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      Karlton Neal
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Morgan Park

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 260

Position:
DE

Experience:
3L

Full name: Karlton Daryle Neal ... Senior year awaits this improving talent who offers vital leadership to defensive end corps filled with underclassmen ... Enters season as veteran starter and only senior ... Started first three games of 2003 at left end and has seven career starts ... Returns to original position at right end this season, vying for starter's role ... Made four starts at right end in 2002, justifying selection earlier that year as winner of Andy Spiva Award for most improved defensive play during spring drills ... Quickness makes him asset around corner ... Coaching staff also continues to praise his leadership role on defensive front ... Coach Caldwell's evaluation: "Karlton really had a great spring and you can tell he's looking forward to his senior season. I believe his leadership will have an impact on this football team." ... Born: Nov. 5, 1982.

CAREER -
Games/Started: 30/7 ...

2003 -
Games/Started 13/3 ... Veteran started the Vols' first three games at left defensive end ... Finished the regular season with 15 tackles and three PBUs ... Broke up a pass and logged two tackles against Marshall ... Tallied five tackles against Auburn ... Made one TFL during Tennessee's victory at Alabama ... Posted two solo tackles vs. Vanderbilt, including UT's only sack of the day.

2002 - Games/Started 10/4 ... Fought through injuries to gain four starting assignments at right end ... Started first three games before knee injury forced him to sidelines for three straight games, then started vs. South Carolina ... Missed Rutgers, Arkansas and Georgia games with knee injury ... Had 31 tackles ... Also had 51/2 tackles for lost yardage including 11/2 sacks ... Earned Andy Spiva Award as most improved defensive player during spring drills ...

2001
- Games/Started: 7/0 ... Moved to defensive end during the early part of the season ... Provided needed depth as athletic ability allows him to make plays.

2000 - Redshirted ...

HIGH SCHOOL - Listed as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country by USA Today ... Named to the PrepStar All-America squad ... Was an All-State performer in 1999 ... Was a four-year starter at tight end and three-year starter at linebacker ... Missed three games during his senior season, but still tallied 65 total hits with eight sacks and caused four fumbles ... In 1998, he racked up 110 tackles with five sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions returned for scores ... Also was a member of the track team ... Set the school record for the shot put (48-0), and ran the 200 meters, 100 meters, 4x200 relay and the 55-meter indoor dash ... Coach at Morgan Park High School: Lexie Spurlock.

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
TOT
FUM
FUM
QB
Class/Year
UT
AT
HITS
REC
CAU
SKS
TFL
PBU
Fr. 2001
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
So. 2002
20
11
31
0
0
1.5
5.5
0
Jr. 2003
10
5
15
0
0
1
2
3
TOTALS
31
17
48
0
0
2.5
7.5
3





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