UT Vols' Dontavis Sapp set to seize opportunities

photo University of Tennessee linebacker Greg King strips the ball from fellow linebacker Dontavis Sapp (41) during recent drills at Haslam Field. Sapp has been a fixture on special teams and this year is expected to move into a starting role on defense.

KNOXVILLE - Dontavis Sapp just laughed and shrugged his shoulders.

Asked about his value to Tennessee’s football team, the senior wasn’t sure what to say.

After three seasons as a special-teams ace and backup linebacker, Sapp simply is trying to seize an opportunity he’s waited for his entire career.

“I just go out there and try to perform, no matter what I’m doing,” he said after the Volunteers’ practice Monday afternoon.