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    Rashon  Powers-Neal
    Player Profile
    Hometown:
    St. Paul, Minn.

    High School:
    Cretin-Derham

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 215

    Position:
    OLB

    Rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in '00, including more than 300 yards on 12 carries in one game, and added 350 receiving yards . . . scored 37 touchdowns in '00, 29 rushing (a Minnesota high school single-season record) and eight receiving . . . earned 2000 Minnesota all-state honors as both running back and linebacker . . . helped team to Minnesota class 5A state title game, where his Cretin-Derham High School team in St. Paul, Minn., lost 24-14 to Eden Prairie, despite his four-yard TD run, to finish 12-2 . . . played in title game against fellow Irish rookie-to-be Mark LeVoir . . . rated 28th on CBS SportsLine.com Midwest Region Super 30 team . . . rushed for 961 yards and 22 TDs as junior in '99 . . . has played as running back, wide receiver, linebacker, safety and some at cornerback as well . . . attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of '00 . . . prep teammate of quarterback Joe Mauer, who was named USA Today offensive player of the year for 2000 and signed with Florida State . . . brother Leon Neal played two years as tailback with Indianapolis Colts in 1996-97 (he was sixth-round draft pick in '96 by Buffalo Bills) after playing collegiately at Washington . . . hopes to major in civil or chemical engineering.

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