Signed to Seattle's practice squad on November 20, 2019.
04/29/17: Drafted by San Francisco (6th round, 202nd)
09/01/18: Released by San Francisco
12/06/18: Signed by San Francisco as FA
05/28/19: Released by San Francisco
05/29/19: Claimed off waivers by Arizona
09/01/19: Placed on injured reserve (hamstring)
09/10/19: Waived/injury settlement
11/20/19: Signed to Seattle's PS
NFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Has played in six games, recording three tackles, during his time in San Francisco (2017-18).
COLLEGE: Appeared in 46 games during his four-year career at Utah where he recorded 73 tackles, 25.5 TFLs, 21.0 sacks, 4 FFs and 1 FR. As a senior in 2016, appeared in 13 games (six starts) and registered 41 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 12.0 TFLs while earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors. As a junior in 2015, played in all 13 games where he registered 9 tackles, 6.0 sacks and 1 FF. In 2014, he appeared in all 13 games (one start) and finished with 17 tackles and ranked third on the team with 5.5 sacks. In his freshman season of 2013, played in seven games and registered 6 tackles and 1.0 sack.
PERSONAL: Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior at Timpview High in 2012. Was a USA Today All-Utah Football Team selection after finishing with 25.0 sacks, tying the third-highest single-season total in state history. Taumoepenu grew up with his mother’s family about 3,000 miles east of Australia on the island of Tongatapu, which is the main is-land in the Tongan archipelago. He learned to develop his work ethic on his grandparents farm, where he helped grow pineapples and watermelons. Born in Euless, Texas, Taumoepenu was just three months old when his grandparents, Pita and Meleseini Taumoepenu, took him and his older sister, Ruth Tuha, to live in Tonga. Not knowing what football was at the time, he remembered listening to his grandfather tell him how he was going to become an NFL player. When he was 17, he moved to Utah where he lived with an aunt and attended Timpview High. At that time, his cousins persuaded him to try the game his grandfather loved. “My coach just told me to go get the quarterback,” Taumoepenu said in 2015. “That’s all I cared about. That’s all I do, and it was fun.” After moving in with his aunt in Provo, Taumoepenu worked to develop his English. He increased his ACT score from an 18 when he first arrived in the United States to a 28 just one year later. Taumoepenu’s dedication and hard work continued to pay off, completing degrees in economics and sociology in three years at Utah.