Top 100 Prospect – DT Alameda Ta’amu

Back in the fall of 2010 the University of Washington faced Nebraska twice. The first meeting came in September when the Cornhuskers blew away the Huskies 56-21 in Seattle.

The second time came in December, when the teams met in San Diego’s Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. This time, it was Washington picking up a 19-7 victory.

One of the key components of that turnaround for UW was DT Alameda Ta’amu. In the Holiday Bowl, the then junior from suburban Seattle had a sack, a fumble return of 14 yards and he caused a holding call in the end zone that led to a safety call against Nebraska. Ta’amu just created havoc in the middle of that Nebraska offense. He was inspired by his and the poor performance from the Washington defense in the first game.

“They ran for almost 300 yards up the middle, and that’s my gap,” Ta’amu said of the first meeting with Nebraska. The Cornhuskers had 383 rushing yards in that game. “I sat down and watched the game, and I was trying to do other people’s jobs. When I’d go to (a teammate’s) gap, my gap was wide open, it was (Nebraska QB Taylor) Martinez up the middle, (Nebraska RB Roy) Helu up the middle.

“The Holiday Bowl was more like revenge. I’m not that player. I’m a different player.” Here’s more of the story on the big Samoan from Seattle.

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