First-year starter who played a prominent role as a pass rusher over his final three seasons. Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 in 2016 after making 41 tackles (12 for loss) with nine sacks and three forced fumbles. Combined for 11.5 sacks the prior two seasons.
College defensive end who projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Athletic, can bend off the edge or immediately alter his angle of attack. Possesses tremendous first-step quickness and plays relentless football. Loses no momentum changing direction, has a closing burst and sells out to make plays. Displays good lateral speed and excellent range and has terrific quickness. Displays a nice inside move and the ability to redirect to the action.
Possesses poor size and average growth potential. Primarily made plays up the field at Utah and is undeveloped in coverage.
Taumoepenu is an intense pass rusher who made a lot of plays up the field, consistently disrupting the action on the college level. He must stand out on special teams this summer but offers possibilities as a third-down specialist at the next level.