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2015 NFL DRAFT

Rajion Neal, RB

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
209176
2013 Season
Games/Starts: 12/12...Starting tailback as a senior, gained team-high 1,124 rushing yards in 12 starts along with team-best 12 touchdowns...Rushing yards total was most in a regular-season since Montario Hardesty in 2009...Also made 27 catches for 108 yards...Posted five 100-yard games as a senior in 2013...Averaged 93.7 yards per game in 2013 including 116.0 over four games (9/28-10/26)...2,163 career rushing yards, ranks 14th all-time at UT; next on list: #13 Aaron Hayden (2,061), #12 Charlie Garner (2,091), #11 Travis Stephens (2,336)...Seven career 100-yard rushing games, five in 2013, including two games in a row (9/28-10/5)...2,163 career rushing yards, ranks 12th all-time at UT...14th 2,000-yard rusher in a career at Tennessee...17th 1,000-yartd rushing season in Tennessee history...Finished career with 444 carries, 12th all-time at UT...215 carries as a senior are the 10th-most in a season...In college finale, ran for 134 yards on 20 carries at Kentucky (11/30); on first rush of the game, ran for 60-yard touchdown - the longest rush of his career.Ran for 124 yards including a 17-yard touchdown vs. #7 Auburn (11/9)...Scored first touchdown by an opponent at #1 Alabama (10/26) this season on a 3-yard rush; ran for 70 yards...Ran for 77 yards including 5-yard TD score vs. #11 South Carolina (10/19)...Against homestate #6 Georgia, ran for 148 yards -- his most against an SEC opponent -- on a career-high 28 carries; scored two rushing TDs on carries of 1 and 7 yards to tie and give Vols the lead in the fourth quarter...Ran for career-high 169 yards vs. South Alabama (9/28), including career-long 53-yard scamper. Scored on an 11-yard touchdown...169 rushing yards vs. South Alabama were most since Montario Hardesty ran for 179 vs. Kentucky in 2009...Rushed for 42 yards at #19 Florida (9/21)...Ran for 42 yards and had four catches for 23 yards at #2 Oregon (9/15)...Became first Vol to run for three touchdowns in a game since Montario Hardesty (11/28/2009) when he scored on rushes of 1, 1, 7 yards vs. WKU (9/7); ran for 74 yards...Opened 2013 with third career 100-yard rushing game, picking up 141 yards including career-long 47-yard rushing touchdown vs. Austin Peay (8/31); Ran for 104 yards in the first quarter alone.
2012 Season
Games/Starts: 10/6...Earned starting tailback job in training camp, ran for 181 yards in two preseason scrimmages...Missed games (Alabama & Miss State) with ankle injury... Leading rusher on team with 708 yards (70.8 per game)...Finished with nine TDs (five rushing, four receiving)...Had 19 receptions for 149 yards with four receiving TDs...Started first six games of 2012, missing first game vs. #1 Alabama (10/20) with ankle injury...Back-to-back 100-yard games, first career 100-yard games in consecutive games (9/22-29)...Ran for 53 yards on nine carries vs. Kentucky (11/24)...Rushed for 61 yards at Vanderbilt (11/17)...Ran for 62 yards and had two catches for 12 yards including an 8-yard TD catch in overtime vs. Missouri (11/10)...Gained 40 yards including 6-yard rushing TD at #19 Miss State (10/13) before suffering injury that sidelined him...Gained 104 rushing yards on career-high tying 23 carries along with career-high five catches for 53 yards at #5 Georgia; Scored 10-yard receiving TD and 9-yard rushing score for second-career multi-TD game... First-career 100-yard rushing game vs. Akron (9/22) ... Career-high rushing yards for second game in a row with 151 yards vs. Akron (9/22), also scored a receiving touchdown on a 3-yard catch... Career-high 87 rushing yards on career-high 23 rushes vs. #18 Florida (9/15); also had two catches for 20 yards...First-career multi-touchdown game with runs of 1 and 5 yards vs. Georgia State (9/8), gained 65 rushing yards...In first-career start at tailback, ran for 53 yards on career-high 22 carries vs. NC State (8/31)...Scored third-career rushing touchdowns on an 8-yard scamper.
2011 Season
Games/Starts: 11/3...Played receiver, tailback and Wildcat quarterback in 2011...Had 13 catches for 269 yards and carried 27 times for 134 yards with three touchdowns ...Finished fourth on team in receiving yards ...Had four catches of at least 38 yards in 2011...Posted first-career 100-yard receiving game in finale at Kentucky (11/26) with career-highs of four catches for 125 yards including a 53-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter...Started for second time vs. Vanderbilt (11/19) as a receiver, had no catches but ran six times for 29 yards out of Wildcat formation at times ...Scored second-career rushing TD on an 11-yard rush at #8 Arkansas (11/12). Gained 24 rushing yards along with three catches for 63 yards ...Started as a receiver and made two catches for 10 yards vs. #14 South Carolina (10/29)...Rushed for 22 yards on three carries along ith a catch for 18 yards vs. MTSU (11/5)...Ran once for 6 yards and catch a pass for a yard at #2 Alabama (10/22)...Snagged a 38-yard catch vs. #1 LSU (10/15), which was reviewed by video and ruled a catch after being incomplete...Scored first-career TD on a 20-run, also had first catch of the season vs. Buffalo (10/1)...Gained 10 yards on three totes vs. Cincinnati (9/10)...Saw late action vs. Montana (9/3), gained seven yards on two carries.
2010 Season
Games/Starts: 10/0... Played in 10 games as a freshman for Tennessee and was the second featured running back in six contests... Rushed 46 times for 197 yards and caught seven passes for 100 yards... Provided a balanced weapon for the UT offense, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and 14.3 yards per reception... Recorded UT's second-highest rushing total in four games... Saw first action in season opener vs. UT Martin, setting career bests with nine rushes for 79 yards and a long of 40 yards... Hauled in first three career receptions at Georgia for 70 yards, including UT's longest play of the game, a career-long 58-yard wheel route that advanced the Vols to the Georgia 2-yard line and set up one of UT's two touchdowns three plays later... Also returned first career kick 15 yards against the Bulldogs... Tied career high with nine rushing attempts in Music City Bowl vs. North Carolina, which went for 28 yards...Ran six times for 36 yards, caught a pair of passes for 29 yards and returned two kickoffs for 38 yards vs. Alabama... 26-yard reception in the third quarter was UT's longest passing play vs. the Tide... Finished with 16 yards on six rushes at South Carolina.
High School
Associated Press All-State and Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year ... Ranked as the No. 9 Tailback in the nation and No. 151 overall prospect on the Rivals250 list by Rivals.com ... Also rated as the No. 11 prospect in Georgia ... Named the No. 31 running back by Scout.com ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 ... Georgia Sportswriters Class AAAA State Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Region 5-AAAA by the coaches...Ran for 166 yards and one touchdown in 2009 state title game win over Clarke Central ... Rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries against rival Starr's Mill ... Added 159 rushing yards and three TDs along with 110 return yards in victory over Thomas County...Helped lead Sandy Creek to Class AAAA state championship in 2009 over Clarke Central ... Coach at Sandy Creek High School: Chip Walker.
Personal
Full name: Rajion Lashad Neal...First name pronounced RAY-zhon...Born: March 28, 1992...Son of Kovondria and Ant Neal...Majoring in Sociology.
 
Player News
05/13/2014 - Packers signed 12 rookie free agents: Neal (RAY-jhon), 22, started 12 games as a senior in 2013 and led the Volunteers in rushing yards (1,124) and rushing TDs (12) on 215 carries (5.2 avg.). He posted seven 100-yard rushing games during his career, including five in '13, and finished his career with 2,163 rushing yards, good for No. 14 in school history. Neal added 66 receptions for 626 yards (9.5 avg.) and five TDs during his career. - Green Bay Packers
 

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