Honors and Awards
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
Junior DaiShon Neal is in position to compete for the most significant playing time of his Nebraska career in 2018. The 6-7, 310-pound Neal has great size and athleticism for the defensive end spot, allowing him to hold up against the run, while also having the ability to pressure the passer.
The Omaha Central product had a strong spring practice session and helps make the defensive line one of Nebraska’s deepest and most game-tested positions.
Neal has provided depth on the defensive front throughout his career, while also contributing on various special teams.
Neal was a prominent special teams player and added depth on the defensive line while appearing in all 12 games as a sophomore in 2017. Neal recorded his lone tackle on the season from his defensive end spot in the Huskers’ 12-point fourth-quarter comeback victory at Purdue.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Neal played in nine games, both on special teams and as a reserve end. Neal was on the Huskers' punt block team for the majority of the season. He had an assisted tackle at Northwestern and a solo stop at Ohio State.
Neal sat out the season as a redshirt. He was sidelined for much of the season by a leg injury.
Before Nebraska (Omaha Central HS)
Neal was one of two in-state prospects in the 2015 signing class, coming to Nebraska after a standout career at Omaha Central High School. Neal was the Huskers’ first scholarship signee from Central High since offensive lineman D.J. Jones in 2006.
Neal spent two seasons at William B. Travis High School before moving to Omaha where he was one of the state’s top players for Coach Jay Ball. Neal was a four-year varsity performer in high school, as he enrolled at Omaha Central prior to his junior season. As a senior, Neal recorded 51 tackles, including 39 solo stops for the Eagles’ defense. He also had 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and six quarterback hurries. He caused one fumble, recovered another and blocked one kick.
Neal showed his versatility and athleticism against Class A state champion Omaha North when he lined up at tight end and caught two touchdown passes. His play helped the Eagles to a 7-4 record and a trip to the second round of the Class A state playoffs. Neal was a first-team All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald and a Super State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star. He also earned All-Metro honors from the World-Herald.
Neal saw his first varsity action at Omaha Central in 2013 as a junior and quickly showed his raw talent and athleticism. His play helped the Eagles to a berth in the state playoffs. Neal was also a member of the Central basketball team that reached the state semifinals in 2014.
Neal was ranked as the top prospect in Nebraska by both Rivals.com and 247Sports, and both services listed him among the top 40 defensive ends in the nation. Neal chose Nebraska over Michigan and also visited Oklahoma, with offers from Oregon and Iowa among others.
Neal was born on Oct. 15, 1997, and is the son of Abraham Hoskins Jr. and Denise Hoskins and DaLana Neal Guess and Lance Guess. He is majoring in criminology and criminal justice and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Neal has earned spots on the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams in 2017 and 2018. He volunteered time with the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital and school outreach activities.