Quayshawn Nealy
Quayshawn Nealy

RS Senior

Lakeland, Fla.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 235




Johnson Coach of the Year; Seven All-ACC

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Postgame Notes: Georgia Tech 56, NC State 23

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Postgame Notes: Georgia Tech 56, Pitt 28

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Nealy and Golden discuss the defense

Jamal Golden and Quayshawn Nealy discuss the defense during #GTCAMP13


Nealy spoke with Courtney Keck of

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Football Buries NC State (Photos by Steven Jensen)

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Georgia Tech @ Tulane (USATSI)

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* 2014 ACC Second Team (Media)
* 2014 ACC ThirdTeam (Coaches)
* ACC Linebacker of the Week (11.10.14)
* ACC Linebacker of the Week (10.21.13)
* 2013 Preseason First Team All-ACC (Athlon)
* 2013 Preseason Third Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
* 2012 ACC Linebacker of the Week (11.12.12)

In the Tech Record Books
*17th -- career tackles by a linebacker (287)

A three-year starter, one of the top linebackers in the ACC and a quarterback of sorts on the Yellow Jacket defense... has played in 42 career games with 35 starts... has seven career interceptions and 207 tackles... has scored touchdowns on interceptions (twice) and fumble returns... very good in pass coverage and pass rush... has good speed... one of Tech's top performers in the weight room.

2014 (senior): Named to the 2014 All-ACC second team by the media and to the All-ACC third team by the coaches ... Started in all 13 games ... Had 90 tackles, including 55 solo, which is second on the defense ... Had 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, recovered a team-best three fumbles, including one he returned for a touchdown, and forced one fumble ...Recorded six tackles and broke up a pass in the ACC Championship game vs. Florida State (Dec. 6) ... Tallied nine tackles, forced a fumble for the first time in his career and broke up a pass at Georgia (Nov. 29) ...Had 10 tackles, including three solo and a half a sack for a loss of four yards, vs. Clemson (Nov. 15) ...Recorded six tackles, talliedan interception and returned it 71 yards and returned a fumble for a 43-yard touchdown at NC State (Nov. 8) ... Had three tackles vs. Virginia (Nov. 1) ...Recorded seven tackles and recovered two fumbles at Pitt (Oct. 25) ...Registered nine tackles, including seven solo and a half of a sack, at North Carolina (Oct. 18) ...Led the defense with 10 tackles, including eight solo and two for a loss of 17 yards, vs. Duke (Oct. 11) ...Tallied four tackles, including three solo, and had two pass breakups vs. Miami (Oct. 4) ...Had eight tackles, including two for a loss of 10 yards and 0.5 sacks for a loss of four yards, and one quarterback hurry and Virginia Tech (Sept. 20) ...Led the defense with eight solo tackles vs. Georgia Southern (Sept. 13) ...Grabbed his seventh career interception and returned it 10 yards for his third career touchdown at Tulane (Sept. 6) while recording four solo tackles ...Led the team with six tackles against Wofford (Aug. 30).

2013 (junior): Played in all 13 games and started 12 times... tied for second on the team with 66 total tackles, including 44 solo tackles... responsible for four takeaways -- two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown... registered eight tackles and a pass break-up in the season opener vs. Elon (Aug. 31)... had an interception and three solo tackles at Miami (Oct. 5)... recorded an interception and an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a 56-0 shutout vs. Syracuse (Oct. 19)... named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his efforts against the Orange... had nine tackles, seven solo tackles and a career-high three tackles for loss at Clemson (Nov. 14)... recovered a fumble vs. Alabama A&M (Nov. 23)... registered a season-high 10 tackles, including eight solo tackles vs. Georgia (Nov. 30)... had nine tackles vs. Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl (Dec. 30).

2012 (sophomore): Started 13 games... missed the Clemson game (Oct. 6) with an injury... ranked fourth on the team in total tackles (79)... recorded 3.5 tackles for loss including 2.0 sacks... registered two interceptions and one pass break-up... had 10 tackles, a half-tackle for loss and his third career interception in the win over Virginia (Sept. 15)... had 10 tackles vs. BYU (Oct. 27)... recorded a career-high 12 tackles including a tackle for loss at Maryland (Nov. 3)... named ACC Linebacker of the Week after getting two sacks in the win at North Carolina (Nov. 10)... had an interception in the Sun Bowl against Southern California (Dec. 31) -- the second straight year he had an INT in a bowl game.

2011 (redshirt freshman): Saw action in all 13 games at inside linebacker and started seven times... produced 52 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, two interceptions and one fumble recovery... came off the bench for two tackles and a fumble recovery in first career game -- Sept. 1 vs. Western Carolina... recorded six tackles the next week at Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 10)... recorded five solo tackles and his first career interception in a win over Maryland (Oct. 8)... had his first career double-digit tackle day with 10 tackles and a half-tackle for loss at Virginia (Oct. 15)... registered seven tackles (5 solos) and a tackle for loss at Duke (Nov. 19)... picked off a Utah pass and returned it untouched, 74 yards for a touchdown, in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).

2010 (true freshman): Redshirted.

High School: Lakeland HS... All-State FSWA 5A Honorable Mention and All-Area Second Team LB... co-Defensive Player of the Year in Polk County... first team all-county... named 2010 Florida Varsity Top 100... as a senior in 2009, recorded 121 tackles (85 unassisted), 25 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three pass break-ups, two interceptions, five sacks, two blocked punts and eight quarterback hurries... career stats: 354 tackles (234 unassisted), 66 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, six interceptions, 11 sacks, two blocked punts, one blocked field goal... 126 tackles, four sacks and two fumbles caused as a junior in 2008... played four seasons of football including two as team captain under coach William Castle... also played four seasons of basketball... led Lakeland High School to district championships in 2008 and 2009... the 2008 team was the state runner-up, the `09 team was a 5A state semifinalist.

Personal: Full name is Quayshawn Tyree Nealy... born Aug. 5, 1991 in Winter Haven, Fla... son of Jimmie and Katrina... has two siblings - Zedrick Robinson and Jimmie Nealy, Jr... made the Dean's List in the fall of 2012... majoring in management.

Career Highs
Tackles: 12 at Maryland, Nov. 3, 2012
TFL: 3.0 at Clemson, Nov. 14, 2013
Sacks: 2.0 at North Carolina, Nov. 10, 2012
FF: 1, at Georgia, Nov. 29, 2014
FR: 2, at Pitt, Oct. 25, 2014
Long Fumble Return: 43(td)at NC State, Nov. 8, 2014
PB: 2, vs. Miami, Oct. 4, 2014
INT: 1, eighttimes, last atNC State, Nov. 8, 2014
Long INT Return: 74 (td) vs. Utah, Dec. 31, 2011

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