2013 Surprise Players - No. 5

IlliniPlaybook counts down the list of Illinois players who will surprise during the 2013 season.

No. 5 - LB T.J. Neal

The depth chart isn't in his favor, but T.J. Neal has plenty of talent on his side.

He redshirted last year, forced to watch as classmates Mason Monheim and Mike Svetina made a name for themselves on Saturdays in the fall. Now it's Neal's turn to get out into the action.

It will be tough to crack the starting rotation, with Jonathan Brown and Monheim pretty well penciled in. Svetina, Zeph Grimes and others will compete for playing time in a battle Neal should be a prime contender amid.

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