Turned a lot of heads during the spring when he moved from third to first on the depth chart at whip linebacker ... Has developed a knowledge of the position that allows him to put his speed and athleticism to full use ... Closes hard in run support and can get to balls in the passing game ... A smart player with an outstanding work ethic ... Was named the Hokies' top special teams player following the 2003 season ... Saw only a limited amount of playing time at whip after moving over from the backer position the previous spring ... Worked hard during Tech's 2004 winter program, gaining Super Iron Hokie honors ... Was the only player to earn the Excalibur Award - the top honor in Tech's strength and conditioning program ... Voted the Dr. Richard Bullock Award winner as the most improved defensive player during spring practice ... Was pressed into some starting duty at the backer position as a redshirt freshman in 2002 ... Had some ups and downs, but gained valuable experience ... Seems much more suited to his new position ... Can expect challenges for the top spot in the fall ... May be headed to a big season ... 2003: Saw action in all 13 games ... Led the team in special teams tackles with 37 ... Also had four tackles on defense ... Played six special teams snaps against UCF, registering two tackles ... Was in for 12 defensive plays and 20 special teams plays against James Madison ... Had four tackles on defense and four tackles and a forced fumble on special teams ... Recorded three solo tackles and an assist on special teams against Texas A&M ... Had two solo tackles on special teams against Connecticut ... Recorded a solo stop and three assisted tackles on special teams at Rutgers ... Registered two solo tackles and an assist on special teams against Syracuse ... Had a solo tackle on special teams at West Virginia ... Recorded five solo tackles, all on special teams, against Miami ... Had three solo tackles and an assist at Pittsburgh ... Had a solo tackle on special teams at Temple ... Recorded two solo tackles and two assists, all on special teams, against Boston College ... Had a solo tackle on special teams against Virginia ... Finished the season with a pair of tackles against California in the Insight Bowl ... Posted a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump on the way to Super Iron Hokies honors in the spring ... Also had a personal-best 540-pound back squat ... Turned in a sack, two tackles for losses and five total tackles during the team's first spring scrimmage ... Picked off a pass in the second scrimmage ... Led the winning White team with six tackles during the annual spring Maroon-White game ... 2002: Played in all 14 games ... Recorded 28 solo stops and 20 assisted tackles ... Included in those 48 tackles were three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... Also had three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... Had a solo stop and an assist against Arkansas State ... Caused a fumble and recorded five total tackles against LSU ... Had two solo stops on defense against Marshall ... Also had an assisted tackle on special teams ... Played briefly on eight defensive and eight special teams plays in the win at Texas A&M ... Saw extensive playing time at Western Michigan, recording five solo tackles, an assist, two quarterback hurries and a sack ... Played 23 snaps against Rutgers ... Made his first career start against Temple ... Recorded four solo tackles, seven assists and a quarterback hurry in that game ... Tallied six solo stops and two assists in a start against Pittsburgh ... Also had a tackle for loss and shared a sack ... Started and played all 100 defensive plays at Syracuse, recording four solo tackles and two assists ... Also played 14 snaps on special teams ... Returned to the top backup role when Vegas Robinson returned for the West Virginia game ... Was on the field for 14 snaps on special teams against WVU, recording a solo tackle ... Had a solo tackle and an assist on special teams against Virginia ... Had two assisted stops in Tech's bowl win over Air Force ... Ran a 4.43 forty during spring max testing ... Set a position record for whip linebackers with a 341-pound push jerk ... Also bench pressed 370 pounds and had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors ... Moved to whip linebacker for spring practice ... Had three tackles, including one behind the line, in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... 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 studio art.
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