Kansas Jayhawks
Devin Neal - Football - Kansas Jayhawks
Position Running Back
Height 5'11"
Weight 210 lbs.
Class Sophomore
High School Lawrence HS
Hometown Lawrence, Kan.
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Career Honors: 2023: Preseason All-Big 12 First Team (Athlon) 2022: (So.) All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (RB, OPoY) (Coaches), Doak Walker Award National Running Back of the Week (11/5), Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (11/5), Athlon Sports Second Preseason Team All-Big 12, Phil Steele Preseason All-Big 12 Third Team, Doak Walker Award Preseason Candidate List 2021: (Fr.) – Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (10/25), Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (11/15), Honorable Mention All-Big 12.

2022 (Soph.): Tennessee Tech: Started in season-opener … Attempted four rushes for 108 yards … Scored two touchdowns on the ground … Had one catch for 10 yards … at West Virginia: Ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries … Caught a 17 yard pass resulting in a touchdown … at Houston: Rushed for 54 yards on 14 touches, averaging 3.9 yards per carry … Duke: Carried the ball nine times for 54 yards, good for six yards/carry … Caught a pass for four yards in win over the Blue Devils … Iowa State: Led the Jayhawks with 75 rushing yards on 12 carries, averaging 6.2 yards/carry … TCU: Led both teams in rushing with 88 yards on 15 touches, averaging 5.9 yards/carry … at Oklahoma: Rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries against the Sooners … Scored a touchdown for his fifth of the season … Caught a pass for three yards … at Baylor: Rushed for 32 yards and a TD on 10 carries … Recorded a solo tackle against the Bears … Oklahoma State: Had a career day against the Cowboys … Rushed for 224 yards and a TD on 32 carries … Caught six passes for 110 yards … Tallied 334 total all-purpose yards … First Jayhawk to put up 200+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards in a single game … at Texas Tech: Rushed the ball 24 times for 190 yards … Game-long rushing play of 63 yards … Averaged 7.9 yards per carry … Caught four passes for eight yards … Led both teams in all-purpose yards for the second straight week with 198 yards … Texas: Rushed for 51 yards on 13 touches … Surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season against the Longhorns (1,002) … Arkansas: Lead the Jayhawks with 29 yards on nine carries.

2021 (Fr): First Kansas freshman to ever win the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week … Ran for 707 yards including eight TD’s off 158 carries … Averaged 4.2 yards per carry … Also had seven receptions for 57 yards including a touchdown … Started eight out of 12 games … South Dakota: Saw playing time in the season opener win over the Coyotes … at Coastal Carolina: Contributed 11 carries for 40 yards and one touchdown … Baylor: Saw playing time against the Bears … Ran 33 yards on 10 carries … at Duke: Registered first career start for the Jayhawks … Had 17 rushes for 107 yards and one touchdown … Personal best average of 6.3 yards per carry …  at Iowa St.: Had 15 rushes for 83 yards … Texas Tech:  Saw playing time against the Red Raiders …had 15 carries for 54 yards and one reception for seven yards … Oklahoma: Contributed 23 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Sooners … at Oklahoma State:  Had nine carries for 25 yards… Kansas State: Ran for 62 yards off of 19 carries … Had two catches for 13 yards … at Texas: Racked up a season high 143 yards off of 24 carries and two receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown in the overtime win against the Longhorns … at TCU: Registered eighth consecutive start … Had one catch for 13 yards … Ran for 59 yards and one touchdown off 14 carries.

High School: A Rivals.com and 247 Sports composite three-star recruit…Ranked as a top 1,000 recruit nationally by 247 Sports at No. 415 and as the 24th best running back in the country by Rivals…Consensus No. 1 recruit in the state of Kansas…Played for Coach Steve Rampy, and helped lead team to a 9-1 record…Named to the 2020 All-State Football Top 11 by the Topeka Capital-Journal…Named First-Team Class 6A All-State by the Capital-Journal…Named First-Team All-State by the Wichita Eagle…Rushed for more than 1,300 yards and added 20 touchdowns as a senior for the Lions.

Personal: Son of Freda and Ryan McPhail…Has one sister, Embree…Also drew interest from Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and others…Plans to major in physical therapy.

Football 🏈 Jayhawks Have 10 Selected to Athlon Sports All-Big 12 Preseason Teams

The Kansas Jayhawks had 10 players chosen for the 2023 Athlon Sports Preseason All-Big 12 Football Teams, highlighted by four first team selections in quarterback Jalon Daniels, running back Devin Neal, offensive lineman Mike Novitsky and cornerback Cobee Bryant.

Football 🏈 Devin Neal Honored as Doak Walker National Running Back of the Week

Kansas’ Devin Neal has been named a Doak Walker Co-National Running Back of the Week, the organization announced on Tuesday. Neal accounted for 334 total yards in Kansas’ 37-16 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State on November 5.

Football 🏈 Devin Neal Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

After combining for 334 yards of offense on Saturday, sophomore Devin Neal has been named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Football Devin Neal: A Love Letter to Lawrence

I still remember what the skeptics told me during my recruitment. As they tried to talk me out of committing to KU, their message always sounded the same: “Why are you doing this? You have a chance to go somewhere else, somewhere that’s established. You don’t have to do this.”