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.