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Georgia Tech Football R-Sophomore Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy spoke with Courtney Keck of RamblinWreck.com.
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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 39 career games with 32 starts... has six career interceptions and 197 tackles... has scored touchdowns on interception and fumble returns... very good in pass coverage and pass rush... has good speed... one of Tech's top performers in the weight room.
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.