A graduate transfer from UCF who enrolled at Nebraska in August, Tre Neal has posted 27 tackles while starting every game this season. Neal registered five tackles in his Husker debut against Colorado. He added seven tackles the next week vs. Troy, including the first tackle for loss and first pass breakup of his Nebraska career. Neal added two tackles at No. 19 Michigan and had three stops and his second pass breakup against Purdue. At No. 16 Wisconsin, Neal registered six tackles. At Northwestern, Neal recorded his first interception as a Husker and the fourth of his career, while adding four tackles.
Before Nebraska (Buford HS/UCF)
Neal spent the past four seasons at Central Florida, playing the past two seasons under Scott Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. Neal started all 13 games as a junior in 2017, when UCF finished as the nation’s only unbeaten team. He ranked fourth on the team with 68 tackles, including 41 solo stops and a pair of tackles for loss. Neal also registered three interceptions and a trio of pass breakups. His second interception of the season came against East Carolina, and he returned the pick 50 yards for a touchdown. His final interception of the year was a game-ending interception in the second overtime of the Knights’ victory over Memphis in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game. Neal also added eight tackles against the Tigers, one of seven games in 2017 where he had five or more tackles. In the Peach Bowl against Auburn, Neal totaled seven tackles and a breakup, and he also recovered a fumble and returned it 36 yards.
As a sophomore in 2015, Neal appeared in all 13 games and recorded 21 tackles. He had a season-high three tackles in four different contests and against Cincinnati, Neal forced a fumble and blocked a kick. Neal also contributed as a redshirt freshman in 2014, earning five starts while appearing in 12 games. He recorded 55 tackles and added three pass breakups. He made five tackles in his collegiate debut against Florida International, one of six games with five or more tackles. Neal tallied a career-high 13 tackles at Cincinnati, and he had another double-digit tackle performance with 11 stops against East Carolina. Neal redshirted in his first year at UCF in 2014, when he was an academic all-conference selection.
Neal came to UCF from Buford High School in Atlanta. A three-star recruit, Neal helped Buford to back-to-back Georgia AAA state titles as a junior and senior. He was an honorable-mention all-state selection as a senior when he totaled 54 tackles and added 31 catches for 413 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a wide receiver. In his prep career, Neal recorded 97 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, eight pass breakups and four interceptions. As a receiver, he totaled 66 catches for 824 yards and five touchdowns.
Tre was born in Lawrenceville, Ga., and is the son of Tino and Tracy Neal.