Veteran linebacker who returns for his senior campaign... regarded as a returning starter after making eight starts a season ago at the middle linebacker position, but is listed on the third team entering the fall... provides experienced quality depth... missed all of the spring due to a hernia... has appeared in 33 games over the past three seasons, including a dozen starts... has logged 135 tackles in that stretch.
2007: Stepped in admirably at middle linebacker for Jasper Brinkley after the All-America candidate went down with a knee injury against LSU... totaled 61 tackles, ranking fifth on the squad, including 50 solo stops... his first start of the season came in the win over Mississippi State... responded with a game-high eight tackles, including six solo stops... forced a fumble against Florida.
2006: Played in all 13 contests, starting three times, including each of the first two games... finished second on the team in tackles with 51, behind only Jasper Brinkley... 35 of his 51 tackles were solo stops... had 2.5 tackles for loss, including a sack... credited with seven tackles, including two TFL's and a sack in the season-opening win at Mississippi State... logged a team-high eight tackles against Georgia... had six tackles against Auburn... named the Outstanding Linebacker and Joe Morrison Defensive Player of the Spring at halftime of the spring game.
2005: Worked his way into the second-team unit as a true freshman... did not play in the first three games before taking the redshirt off... finished the season with 23 tackles... made his first career start against Troy in his first collegiate game... responded with five tackles, including four solo stops... had a season-high eight tackles against Auburn.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2005... coached by Adam Geis... recorded 150 tackles and three sacks as a senior, earning first-team all-state honors... was a SuperPrep All-American, the Jacksonville Times Union Defensive Player of the Year and the Northeast Florida Defensive Player of the Year... was a Jacksonville Times Union Super 11 and a Super 24 (North Florida/South Georgia) pick... as a junior, totaled 145 tackles and three interceptions... named to the All-Region, All-Area, All-District and 6A All-State team as a junior and senior... rated the second-best linebacker in the state by the Jacksonville Times Union, the 14th-best linebacker in the country by the insiders.com and the 35th-best player in the state by SuperPrep... on Feb. 1, 2005, he was assigned to cover Media Day at Super Bowl XXXIX for NFLHS.com and SuperBowl.com.
PERSONAL: Marvin K. Sapp Jr. was born Sept. 21, 1986... is pursuing a degree in criminal justice... first cousin is former Clemson QB Patrick Sapp and his second cousin is NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp.