55 - Darryl Tapp Position: Defensive End
Class: Junior
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 265 lbs.
High School: Deep Creek
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
photo         An explosive young performer who is poised to take over a starting role at defensive end ... Has all-star ability ... Plays hard and plays fast ... Was named the Hokies' most valuable defensive player of the spring ... Has dedicated himself to the strength and conditioning program ... Bulked up during the off-season without losing any speed ... Possesses the skills and focus needed to make big plays ... Has made himself an outstanding player through hard work ... Stepped in and played in all 14 games as a true freshman ... Was one of the busiest players on special teams that year, starting on five different units and logging nearly 300 snaps ... Also provided solid depth at the defensive end spot ... Got four starts last season and continued to be a major contributor on special teams ... Is expected to be one of the key figures in Tech's defense ...

2003: Was one of just four returning players to meet all six of his goals in preseason strength and conditioning tests ... Played in every game, starting four ... Was in for more than 400 defensive snaps and over 225 plays on special teams ... Compiled 58 total tackles, including 32 solos ... Posted nine tackles for loss, including three sacks ... Also had 17 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... Had one solo stop, which was for a loss, an assist and a quarterback hurry in the opener against UCF ... Had one solo tackle on special teams ... Had a solo stop, which was for a loss, and five assists on defense against James Madison ... Had a solo tackle, which was a sack, and an assist in the win over Texas A&M ... Played 40 snaps on defense against UConn, registering five solo tackles, one of which was for a loss, an assist and three quarterback hurries ... Got the start at Rutgers and tallied two solo stops, both for a loss, three assists and three quarterback hurries ... Started against Syracuse and posted three solo tackles, two assists, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Had five solo tackles and four assists at West Virginia ... Recorded two solo stops, four assists and three quarterback hurries against Miami ... Had an assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry at Pittsburgh ... Played 36 snaps at Temple, registering three solo stops, including a sack, an assist and a quarterback hurry ... Earned the start against Boston College, playing 59 defensive snaps ... Recorded four solo tackles, including a sack and another one for a loss ... Also had two assists and two quarterback hurries ... Had two solo tackles and two quarterback hurries at Virginia ... Added two tackles in the Insight Bowl ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in both the preseason and spring ... Set a position record for defensive ends with a 660-pound back squat during the spring ... Also had a 415-pound bench press and a 340-pound push jerk ... Was the team's top defensive performer during spring practice ... Had three tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Hokies' second spring scrimmage ... Posted three sacks in the third scrimmage and turned in 2.5 sacks and five tackles in the final scrimmage ... Added another sack during Tech's 2004 Maroon-White game ...

2002: A true freshman who saw his fair share of playing time on both defense and special teams ... Saw action in all 14 games ... Recorded nine solo tackles and 12 assists this season ... Also had three quarterback hurries and a pass broken up ... Played 38 defensive snaps and 23 on special teams in the opener against Arkansas State ... Had three solo stops, two assists and a quarterback hurry in that game ... Had an assisted tackle against LSU ... Played 26 total snaps in that game ... Recorded a solo stop on special teams against Marshall ... Played four snaps on defense and 20 on special teams against the Herd ... Saw limited action on defense at Texas A&M, but played 23 snaps on special teams, recording two assisted tackles ... Played 21 snaps on defense at Western Michigan, recording three tackles and two quarterback hurries ... Also played 21 snaps on special teams in that game ... Was in for 21 plays on special teams in the win at Boston College ... Played three snaps on defense against Rutgers, recording a solo tackle ... Was also in for 23 plays on special teams against the Scarlet Knights ... Played nine plays on defense against Temple, recording an assisted tackle and a pass broken up ... Also had a solo stop and two assists on special teams against the Owls ... Played 25 snaps on special teams against Pittsburgh, recording an assisted tackle ... Saw brief action on defense and 27 plays on special teams at Syracuse ... Recorded a solo tackle on special teams in that game ... Played 16 snaps on special teams against West Virginia ... Scored the game's first touchdown against Virginia, scooping up a blocked punt and returning it 11 yards for the score ... Played 20 plays on special teams in that game ... Had a solo tackle on special teams at Miami ... Recorded an assisted tackle against Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the strength and conditioning program during off-season workouts ... Posted a 380-pound bench press and 530-pound back squat ... Added a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 4.71 time in the forty ... Was in on five tackles and broke up a pass during one spring scrimmage and had quarterback sacks in two others ... Suffered an ankle injury in Tech's last scrimmage, but came back to register a sack in the Maroon-White game ... Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as the team's top defensive hustler in off-season workouts and spring practice ...

High School: Recorded 22 career sacks while helping Deep Creek to a 34-4 record during his three varsity seasons ... Excelled as a defensive end for Coach David Cox ... Earned first-team all-Group AAA honors from the state coaches following the 2001 season ... Was a second-team pick by The Associated Press ... Named first-team All-Southeastern District, All-Tidewater and All-Eastern Region ... Was in on 89 tackles his senior season, including a school-record 15 sacks ... Recovered five fumbles ... Posted three sacks against both Hickory High and Booker T. Washington ... Earned preseason All-America honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Reports ... Selected an All-American and rated the No. 2 defensive lineman in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar following his senior season ... Ranked the No. 38 weak-side end by Rivals ... Rated the No. 14 player in Virginia by SuperPrep and the No. 15 player by The Roanoke Times ... One of just three juniors to start on offense and defense for Deep Creek in 2000 ... Played in all 14 games and posted eight quarterback sacks ... Earned first-team all-district honors ... Helped team to the state championship game as a junior and to a regional championship in 2001 ... Lettered three seasons in basketball ... Also lettered as a weight man in track ...

Personal: Darryl Anthony Tapp ... Born 9/13/84 in Portsmouth, VA ... Son of Charles, Sr., and Ruth Tapp ... Studying marketing.

2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
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