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After transferring from UCF, safety Tre Neal ready to help Husker secondary improve

Posted at 11:43 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 00:43:11-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) When Scott Frost led UCF to the American Athletic Conference title back in December, many Husker fans knew it would be Frost's last contest in Orlando. But they didn't know Knights' safety Tre Neal would follow Frost to Nebraska. 

Neal made the game-clinching interception against Memphis in the league title game. The Atlanta native earned his undergrad degree from Central Florida just a few weeks ago and is now a graduate transfer at NU, meaning he can play right away.

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Neal wants to be a dentist, but for now, he's comfortable cutting his teeth in the Big Red secondary. 

"I came here to do whatever I can to make this team better," said Neal. " Whether that's on special teams, defense, wherever they need me. I'm just here to help. They did something great when we were at UCF so I felt like if I could make this move, I could help them build this program back up too."

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With depth in the Nebraska secondary fairly thin, Neal should easily contribute in his lone season in Lincoln.  

"He kind of knows the answers to the questions," defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said. "I present them with a problem. I let the problem occur. Then we give them a solution. Having him in the room, has allowed the teaching at the position, the safety and the corner, to raise to a higher level and he also kind of knows what we expect from practice so he guides them through the drills and different segments."