Nevada 2001: Put on about 20 pounds in the off-season with extra emphasis in the weight room. Will again captain the squad. Tabbed by numerous publications and scouts as one of the top NFL quarterback prospects for the 2002 NFL draft. 2000: Was a co-captain. Named to first team All-WAC pre-season squad by Rivals.com. Became career leader in passing yards, attempts and total offense toward end of 2000 campaign. Had season-high 358 yards passing vs. Fresno State. Named honorable mention All-WAC. Named Team MVP for his efforts. Ranked 26th in nation in total offense and helped Nevada rank 28th in passing offense. Third in career touchdown passes (62). Leading returning rusher for the Wolf Pack in 2000 with 209 yards on 109 carries. 1999: Named All-Big West second team. Ranked fourth in total offense (328.27) and helped the Wolf Pack rank second as a team (472.00) in that category. Threw for over 3,000 yards (3,402) and had 20 touchdowns passes. 1998: Captured first team All-Big West honors after an amazing true freshman year which left him prominently mentioned in the Nevada, Big West, and NCAA record books. He finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in both pass efficiency (159.77) and total offense (372.3 yards per game). Despite not playing in two full games (Oregon State and North Texas), he threw for 3,249 yards and 29 touchdowns. In his first collegiate start, he led the Pack to an upset of Fresno State on the road. Against NMSU, he set numerous records by throwing for 611 yards. In a road win over eventual conference champ Idaho, Neill set an NCAA record by completing 20 of 26 passes for 480 yards and five TD’s, resulting in a whopping pass efficiency rating of 295.46 for the game. His 29 TD’s was another NCAA record for a freshman as was his 611 yards in a game. He was named Big West player of the week three times, following the Fresno State, NMSU, and Idaho games. High School: A two-sport athlete at Hart High School in Newhall, CA. Played football and basketball. Was 1997 league Player-of-the-Year, passing for 3,053 yards and 26 TDs. Selected first team All-CIF Division II, first team All-Los Angeles Times and All-Los Angeles Daily News. Was a scholar athlete with a 4.05 GPA. Personal: A Pre-Business major. Selected Nevada because of its pass-oriented offense and the coaches. His hobbies include kneeboarding and golfing. Son of John and Anita Neill. Born 7/17/80.
Statistics: Passing Year G/GS Effic. Att-Comp-Int Pct TD Long TYds/PGame 2000 11/11 111.60 353-179-12 50.7 13 80 2,334/212.2 1999 11/11 138.24 423-247-7 58.4 20 64 3,402/309.3 1998 9/7 159.77 344-199-9 57.8 29 80 3,249/361.0 Totals 31/29 --- 1120-625-28 55.8 62 80 8,983/289.8