Lewis Matthew Neal (born May 17, 1995) is an American football fullback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU.
Neal attended James B. Hunt High School. As a senior he registerd 68 tackles, eight sacks and one safety. He played offense and defense at the All-American Bowl where he was named Defensive MVP. He was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
He accepted a football scholarship from Louisiana State University. He was a backup defensive end as a freshman, and was a backup at defensive tackle the following year.
As a junior, he became a starter at defensive end, leading the team with eight sacks (tied for 10th in school history), while collecting 48 tackles (9.5 for loss), eight quarterback hurries and six passes defensed. He had a dominant game against the University of Florida, posting three sacks (tied for second in school history), 10 tackles (3.5 for loss), three quarterback hurries and one pass deflected.
As a senior, he started at defensive end in the team’s new 3-4 defense. He tallied 60 tackles (5.5 tackles for loss), 3.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries. He made a career-high 11 tackles in a 10-0 loss against the University of Alabama. He was a part of a defense that allowed only 16 touchdowns, while ranking second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (15.8 points per game) and third in total defense (314.4 yards per game).
Neal finished his college career playing in 47 games (24 starts), recording 118 tackles (17 for loss), 12 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, seven passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.