Moved to defensive end during spring drills where the Wave will take advantage of his speed.
2002: Finished the year with 24 tackles (17 solo). Had three solo tackles in the opener vs. Southern (8/31) but suffered a sprained knee and missed the next four games. Posted a season-best six tackles (five solo) against Navy (10/26). Also credited with four tackles against both UAB (10/19) and Army (11/16). Broke up a pass in the TCU game (11/9).
2001: Started all 12 games for the Green Wave at linebacker. Posted 112 tackles on the year to rank second on the team and eighth in Conference USA. Credited with 85 solo takedowns. Also second on the team with 12 tackles for loss and five sacks. Notched seven double-figure tackle days. Posted a career-best 13 tackles against UCF (9/22). Registered a big game against Southern (9/29) with 11 tackles, including four for loss, three sacks and a pass deflection. Collected 12 tackles, including a career-best 11 solo, against Navy (11/10). Also had 11 tackles against Cincinnati (10/6) and Army (10/27).
2000: Played in all 11 games, including a start against Navy (11/11). One of six players on the team to record a tackle in every game. Tallied 22 tackles in his final three games to finish the year with 41 stops. The Navy game was his top performance of the year, as he recorded 12 tackles (one for loss). Also collected five tackles against both Houston (11/4) and Memphis (11/18). Saw significant action as a member of nearly all of the Wave's special teams units while serving as a backup at linebacker. Twice was honored as the Wave's Special Teams Player of the Week, following the East Carolina (9/16) and Army (10/21) games.
1999: Redshirted the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Shaw High School in New Orleans. A two-time all-district selection. Second leading tackler at Shaw in 1998 with 57 solo tackles and 32 assists. Credited with 11 quarterback sacks. Also had six pass breakups and 13 quarterback hurries. Coached by Hank Tierney.
PERSONAL: Daniel Jamal Nevil. Born January 27, 1981 in New Orleans. The son of Beverly and Larry Nevil. Majoring in sociology with a minor in business studies. Earned the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for a cumulative grade-point average of over 3.5 in 1999-2000. Also tabbed for the 1999-2000 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Nevil's Career Defensive Stats