Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
Sophomore Marquel Dismuke gained valuable playing experience in the Nebraska secondary in 2017, and is set to compete for a bigger role this fall. The 6-2, 200-pound Dismuke has shown the versatility to line up at multiple positions and spent the spring working at safety.
Dismuke played in all 12 games last season, making one start at safety. He was on the Huskers’ kick coverage units and is likely to again be a key member of the special teams this season.
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 and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in his first semester on campus. Dismuke has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.