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Updated: September 4, 2015
2014-15: Played in five games … Logged 11 plays on offense and 16 on special teams … Was in on seven offensive snaps in the opener against William & Mary …Was in briefly against Georgia Tech and Western Michigan … Saw action on three plays at tight end, as well as two special teams plays at North Carolina … Was in on special teams at Pitt … Saw action on special teams against Miami and Boston College … Was in on five special teams plays at Duke … Was in on three special teams plays against Virginia … Posted a 385-pound bench press and a 465-pound squat in spring max testing.
2013-14: Was in on two offensive snaps against Western Carolina, his first career action … Bench pressed 360 pounds and posted a 275-pound power clean in fall scout team max testing.
2012-13: Worked at tight end while taking a redshirt year … Recorded a 370-pound bench press, a 350-pound front squat and a 320-pound push jerk to earn Hokie level honors in fall scout team testing … Upped his bench to 375 and his jerk to 335 during the off-season … Had a 7-yard reception in the first spring scrimmage.
High School: Selected to play for USA Football’s 2012 Junior National Team, which competed in the sport’s junior world championship in the summer of 2012 … A National Underclassmen Combine East Regional honorable mention All-America selection for Coach Burt Torrence at Northside High … A member of the PrepStar All-Atlantic Region squad … A first-team Group AA all-state selection at tight end by the Virginia High School Coaches Association … A second-team Group AA all-state selection at tight end by VirginiaPreps … A first-team All-Timesland selection by The Roanoke Times as a tight end … A first-team All-Region III pick for his 11-1 team … Caught 22 passes for 360 yards, including a game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Hidden Valley … Also started at defensive end … Hauled in 18 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns his junior season … Also had 14 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks his junior year … A first-team All-Group AA tight end his junior season by The Associated Press and the Virginia High School Coaches Association … Listed as the No. 17 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated the No. 22 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 20 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Ranked as the No. 21 tight end in the country and the No. 25 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 42 tight end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 32 tight end in the country, the No. 86 player in his region and the No. 18 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Personal: Dakota Cole Jackson … Born Oct. 5, 1993 in Roanoke, Va. … Son of Rodger and Gayle Jackson … Majoring in consumer studies.