Kansas Jayhawks
Devin Neal - Football - Kansas Jayhawks
Position Running Back
Height 5'11"
Weight 215 lbs.
Class Junior
High School Lawrence HS
Hometown Lawrence, Kan.
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Career Honors: 2023: (Jr.) Preseason All-Big 12 First Team (Big 12, Athlon, Phil Steele), Maxwell Award Watch List, Doak Walker Award Candidate 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.

2023 (Jr.): Missouri State: Scored a 48-yard touchdown rush on his first touch of the season … Totaled 13 carries for 94 yards (7.2 avg.) and one touchdown … Recorded three receptions for 25 yards including a 16-yard touchdown catch … Illinois: Averaged 12 yards a carry with 120 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries … Caught four passes good for 47 yards … at Nevada: Carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns … Caught a career-high 59-yard reception for his only catch of the game … BYU: Averaged 5.4 yards a carry for 91 yards on 17 carries … Grabbed three receptions for 14 yards … at Texas: Produced 45 yards on eight carries (5.6 avg.) … Completed two catches for ten yards … UCF: Averaged 12.8 yards per carry with one touchdown … Ran the ball 12 times for 154 yards … Caught one reception for 14 yards. at Oklahoma State: Recorded 66 rushing yards on 13 carries, good for 5.1 yards per carry… Also caught three passes for 15 yards… Oklahoma: Carried the ball 25 times for a total of 112 yards and a touchdown… Als0 caught two passes for a total of 12 receiving yards…  at Iowa State: Carried the ball 21 times for a total of 57 yards and two rushing touchdowns… Also caught two passes for a total of four yards… Texas Tech: Recorded 137 yards on 19 carries, good f0r 7.2 yards per carry… Recorded a 60 yard rushing touchdown, and caught two passes for an additional 12 yards… Kansas State: Carried the ball 18 times for a total of 138 yards… Also tied his career high in touchdowns with three… at Cincinnati: Carried the ball ten times for a total of 108 yards, good for 10.8 yards per carry, Also recorded two touchdowns in the victory…

2022 (So.): 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 🏈 Devin Neal, Daniel Hishaw Jr. Chosen as Doak Walker Award Candidates

Kansas running backs Devin Neal and Daniel Hishaw Jr. are both preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award, which is annually presented to the nation’s top running back.

Football 🏈 Jalon Daniels, Devin Neal Named to Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels and running back Devin Neal are among the standout college football players who have been named to the preseason watch list for the 87th annual Maxwell Award.

Football 🏈 Kansas Football in the Spotlight at Big 12 Media Days

Kansas football was well-represented at Big 12 Media Days at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, as head coach Lance Leipold, quarterback Jalon Daniels, running back Devin Neal, linebacker Rich Miller and safety Kenny Logan Jr. took center stage.

Football 🏈 Kansas Football to Represent at Big 12 Football Media Days

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold, safety Kenny Logan Jr., running back Devin Neal, linebacker Rich Miller and quarterback Jalon Daniels preview the 2023 football season at Big 12 Media Days presented by Old Trapper at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday.

Football 🏈 KU Has 12 Recognized on Phil Steele’s All-Big 12 Preseason Teams

Kansas had 12 players selected to the Phil Steele’s 2023 Preseason All-Big 12 Football teams, highlighted by three first team and three second team selections.

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.”