At halftime in the Georgia-Michigan CFP game, former University of Washington defensive tackle Taki Taimani posted a photo of himself on social media Friday wearing a green Oregon Ducks uniform.
No words, just a picture.
The 6-foot-2, 330-pound junior from Salt Lake City stood in the middle of Autzen Stadium, looking skyward.
Understandably, the reaction to Taimani’s implicit portal transfer to the Huskies’ most hated rival has been swift and brutal.
“Never come back to Seattle man,” a UW fan warned in a response on Twitter.
âYou are literally Judas if you make this move,â said another during a social media post.
If that is indeed the case, as Taimani will spend his last two seasons playing for the Ducks, he only needed 15 days to find a new football schedule once he announced he was dropping out of the Huskies. after a disastrous 4-8 season that really took a bad turn … against Oregon.
On that torturous day in early November, UW coach Jimmy Lake was spotted during the game pushing one of Taimani’s teammates, reserve linebacker and special team Ruperake Fuavai, to the sidelines. a misstep that led to Lake’s suspension and ultimately his dismissal.
In the 26-16, Taimani was a Husky starter up front and finished with 4 tackles as the Ducks ran over him and his fellow defensemen for 329 rushing yards.
Weeks earlier, Taimani had spoken to the Seattle media about upholding UW’s tradition of defensive line excellence, but that never happened. The team have lost their last four games.
Taimani was one of many Huskies who did not perform well as the program had its first losing season in a dozen years. He is one of six scholarship players who have left the team since Kalen DeBoer was hired as the new head coach.
If Taimani is a duck, as he suggests, he will join new defensive linemen Ben Roberts, who played at his high school in Utah, and Sir Mells, from suburban Las Vegas in competing for his post. These two recruits first made a commitment to the UW before canceling their engagements and turning to Oregon.
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