 150 listing ... listed as 22nd best defensive end nationally by CSTV ... first-team North Carolina Class 2A all-state pick as defensive lineman by NCPreps.com ... rated among top 10 players in North Carolina and among top 20 weakside defensive ends nationally by Rivals.com ... played both defensive end and outside linebacker as senior at Bunn High School in Bunn, N.C. ... recorded 132 overall tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, four interceptions and forced 12 fumbles as senior in 2006 ... returned two interceptions for touchdowns as senior and also played some tight end on offense ... played cornerback as sophomore, then weakside defensive end/outside linebacker/tight end as a junior ... had 118 tackles, 15 sacks, 15 passes broken up and two interceptions as junior in '05 . . . caught 16 passes for 323 yards and six TDs as junior in '05 ... named conference player of the year on defense as junior in '05 ... rated 96th-best overall prospect in East on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... a starter at cornerback as a freshman in 2003 ... selected as the first 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain, based on his athletics and academic accomplishments as well as his work with special-needs students at Bunn High School and his mentoring of elementary students in the Bunn area ... played for North Carolina team in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas against South Carolina prep stars ... forced one fumble that led to a field goal and recovered another in 23-16 North Carolina win in that contest ... made nine tackles and a sack to lead East team in MSL Sports' East Meets West all-star game in Orlando, Fla., in January 2007 ... played for Bunn coach David Howle ... born Aug. 30, 1988 ... son of Ruby Doris ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.
Neal's Career Statistics