Eighteen former Purdue players open 2014 season on rosters.
Quoting Coach Williams: "Dominant during spring ball and practiced every snap as if it was his last one ... the strongest player on our football team ... has taken on a leadership role with open arms."
2009: Received team's Hammer Award (outstanding hitter) for spring season... team co-captain.
2008: Appeared in all 12 games, including 11 starts ... ranked second on team with 5.5 sacks and third with 10.0 tackles for loss ... had 33 tackles (18 solo, 15 assists) ... tied career-high with five tackles at Notre Dame on Sept. 27 (1 solo, 4 assists), at Northwestern on Oct. 18 (4 solo, 1 assist) and at Iowa on Nov. 15 (all assists) ... recorded career-high two sacks at Northwestern on Oct. 18 ... came up with 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 20, at Notre Dame on Sept. 27 and vs. Minnesota on Oct. 25.
2007: Appeared in all 13 games ... recorded 22 tackles (10 solo, 12 assists), including 3.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks, with one pass breakup ... recorded sack at Toledo on Sept. 1 ... had career-high five tackles (2 solo, 3 assists), including 1.5 for loss and 1.0 sack, vs. Central Michigan in Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26.
2006: Appeared in nine games as reserve ... had nine tackles (8 solo, 1 assist), including 1.0 for loss, and one pass breakup ... missed five games with turf toe injury ... had two tackles (both solo) at Michigan State on Nov. 4 ... recorded tackle for loss vs. Indiana on Nov. 18 ... had season-high three tackles (all solo) and a pass breakup vs. Maryland in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29.
2005: Did not play.
High School: Ranked as No. 29 strongside defensive end in nation and No. 6 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... No. 33 defensive end in nation by Collegefootballnews.com ... No. 56 overall prospect in Midwest by Prep Football Report ... first team all-state as senior after totaling 59 tackles, including 24 for loss and 12 sacks, with 20 quarterback hurries, six pass breakups and one blocked kick ... had 49 tackles, including 14 for loss and four sacks, with three pass breakups and one fumble recovery as junior ... coach was Jeff Yelton ... also played basketball.
Personal: Given name is Michael Jamel Neal ... born June 26, 1987 ... health and fitness major ... enjoys watching TV and studying ... father, Michael, played football at Weber State.