Neal hungrier than ever

After sitting out last season, Davonte Neal is hungry to get back on the field. Read on to see what he says about his role, mindset, and more.

Davonte Neal had to sit out last season due to transfer rules but, if anything, that made him want to make an impact this season even more.

"It is not a guessing game now," Neal said. "It's not am I going to play or am I not, I am geared to go. I just can't wait to get out here and make some plays. I'm hungry.

"The year was not fun to sit out, but I rallied behind my teammates throughout the wins and losses just so we can get to this point and get better."

Neal is now a major part of the competition at wide receiver and sees a similar one happening at quarterback as well.

"The quarterbacks are working and we can see the competition among the quarterbacks just like they can see the competition among the receivers," he said. "We know we have some great quarterbacks and receivers and it will all come together.

"It is not going to be easy and it is not going to be given, so we know whoever Coach Rodriguez has put on the field has earned it."

When describing what his role will be next season, Neal has a simple answer.

"Put the ball in my hands, make some plays, and be a great blocker," he said. "I want to get better at blocking this year so that we can spring big plays for the running backs."

Rich Rodriguez has chosen to get Neal the ball in numerous ways, including handoffs. Considering what he brings to the offense, that strategy makes sense.

"Just the speed and my vision," Neal said of why he gets carries. "I have a knack for getting in the end zone and that is what I want to do. I want to help this team by putting points on the board and making big plays.

"It doesn't have to be a touchdown play, it can be a 50-yard run that gets the team downfield and puts us in scoring position."

With spring ball over, Neal is looking forward to improving before practice starts back up in the summer.

"It was a good spring," he said. "There is still a lot of work to be done. It is just spring and I am looking forward to getting into the summer and working my butt off.

"Work, just get better. Get in the weight room, get my speed up, and just have that attitude where nobody can touch us. Nobody can touch U of A and this is a new era and we are going to show it this year."

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