South Bend native Daniel Smith embraces opportunity of being a member of the Fighting Irish program
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish reserve safety in 2000 . . . saw time defensively in first 10 games of season . . . had two tackles vs. Texas A&M and led team with 22 special teams appearances . . . made five tackles vs. Nebraska and West Virginia. . . registered four tackles against Purdue, Stanford and Air Force . . . made first career start and had career-high eight tackles including one for loss vs. Boston College . . . missed USC game with ankle sprain . . . second on team with 209 regular-season special teams appearances, then added 13 more vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . made two tackles in reserve effort vs. Oregon State.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 12 games in '99 to earn a monogram as reserve free safety . . . played key role on Irish special teams, making 164 special team appearances . . . intercepted a pass vs. Michigan State . . . made four tackles vs. Arizona State, three vs. Navy . . . played in secondary vs. Kansas, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Stanford.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade prep All-American . . .USA Today first-team All-America defensive back . . . rated 15th on Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 national players . . . listed by both Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News as one of top 100 national prospects. . . rated sixth nationally on lists of top 100 national prospects by ESPN.com and The Sporting News . . . rated one of top 30 prospects nationally by Football News . . . rated top player in Texas by Austin American-Statesman . . . rated one of top 25 national prospects by Palm Beach Post . . . an honorable mention pick by Orlando Sentinel on its All-Southern team . . . had 112 tackles as senior in '98, to go with four caused fumbles and three recoveries at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas . . . intercepted five passes as senior, returning two for touchdowns . . . caught three passes for 62 yards in '98 as part-time receiver and returned one punt for a score . . . earned three letters in football, playing at free safety spot . . . three-time all-league pick who helped team to three consecutive conference titles . . . captain of team as senior . . . made 107 tackles and intercepted six passes as junior in '97 . . . career statistics included 315 tackles, 12 interceptions, 15 pass deflections, 12 caused fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries . . . three-year starter for Redskins . . . named to USA Today Super 25 preseason team for '98 . . . chosen for California-Texas all-star game . . . won four letters as sprinter in track . . . runs 400 meters in track and helped team to state finals in 4x400 relay as junior . . . attended Notre Dame summer football camp . . . brother Charles is senior running back at Colorado State . . . full name is Gerome Daren Sapp . . . youngest of three children . . . born 2-8-81 in Houston . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.