Neal showed some raw skills in getting pressure on Sioux City Heelan's quarterback who at 6-foot-4 was able to avoid Neal's pressure on many occasions but lead him into the rest of the defense to clean up or force a quick throw. Neal showed quickness that can not be taught but over pursued on many plays. His aggressiveness can be controlled and with watching game film he will have a better understanding of playing under control and anticipating moves that the quarterback will apply. It will be interesting to see if he will stay at the end position or move to linebacker with the speed that he has. It is showing with Adam Carper this year that speed can help in the linebacker position, especially with size.
The Valley Tigers had a couple other defensive players that showed that they may have a shot at the next level with definite walk-on status for Division I but outside at scholarship. Linebacker Brian King had an intersection with great concentration and good hands. He has good size at 6-foot and weighs close to 200 pounds. He was in on many plays and knifed through the line for blitzes. King was able to cover the Heelan running back out of the backfield.
Also Jason Faulk performed very well at linebacker as well. He is little bit smaller than king at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds but was also fast and hits very hard. He had a couple sacks in the game that prevented Heelen from scoring. Keep an eye on these two through out the year.
Offensively, ISU recruit Zac Sandvig ran really well carrying the ball ten times for 94 yards including a 51 yard cut back play that first started to the left but he showed great vision in the over pursuit by Sioux City and cut it back to the right going 51 yards almost untouched. He ran well up the middle getting yards after contact that Coach Mac likes. He may end up on the defensive side of the ball at the next level but for now he does have the capability to show his running skills. It's hard to teach vision and ability once a player reaches a senior in high school.
Watch out for his younger brother Alex Sandvig at wide receiver as he is taller and seems to be just as fast as Zac. He caught three passes for 33 yards, but one catch was for a key first down over the shoulder catch.
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