August 4, 2012
Neal banking on summer work paying dividends
Junior Rajion Neal was the first running back Friday afternoon in any drill that tailbacks coach Jay Graham used. Neal was the first back out with the first team offense to start fall camp.
That's not because he's the starting tailback for the University of Tennessee. It's because that's who he is trying to become in a position battle that head coach Derek Dooley says he expects to continue into the season.
This time a year ago Neal was a part-time receiver and a part time running back. Last spring, Neal worked exclusively as a tailback. This summer the Fayetteville, Ga. native was a full-time running back who worked part-time with the offensive line.
"I felt like it was a good summer," the 212-pound Neal said. "I worked out with the o-line the majority of the summer, working a little extra and pushing myself. My numbers improved. My stats show it in the weight room and hopefully that translates over to the field.
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