Will back up junior Justin Tuck and sophomore Chris Frome at the defensive end position for the Irish in ?03 after serving in the same capacity last season ? originally arrived as an outside linebacker but switched to end in spring of ?00 ? has had difficulty recovering from a knee injury suffered during his freshman season ? will be mostly a special team player in ?03.
AS A JUNIOR: Reserve defensive end for Irish in 2002 ? played mostly on special teams ? made 12 special teams appearances ? recorded first career tackle vs. Maryland ... played 6:48 seconds on season, including 6:23 vs. Rutgers.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not see action at defensive end in ?01.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not play in 2000 after suffering a knee injury in preseason drills.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Honorable mention selection on USA Today prep All-America team ? earned three letters in football as defensive end and tight end at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, Conn. ? first-team Connecticut all-state pick as a senior in ?99 after helping Notre Dame to 5-5 record ? selected as defensive lineman to all-Courant high school team for ?99 by Hartford Courant ? made 92 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions as linebacker in ?99 ? captain of team as senior ? two-time all-conference selection ? caught 28 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns as tight end during senior campaign ? selected for Nutmeg Bowl county all-star game ? earned three letters in basketball, captaining 19-4 team as senior ? started at center as senior, averaging eight points and 11 rebounds ? won four letters in track, captaining team as both junior and senior while competing in shot put ? second cousin of Tampa Bay Bucs standout Warren Sapp, a former Miami Hurricane star ? full name is Jason Tarrell Sapp ? born June 11, 1982 in Bridgeport, Conn. ? enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology and sociology.