Neal bolsters Oregon's defensive backs 

August, 2, 2012
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When Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal arrived in Eugene in the spring of 2003 he was not very well known among college football fans.

He had spent the previous eight years as defensive backs coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham. In his final two years at UAB he served a dual role while also assuming the defensive coordinator position, helping guide the Blazers to the No. 5 defense nationally in 2001.

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Chris Morrison/US PresswireJohn Boyett is one of many defensive backs that has surged under the tutelage of John Neal.
His coaching skills were always respected among those in the profession but with a great run of success at Oregon, he can be placed among the best assistant coaches in the country.
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