A young linebacker with good athletic ability ... Has worked hard and made good strides in the athletic performance program ... Got his share of work at the backer position during spring practice ... Has shown real potential at the position, but is still adjusting ... Should become more comfortable as he gains experience ... Has a chance to earn some playing time with a good showing when practice resumes in August ... Will also be a candidate for special teams duty ... 2001: Redshirted while working at the backer postion ... His 36 1/2-inch vertical jump during spring testing was the second-best among the Hokies' inside linebackers ... Also turned in the second-best hang clean (305 pounds) in the group and the third-best back squat (500 pounds) ... Continued to work at backer during spring practice ... Contributed a pair of tackles and broke up a pass during one spring scrimmage ... Was in on two tackles during the spring game ... High School: Posted 41 tackles, five sacks, four fumble recoveries and an interception as a senior for Coach David Cox at Deep Creek High ... A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 8 linebacker in the Atlantic Region ... Named second-team Group AAA all-state as a linebacker by both the coaches and The Associated Press ... Also named first-team All-Tidewater by the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ... Ranked the No. 26 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep and The Roanoke Times ... Also competed in basketball and track ... High jumped 6-6 ... Finished sixth in the state shot put as a senior ... Personal: James Nathaniel Anderson ... Born 9/26/83 in Roanoke Rapids, NC ... Son of James, Sr., and Brenda Anderson ... His father played basketball at North Carolina A&T ... Is enrolled in art.