Lewis Neal (American football)
|Born:||May 17, 1995|
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||280 lb (127 kg)|
|High school:||James B. Hunt|
(Wilson, North Carolina)
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
|Player stats at PFR|
Neal attended James B. Hunt High School. As a senior he registered 68 tackles, eight sacks and one safety. He played offense and defense at the All-American Bowl where he was named Defensive MVP. He was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
As a junior, he became a starter at defensive end, leading the team with eight sacks (tied for 10th in school history), while collecting 48 tackles (9.5 for loss), eight quarterback hurries and six passes defensed. He had a dominant game against the University of Florida, posting three sacks (tied for second in school history), 10 tackles (3.5 for loss), three quarterback hurries and one pass deflected.
As a senior, he started at defensive end in the team's new 3-4 defense. He tallied 60 tackles (5.5 tackles for loss), 3.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries. He made a career-high 11 tackles in a 10-0 loss against the University of Alabama. He was a part of a defense that allowed only 16 touchdowns, while ranking second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (15.8 points per game) and third in total defense (314.4 yards per game).
Neal finished his college career playing in 47 games (24 starts), recording 118 tackles (17 for loss), 12 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, seven passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Neal was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2017 NFL Draft on May 12. He was waived on September 2, and was signed to the practice squad the next day. On November 8, he was promoted to the active roster to replace an injured Brian Price. Although he was considered undersized for the position, he was used as a backup defensive tackle in seven games.
On September 1, 2018, Neal was waived by the Cowboys.
Neal is an entrepreneur, and owned a barber shop while in college. He is also a co-owner of a financial investment firm on the foreign exchange and of a cyber security company.
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