Sapp: "I'm Ready to Play Baby"

CLEMSON – CUTigers.com recently caught up with freshman defensive end Ricky Sapp to discuss his summer, he physical prowess and his new life in the world of college football. "Things are going good. It's definitely a big change from high school to be on the college level," he said.

You've been at Clemson for a couple of days now, is there anything different than what you thought it would be?
Sapp: Things are going good. It's definitely a big change from high school to be on the college level. It's kind of tiresome, but I've got to do what I've got to do. I've got to work hard and I can't give up.

How much do you weigh right now and what would you like to get up to?
Sapp: I'm about 227. I would love to be at 235 at camp. I'm working hard real hard to get there. I'm eating all the time.

Aaron Kelly said he eats six full meals a day. How many do you eat?
Sapp: I eat about five meals a day. The weight is coming slowly, but surely.

How's your strength? Is it where you want it to be?
Sapp: Definitely. My strength has really been good, especially for my size. But I'll get a little stronger before the season."

Members of the coaching staff expect you to come in and play right away. Is it a little intimidating for an 18-year-old knowing in the second game of the season you have to go against that big offensive line at Boston College and then play at Florida State the next week?
Sapp: I'm never scared. I love to play against good competition and it's definitely going to be a challenge. I just trust in the coaches to get me ready. I'm ready to play, baby.

If you had to guess, how much playing time do you think you'll get this year?
Sapp: Maybe 15 snaps a game, if I had to guess.

I know you've been running drills and hitting the weights, what else have you been doing?
Sapp: I've been studying a little of the film and trying to learn the plays. I've been doing a little bit of drills like dropping into coverage. I'm just trying to learn the plays in the playbook.



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