53 - John Sasson
|High School:||Fox Chapel|
2011 (Senior) | Game-By-Game Stats
Played in nine games and started the first three of year at middle linebacker...credited with 35 total tackles, including 19 solo stops...had a season-high 11 in the opener at Michigan State...had four solos and seven assists against the Spartans...had six stops, including five solos against Valparaiso...had five tackles at Indiana State...finished with against South Dakota State, Illinois State, Western Illinois and Saint Francis (Pa.)...recovered a fumble vs. Western Illinois...was a team captain...earned his fourth letter.
2010 (Junior) | Game-By-Game Stats
Honorable-Mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection...started all 11 games at middle linebacker…posted a team-high 89 tackles, including 44 solos…had four quarterback hurries, two tackles for losses, two pass breakups and a forced fumble…recorded 67 tackles on rushing plays...posted season-high 10 tackles against Butler and South Dakota State…had six solos and four assists against the Bulldogs and two solos and eight assists versus the Jackrabbits...had at least six tackles in every game and at least seven in 10…had six solos against Butler, UNI and Indiana State…in MVFC play, had 64 tackles in league play...recorded eight tackles in win over Central Connecticut State...also had eight against North Dakota State and Illinois State...had seven at Penn State (5-2), at Western Illinois (0-7) and Indiana State (6-1)...finished with six against nationally-ranked Southern Illinois...recovered a fumble at Missouri State and had a forced fumble against the Sycamores...had pass breakups against Butler and Central Connecticut State...had team's Hit of the Game vs. UNI and Indiana State...earned his third letter.
2009 (Sophomore) | Game-By-Game Stats
Played in 10 games, starting four contests...started against Missouri State, Western Illinois, Southern Illinois and South Dakota State...credited with 50 tackles, featuring 24 solos and 26 assisted stops...had three tackles for losses...finished with nine tackles on two occasions -- against South Dakota State and UNI...had four solos against the Jackrabbits...credited with eight assists versus the Panthers...had eight tackles, including five solo stops versus Missouri State...had six collars (four solos and two assists) at Southern Illinois...also had six tackles (three and three) at North Dakota State...finished with four stops (two and two) in return to hometown against Pittsburgh...had three tackles (two solos and an assist) against Western Illinois and Austin Peay...had two tackles at Indiana State...had TFLs against MSU, WIU and Indiana State...played 59 snaps on special teams...on defense, credited with 275 snaps played...had a high of 44 against South Dakota State...also played 40 at UNI...did not play against Illinois State...named the HBK Defensive Player of the Game versus South Dakota State...named Jermaine Hopkins Defensive Lineman of the Game versus Southern Illinois...selected as the Haines Family Player of the Game versus South Dakota State...earned his second letter.
2008 (R-Freshman) | Game-By-Game Stats
Played in 10 games, starting three...started against Central State, Southern Utah and Missouri State...credited with 40 total tackles, including 15 solo stops...forced two fumbles, had two quarterback hurries...had two tackles for losses...finished with a season-best six tackles at Western Illinois...forced a fumble against the Leathernecks...had five stops at South Dakota State and Central State...forced a fumble versus the Marauders...had four tackles against Ohio State, Southern Utah, Southern Illinois, UNI and Indiana State...posted three solos against the Buckeyes and Sycamores...had two stops at Missouri State...credited with 280 snaps played by the defensive coaching staff...earned his first letter.
2007 (Freshman): Redshirted...scout team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Slippery Rock...scout team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. South Dakota State.
High School: As a senior was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's North Fabulous 22 squad...first-team All-Quad Southwest and All-Big East Conference selection...also played offensive line...as a junior, was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection...named Foxes' Defensive MVP and team captain every game...piled up 121 total tackles, including 21 for losses and seven sacks...had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown...had three fumble recoveries...named team's Defensive Player of the Week 10 times...also played center and guard on offense...as a sophomore, was a second-team all-league pick playing fullback and middle linebacker...coach was Bryan Deal.
Personal: Parents are Katie and Robert Sasson...has three brothers and four sisters....brothers Mike (Connecticut) and Tim (Indiana, Pa.) both played college football...born August 20, 1988...major is hospitality management...recipient of the 2011-12 Peterson Family Scholarship.