Utah State: A two-year starter in the middle of the Aggie defensive line.
2001 (So.): Started all 11 games in the interior part of the line... Was credited with 15 tackles... Recorded two tackles for loss, including one sack... Had an interception against Connecticut, becoming the first defensive lineman with a pickoff since Ben Crosland in 1997... Blocked a field goal attempt against Utah... Best statistical games were three-tackle performances against Utah and Fresno State.
2000 (Fr.): Started eight games at defensive tackle in his freshman year... Was the third-leading tackler among USUís defensive linemen with 36 stops... Also had 10 tackles for loss, including three sacks... Was credited with nine tackles agianst Idaho and then had eight the next week against Arkansas State.
1999 (RS): Redshirted his first year at USU.
High School: Was all-league, all-county, all-region and all-CIF selection as a senior... Started three years as a defensive tackle and offensive lineman... Also wrestled and competed in track.
Personal: Born July 26, 1981 in Oxnard, Calif... Wants to major in criminal justice and become a probation officer... Hobbies include wrestling, track, model cars and spending time with friends... Was a two-time honor student with a grade point average of 3.5. Last name is pronounced Tap-E-uh.
Year G/GS UT AT Total TFL Sacks INT 2000 9/8 19 17 36 10-29 3-11 0-0 2001 11/11 6 9 15 2-10 1-9 1-20 Totals 20/19 25 26 51 12-39 4-20 1-20