David Neill (born July 17, 1980[1]) was an American college football quarterback for the University of Nevada from 1998 to 2001. In 1998, he set an NCAA record for most touchdown passes in a season by a freshman with 29 thrown. This record was tied in 2006 by Colt McCoy of the Texas Longhorns,[2] and broken the following season by Sam Bradford of Oklahoma.[3] Neill also previously held the school record for most completed passes with 763.[1] This has since been broken by Cody Fajardo (878). He received attention from the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets of the NFL, but he opted for a veterinary career and left football prior to the 2002 NFL Draft.[4]

Neill currently holds the following records at the University of Nevada:

1. Total offense in a single game: 582 (also an NCAA record for a true freshman).[5]

2. Total yards thrown in a single game: 611 (also an NCAA record for a true freshman).[6]

3. Career passing yards: 10,901.

4. Passing attempts in a career: 1374.

Neill attended high school at Hart High School in Newhall, California, where he played both football and basketball.[1]


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