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The Final Cockdown: #26 Jasper Sasser

The Jacksonville native looks to break through for the Gamecocks secondary in 2016.

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Jasper Sasser

RS Junior
Safety
6-0 / 204
Jacksonville, FL

Recruitment

A consensus three-star prospect out of Florida, Sasser turned down offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, NC State and Stanford amongst a few others to come to Columbia.

He was recruited as an ATH who played four different positions in high school including wideout, running back, quarterback and defensive back.

He went to South Carolina to pursue a career as a safety/defensive back.

College Career

Most of Sasser’s playing time as a Gamecock thus far has come on special teams, seeing his services diminish from his first to second year.

His most famous highlight came during the Florida game in 2014 when he recovered the blocked punt that got his now head coach Will Muschamp fired.

While his on-field experience may be limited, he is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2016 Outlook

Going into his fourth year on campus, and with two active seasons under his belt, Sasser is one of the more experienced defensive backs on a unit that has struggled the past couple of years.

In all likelihood, given the unit doesn’t suffer any major injuries during fall camp, Sasser will back up senior Jordan Diggs at safety, but does have a chance to get some reps in the rotation.