Washington loses key defensive starter to transfer portal, per report
First-year Washington coach Kalen DeBoer lost a key piece of his defensive line Thursday.
According to a report from The Seattle Times’ Mike Vorel, 4th-year defensive lineman Sam Taimani has put his name into the transfer portal.
UW starting defensive lineman Sam "Taki" Taimani has entered the transfer portal, he confirmed to The Times. Significant loss there.
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) December 16, 2021
Taimani led all Husky defensive lineman in tackles this season with 43 stops.
Though the Huskies have a number of options to turn to on the defensive line, few have the kind of experience the 6-foot-2, 330-pound Utah native brings to the table. Taimani has appeared in 28 of Washington’s last 29 games.
After a redshirt year in 2018, he played in every game as a sophomore, each of UW’s 4 2020 games and then made 10 starts this season. He missed only the Arizona game with an injury.
Taimani was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school and held offers to numerous Power 5 programs.