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2019 Season Outlook
Junior Marquel Dismuke has made his mark the past two seasons as one of Nebraska’s top special teams performers, while also adding depth in the secondary. This spring the California native made a strong push to earn a greatly increased role for the Blackshirts in 2019.
Following spring practice, the 6-2, 215-pounder is a front-runner to earn a starting role at one of the safety positions. Dismuke has shown the ability to be strong in pass coverage, while also the toughness to be good in run support.
Dismuke appeared in seven games as a sophomore in 2018, seeing time on both defense and special teams. Dismuke totaled nine tackles, including four special teams tackles. Dismuke made his season debut against Troy and posted two tackles at No. 19 Michigan the next week. Dismuke added tackles on kickoff coverage against both Purdue and No. 16 Wisconsin. He totaled a season-high three tackles - all solo stops on defense - at Northwestern. He was a force on special teams in the Huskers’ win over Illinois, making a pair of tackles on kickoff coverage and blocking a punt that resulted in a safety. Dismuke’s block marked the first blocked punt by a Husker since 2015. Dismuke concluded his sophomore season with a tackle on kickoff coverage at Iowa.
2017 (Redshirt Freshman)
Dismuke appeared in all 12 games and made one start as a contributor in the Husker secondary and on special teams. Dismuke did not record a tackle in the first five games, but he did recover a fumbled punt to set up Nebraska’s first touchdown against Northern Illinois. Dismuke made his first career tackles against No. 9 Wisconsin, finishing with a career-high nine tackles against the Badgers. He added six tackles against No. 9 Ohio State the next week before totaling three stops at Purdue.
Dismuke tallied seven tackles in his first career start against Northwestern, then had six total tackles and a career-high five solo stops at Minnesota. Each of Dismuke’s 34 tackles came over the final seven games of the season, including four games with six or more tackles. Thirty-one of his tackles came at safety, and he added three tackles on special teams, making two stops on kickoff coverage and one tackle on punt coverage.
Dismuke redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first season in Lincoln.
Before Nebraska (Calabasas HS)
Dismuke had a standout prep career at Calabasas High School in California, and was regarded as one of the top defensive back prospects in the state after his play for Coach Casey Clausen.
Dismuke provided a dominant defensive presence for Calabasas in 2015, registering 66 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack. He also had four interceptions, returning one of the picks for 67 yards, while posting a team-high 11 pass breakups. The outstanding play of Dismuke helped the Coyotes to a 13-2 record. Calabasas won the Southern Section Canyon Division and was the CIF Southern Section West Division playoff winner. Calabasas eventually lost in the Division II-A state title game.
Dismuke starred for Compton Dominguez High School as a junior in 2014, helping Coach Keith Donerson’s team to a 7-4 record and a trip to the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Dismuke was one of the top defenders for Dominguez High and also played a key role in the return game.
Dismuke was ranked as the No. 4 safety in the country by ESPN, the 14th-best prospect in California and the No. 133 overall prospect in the ESPN300. He was also ranked among the top 20 safeties in the country by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports, which ranked him as the No. 247 overall prospect in the United States, while Scout.com had him No. 254 overall.
Dismuke only visited Nebraska, but had dozens of offers including Arizona State, California, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Utah and Washington State.
Marquel is the son of Nicole Samuel, and he was born on March 10, 1998. He is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. Dismuke has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.