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Joe Sampson Athlete Profile

#1 Joe Sampson

Position: Defensive Back Height: 5-10 Weight: 203 Roster Years: 2011-2012 Hometown: Oakland, CA Last School: College of San Mateo

Before BYU

  • Led the San Mateo Bulldogs with 72 tackles, 13 pass breakups and two interceptions in 2009

  • Helped San Mateo win the Northern California championship and finish runners-up in the California Community College state championship

  • Known for his combination of strength and speed, enabling him to play either cornerback or safety

  • Coached by Bret Pollack


  • Also recruited by Utah, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State

  • Also played at Foothill college with cousin and former BYU defensive back Brian Logan


2011 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Played cornerback and safety in nickel package situations
  • Recorded 23 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery, three pass breakups and two quarterback hurries
  • Had 3 tackles and one sack against UCF and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to help seal BYU's 24-17 victory
  • Against Hawai'i had 3 tackles and recovered a fumble and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown

2012 | Senior Year

  • Played in first nine games, starting eight
  • Recorded 33 tackles
  • Had one tackle for loss, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry
  • Season-best five tackles at Boise State