- Joe Happe
Joe  Happe


Canton, Ga.

High School:
Cherokee HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 260

Defensive Line



After seeing first action of UAB career in 2006 -- mainly on special teams -- Happe has seen significant action last two seasons with 14 starts during that time ... has recorded 11.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons ... again expected to play vital role on defensive front for Blazers.

2008: Played in all 12 contests last season, starting the first three games ... finished season with 15 tackles, including 11 solo hits ... also contributed four tackles for loss for minus 17 yards to rank fourth on the team in that category ... had pair of tackles for loss against Tulsa, one against Alabama State and one vs. Southern Miss ... registered one sack (-9 yards) in season-opening game vs. Tulsa ... season-high four tackles against Tulsa with two each in games against Alabama State and East Carolina.

2007: Saw action in all 12 games for the Blazers at defensive end, starting 11 contests ... recorded 30 tackles, including 15 solo hits ... registered 7.5 tackles for loss for 16 yards ... also had a sack in win over Tulane ... recorded a season and career-high six tackles against the Green Wave ... had five tackles in season opener at Michigan State ... four tackles in road contest at East Carolina.

2006: Saw his first playing time of UAB career last fall, primarily on special teams ... provided depth to defensive line.

2005: Was redshirted for season and did not see action.

High School: Played at Cherokee High School in Canton, Ga. ... a team captain and defensive MVP his senior season ... a two-time, all-county and all-region player ... led his team to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals in 2003 & 2004 ... team finished 9-4 his senior season and 10-3 his junior campaign ... played several positions on both sides of the ball through his sophomore year ... landed at to DL for good his junior year. ... played DT as a junior and posted 68 tackles and 11 sacks ... in his final season at Cherokee, Happe moved to DE where he posted 101 tackles and nine sacks ... also was a three-year track and field letterman where he competed in the triple jump, shot put and discus ... played for Brian Dameron at Cherokee.

Personal: Born March 12, 1987 at Athens, Ga. ... son of Lisa and Joe Happe ... father, Joe, Sr., was the starting center on Georgia's 1980 national championship team and an All-SEC performer in 1981 when the Bulldogs finished the year ranked No. 5 nationally ... major is history.