CAREER: Versatile back who could play tailback or fullback this season ... has been the starting fullback for the Irish the last two seasons ... worked at both tailback and fullback during spring practice ... started at fullback for the Blue team in the 2005 Blue-Gold Game and rushed seven times for 52 yards (7.4-yard average) and scored two touchdowns, including a 24-yard run ... played both positions in the Blue-Gold Game ... has maintained his speed while bulking up as a fullback ... a three-time monogram winner who could be set for a breakout season this year.
2004 (SENIOR): Played in all 12 games with four starts ... had 10 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns ... rushed 13 times for 28 yards ... had a career-high four receptions for 24 yards in the season-opener at BYU ... caught an eight-yard touchdown pass versus Michigan, his first career touchdown catch ... rushed three times for 17 yards versus Washington ... had two carries for one yard and a touchdown against Purdue ... caught one pass for six yards versus the Boilermakers ... rushed four times for four yards versus Stanford ... rushed once for five yards against Boston College ... rushed once for a yard and caught a pass for three yards against Tennessee ... made a career-long 19-yard catch for a touchdown against Pittsburgh ... made 54 special team appearances and logged 119:37 of playing time.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, starting eight ... rushed four times for 15 yards and caught seven passes for 50 yards (7.1 avg.) ... moved to fullback from tailback in the spring of `03 ... made his first career start for the Irish versus Washington State, with one carry for two yards and one catch for four yards ... rushed for seven yards on his only carry against Pittsburgh ... ran once for three yards and had a career-long reception of 15 yards against Boston College ... had one reception for six yards against Florida State and a three-yard rush versus Navy ... made an eight-yard reception versus Brigham Young ... had a 10-yard catch against Stanford and a six-yard catch against Syracuse ... made one tackle on special teams ... played 74:55 and made 75 special teams appearances.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games as a reserve tailback ... rushed for 344 yards on 77 carries (4.3 avg.) and scored two touchdowns ... caught one pass for four yards ... in his first game action for the Irish, he rushed for 33 yards on eight carries versus Maryland ... carried the ball seven times for 43 yards against Purdue ... rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries against Michigan State ... recorded career-highs in carries (13) and rushing yards (108) against Stanford and recorded the longest run (27 yards) of his career ... teamed with Ryan Grant to become the first Notre Dame duo since 1997 to each rush for 100 yards in the same game (Grant had 103) ... also recorded first career touchdown versus Stanford on a three-yard rush ... missed three games due to injury before returnig to action against Navy, leading the team in rushing with 51 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown ... made first career reception versus USC, a four-yard catch ... had 16 yards on five carries in the 2003 Gator Bowl against North Carolina State ... logged 69:54 of game time and made 23 special teams appearances.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie tailback after moving to the offensive side of the ball ... rotated between linebacker and safety after first arriving at Notre Dame before returning to running back.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn. ... rushed for 1,938 yards on 187 attempts in 2000, adding 447 receiving yards ... scored 38 touchdowns in 2000 with 30 on rushes (a Minnesota high school single-season record) and eight receiving ... earned 2000 Minnesota all-state honors at running back and linebacker ... helped his team reach the Minnesota class 5A state title game, losing to Eden Prairie (current offense lineman Mark LeVoir's team) to finish 12-2 ... rated 28th on CBS SportsLine.com's Midwest Region Super 30 team ... a Super Prep All-American ... rushed for 961 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 1999 on a team that finished 13-0 ... played running back, wide receiver, linebacker, safety and cornerback ... attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of 2000 ... a teammate of quarterback Joe Mauer, the 2000 USA Today offensive player of the year who signed with Florida State and was the top baseball draft pick of the Minnesota Twins ... also a teammate and cousin of current Irish tight end Marcus Freeman and offensive lineman Ryan Harris ... earned four letters in track as a sprinter and one in basketball ... fifth in the 400 meters at the 2000 Minnesota state track meet ... his brother Leon Neal played two years at tailback with the Indianapolis Colts in 1996-97 (he was a sixth-round draft pick in 1996 by Buffalo) after playing college ball at Washington ... full name is Rashon Darnell Powers-Neal ... younger of two children ... born April 3, 1983, in St. Paul, Minn. ... graduated from the Medoza College of Business with a finance degree ... enrolled in graduate studies at Notre Dame.