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Jonathan McNeal
Jonathan  McNeal

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Venice, Calif.

High School:
Venice HS

Last College:
Santa Monica CC

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 235

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
3V


01/09/2015

Fajardo wins Golden Helmet as Nevada Football's MVP

McNeal is team's Outstanding Defensive Player

12/02/2014

Nine football players earn All-Mountain West honors

Hekking, Seau, Gipson, Galas and Boy all named to the second team.

08/24/2014

Fajardo, Galas, Dobrich and McNeal named captains

Taft will be the inaugural Alpha Wolf

06/03/2014

Hekking leads nine Pack players on Phil Steele's Preseason All-MW Team

Fajardo, Brock, Yates and McNeal are second-team selections

04/26/2014

Fajardo leads Blue to 12-10 win over Silver in Spring Game

Mayes has strong performance for Silver.

09/13/2014

Football vs. Arizona

NCAA Football: Nevada at Arizona (USATSI)

Nevada
2014: Named to the All-Mountain West second team after leading the Wolf Pack in tackles … Played in all 12 games at linebacker with nine starts … Ranked 10th in the conference in tackles per game (7.5) … Credited with 98 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, one interception, one quarterback hurry and half a sack … Registered a team-best five games with double-digit tackles; Southern Utah (10), San Jose State (11), BYU (11), San Diego State (12) and Air Force (12) … Named MW Defensive Player of the Week after leading Nevada past San Diego State with 12 stops, 1.5 tackles for loss, an interception, forced fumble and pass breakup … Contributed to six turnovers on the season, helping Nevada rank second in the MW in turnover margin … Led the conference in fumble recoveries (3) … Registered at least five tackles in 11-of-12 games.

2013: Had a breakout season starting all 12 games at one of the linebacker spots and leading the team with 103 tackles ... Credited with four tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup ... Set a career high with 10 tackles against eventual national champions Florida State and then broke that three times with 11 stops at Boise State, 14 against UNLV and 15 in a win over San Jose State ... First career sack came at UCLA.

2012: Played in all 13 games with no starts ... Recorded 16 tackles on the year and forced a fumble ... Established a career high with three tackles in Nevada's win over Cal ... Broke that with four stops in the Pack's victory at Hawaii ... First career forced fumble came against Fresno State.

2011: Joined Nevada in the spring semester and went through spring drills with the Wolf Pack ... Redshirted his first season with the team.

Junior College
Played one season at Santa Monica City College ... Was named first-team All-Pacific League.

High School
A graduate of Venice (Calif.) High School ... Was a four-year letterwinner in both football and basketball ... Was part of three straight conference championship teams as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Named first-team All-Western League as a junior and senior.

Personal
Born Jonathan Jamon McNeal on Sept. 17, 1992 ... Son of Marion Vaughn and Tim McNeal ... Has four sisters and four brothers ... Sister Tanae played softball at San Francisco State ... Majoring in business and wants to own his own sports-related business after college ... Received recruiting interest from USC, Hawaii, New Mexico and San Jose State but chose Nevada because of the program and because it was close to home ... Sports hero is Ray Lewis ... Coaches and works at the Boys and Girls Club of Venice in his free time.

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