UCLA -- This senior enters Fall camp as the projected starter at weakside (Will) linebacker ... A very versatile performer, he has played safety much of his career but also has experience at a linebacker spot in nickel packages ... Possesses fine overall athletic ability ... A hard-hitting, aggressive defender who also excels on special teams.
2005 -- Eric enjoyed a productive junior season, playing in all 12 games and starting once ... His 35 tackles ranked eighth (tied) on the squad ... He also had three tackles for loss and one interception (25 yards) ... Played safety and linebacker in nickel situations most of the year and linebacker exclusively the final few contests ... Appeared in all 12 games and started once (Oregon State) at free safety ... At San Diego State, McNeal, playing strong safety, recorded two tackles (one solo) ... Against Rice, McNeal came off the bench to make four solo tackles ... Had one tackle assist versus Oklahoma and made one solo tackle versus Washington ... Played both safety positions, as well as special teams, at Washington State and made a career-high nine tackles (all solos), one shy of the team lead, including one for loss ... Against Oregon State, he started at free safety and tied for the team lead with six tackles, including two for losses, and made an interception ... At Stanford, he made three solo tackles off the bench ... Had one tackle assist at Arizona ... Made four tackles (two solos) against Arizona State playing a linebacker spot ... Made three tackles (two solos) versus USC ... Recorded two tackles (one solo) and blocked a kick versus Northwestern ... Was a member of the special teams units for kickoff coverage and kickoff return.
2004 -- McNeal saw action in the opener against Oklahoma State ... At Illinois, McNeal made his first career start in place of Jarrad Page at strong safety and responded with three stops ... He played in the secondary and on special teams at Washington ... Playing in UCLA's nickel package against San Diego State, he made six tackles ... McNeal made one tackle and his first interception late in the game against Arizona ... Against Cal, he recovered a fumble on a kickoff that led to a Bruin touchdown ... At Arizona State, he had two tackles ... Against Stanford, he made three tackles ... McNeal made six tackles playing the nickel back against Washington State ... He added two tackles at Oregon ... Against USC, he made three tackles in the nickel package ... In the Las Vegas Bowl, he played extensively in the nickel package and made one tackle ... He was the defensive winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
2003 -- Saw action in 12 games ... Finished the season with 15 tackles ... Saw his first career action on special teams against Illinois ... Saw special teams duty on the kickoff, punt return and kickoff return units ... Had two tackles against Washington ... Credited with three stops in the game at USC ... In the Silicon Valley Classic, he took Jarrad Page`s spot for the second half, playing 35 snaps, and finished the game with seven tackles, including two for loss.
2002 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three letters as a quarterback, safety, receiver and punt and kickoff return man for coach Scott Altenberg at Serra HS in Gardena, CA ... Member of Student Sports Hot 100 (No. 59) ... Four-star prospect by Max Emfinger ... No. 7 safety prospect by Emfinger ... Tom Lemming All-American and No. 17 player in West ... Rated No. 7 DB in nation by Lemming ... PrepStar Dream Team and No. 4 `athlete' in the nation (No. 2 `athlete' in West) ... Ranked No. 59 nationally by Student Sports ... No. 7 safety and four-star prospect by PacWest Football ... Rated No. 2 safety in West by PacWestFootball.com ... Ranked No. 57 nationally in TheInsiders Top 101 ... The Sporting News Hot 101 (No. 73) ... SuperPrep All-American (No. 28 DB) ... Rated No. 36 player in Far West (CA/HI/NV) by SuperPrep ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... First-team All-CIF Southern Section ... All-CIF SS Division VII first team ... First-team L.A. Times All-South Bay/Westside ... All-South Bay first team (Daily Breeze) ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team (eight votes) ... Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team ... Member of Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team ... Orange County Register Fab 15 second team ... Selected to play in the 2002 North-South Shrine All-Star game ... As a senior, he made 80 tackles and seven interceptions, scoring once, and deflected 17 passes for a team which won the Angelus League title ... On defense, he was named first-team all-league ... On offense, he rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and made 11 catches for 250 yards and one score ... Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 15 `skill athlete' in nation and No. 15 player in Far West) ... Second-team All-State as a junior when he made 69 tackles and seven interceptions for the 2000 Angelus League champs ... Named second-team All-State and second-team Daily Breeze all-area as a junior ... As a junior quarterback, he threw for 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 432 yards on 41 attempts and six touchdowns ... As a sophomore, he completed 87 of 146 passes for 1,705 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Also lettered three years in basketball for coach Hurt ... Named honorable mention all-Del Rey league for a team which finished as the CIF Division 4 runner-up.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Eric Douglas McNeal, Jr. ... Born: January 13, 1984 in Culver City, CA ... Parents: Eric, Sr. and Denice McNeal ... Has one sister, Kimberly ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill as stopping a running back at the one-yard line in overtime and winning the 2001 league championship game ... Favorite player is linebacker Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears ... Hobbies include ping pong, pool, video games and swimming ... Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2002 ... History major.
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