Joined the team as a walk-on and worked at free safety ... Played on the scout and jayvee teams ... Is still learning the Tech system, but has shown progress ... Must continue working in the athletic performance program to improve his strength and speed ... Could compete for a spot on special teams if he continues to improve ... Needs to keep developing as a safety ... 2001: Joined the team when school started ... Played on the scout team ... Saw action in the Hokies' jayvee game against Hargrave ... Posted a 400-pound back squat during spring testing ... Registered three tackles in one of Tech's spring scrimmages and was in on five tackles during the annual Maroon-White games ... High School: Played tight end and free safety for Coach Peter Salvano at George Marshall High ... Earned three varsity letters and was co-captain his senior year ... Earned all-district honors at both positions as a senior ... Named second-team all-region as a safety ... Earned the coach's award as the team's most outstanding player ... Selected the male athlete of the year at Marshall his senior year ... A four-year scholar-athlete award winner ... Also lettered in basketball ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Personal: James Jackson Dismukes ... Born 2/18/83 in Arlington, VA ... Son of Philip Dismukes and Paula Dwyer ... Enrolled in biochemistry.