Clapp retires; Utah lineman chooses Warriors

February 1st, 2013
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Receiver Justin Clapp has accepted a medical retirement, head coach Norm Chow confirmed.

Clapp, who missed most of the 2012 season following knee surgery, will remain on scholarship and serve as a student assistant coach working with the receivers. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in December.

Clapp will be missed for his grit and wit. He gave his all — including a lung, a couple of ribs and knee ligaments — to the Warriors.

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Defensive end Pita Taumoepenu of Utah's Timpview High has decided to accept a scholarship offer from the Warriors. But he will wait until after serving a two-year church mission before joining the Warriors in 2015.

Taumoepenu had an astonishing 25 sacks (in 14 games) to help lead the Thunderbirds to the 4A championship, their fifth in seven years.

Taumoepenu, who is 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds, had four sacks in the title game.

He was born and raised in Tonga, and has played organized football for only two years.

Here are the highlights: Taumoepenu video.

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Trevor Davis:

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Cecil Doe:

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Josh Long:

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Sean Schroeder:

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Taylor Graham:

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Ikaika Woolsey:

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