|1 Levin Neal|
Expected to provide the Pirate secondary with a sizeable one-year impact after transferring into the East Carolina program from N.C. State ... Earned plenty of attention as a scout team performer in the fall of 2008 before turning heads with an outstanding showing during spring drills ... Will open first active season at ECU in a battle with Derek Blacknall for a starting job at the strong safety position ... Experienced significant playing time at cornerback and on special teams early during stay with Wolfpack under coach Chuck Amato before action status changed upon arrival of new coaching staff ...In all, played in 27 games with five starts at NCSU ... A tested and savvy veteran who will be looked upon to assume a leadership role despite short time in Pirate program ...Tallied seven tackles in first spring scrimmage (4/4) before adding five more stops in second simulated contest (4/8) ... Posted a team-high seven tackles (four solo) during the Purple-Gold Game (4/18).
2008: Joined East Carolina program in the fall ... Did not experience action in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations ... Offered offensive unit quality looks and competition with quality scout team play on the defensive side of the ball.
2007 (N.C. State): Began season as the starting left cornerback for new coach Tom O'Brien and played in the first four games before moving to sidelines for the remainder of the season ... Opened contest against UCF and followed by coming off the bench in games against Boston College, Wofford and Clemson ... Totaled 50 plays as a junior, 37 coming on special teams ... Played a season-high 19 snaps against Knights before following with 18 against the Eagles ... Credited with a pair of solo tackles before campaign came to an early end.
2006 (N.C. State): Played in all 12 games with four starts as a sophomore ... Booked 23 overall stops (18 solo), one resulting in lost yardage ... Also broke up four passes and forced a fumble ... Matched a personal-best with four tackles in tilts against Southern Miss and Clemson ... Added three-stop efforts vs. Boston College and North Carolina ... Also recorded two punt returns (23 yards) and one kickoff return (16) ... Participated in a career-high 285 snaps during course of season ... Earned first career start vs. Appalachian State in the season opener ... Registered a solo stop as a reserve in a 21-16 loss to East Carolina at Carter-Finley Stadium (Nov. 25) ... Tackled Brandon Fractious after a seven-yard reception (from James Pinkney) at the ECU 27-yard line midway through the second quarter.
2005 (N.C. State): Tallied 13 tackles (11 solo) and broke up two passes as a rookie but played primarily on special teams ... Tied for the team lead with seven solo special teams stops in only 33 overall special teams plays ... Played in the last 11 games of the season, experiencing action on the defensive side of the ball in eight of those contests ... Participated in 17 snaps against Eastern Kentucky and tallied a season-high four stops vs. Middle Tennessee State.
High School: Played at Ashley High School for coach Dylan Dimock ... Fractured ankle in a preseason scrimmage prior to senior season and played in just three games ... Caught 45 passes for 840 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior ... Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown ... Named all-area second-team in 2003 ... Despite playing in just three games, was invited to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following senior year ... Also earned four letters in basketball and track ... An all-conference choice in basketball as a junior, averaging 14 points and eight rebounds.
Personal: Full name is Levin T. Neal ... Born September 22, 1987 ... Major is communications ... Cousin of former Pittsburgh Steeler center Dermonte Dawson and nephew of former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Art Still.