Taulapapa emerging in Virginia crowded background | Cavalier Insider

For the past two years, Jordan Ellis has been back with a well-known jumper No. 1 Virginia, honored by the staff and reserved for the player who earned the respect of the locker room.

Ellis was not flashy. He did not dart through the defense of long tracks between landings and the waiters would not bait with knee cuts. It was steady, and said Virginia Atuaia coaches were running that his presence can still be considered because the Cavaliers continue to practice the spring.

“Especially in PK [Kier], about how he goes about his business and coming out on the field and taking care of any case I want. That's Jordan Ellis, ”said Atuaia.

In terms of its current north-south physical and stylistic style, Kier (6-0, 230) is the roster of Ellis's most similar roster. It is expected that it will be split early in this season with Lamont Atkins and Chris Sharp, with a full-back Peacock Jamari on the way. But a new player has emerged in the race to give Ellis shophomore, Wayne Taulapapa.

Taulapapa was seen in seven games last season, each of them on special teams, but Honolulu, Hawaii, spent most of the year playing up after losing a spring ball while finishing his two-year LDS missions. to Managua, Nicaragua.

Now and a total number of season exercises and spring exercises under its belt, it is beginning to settle.

“It's a big move, and there are lots of plays to learn,” said Taulapapa. “I want to work every day to be safe and to find our identity and identity.”

Taulapapa looks over the 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds he listed, and showed an insight into what made him a 3,000-yard ruler during his career at Punahou Conservatory.

“At the moment, he's swimming and trying to learn, but I think the de-workings are there,” said Atuaia.

The head of Virginia's coach Bronco Mendenhall said Taulapapa's greatest consistency to date.

“We have three things that we talk about here, about durability and consistency and they were produced. Each of these three, and what he has done, ”said Mendenhall. “It works every day, it's here every day and is producing every day, more now than its competitors.”

In particular the Mendenhall team, where roles are earned and can change from week to week, it is far too early to speculate on how many of the Taulapapa in 2019 will be on special teams or on offense. At the moment, he is just applying for him and trying to remove what he can from the rest of the run on the roster, and most have a two-year start.

“It is very important for me to learn all roles and take everything from each,” said Taulapapa. “They are there every day to correct me and push me to be better in all aspects.”

Ron University Virginia Athletics Counts covers for Progress Progress Contact him at rcounts@dailyprogress.com, (434) 978-7245, or on Twitter @Ron_CDPsports.

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