Texas Football: 3 freshmen poised to breakout in the Alamo Bowl

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J’Mond Tapp
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J’Mond Tapp, EDGE

Since Joseph Ossai left Austin after the 2020 season, Texas has been looking for a game-changing pass rusher. While Notre Dame transfer Ovie Oghoufo had his fair share of bright spots, he was not the solution at EDGE Texas was looking for.

Ascension Catholic (LA) product J’Mond Tapp has a great chance to prove why he was one of the highest-rated EDGE products in the class of 2022.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 241 pounds, Tapp is a mountain of a man who combines excellent size with burst and ‘phone booth’ strength. He is the perfect matchup against a Washington offensive line that is a bit undersized at the tackle positions. Having practiced against Kelvin Banks, Christian Jones, and Cam Williams while learning from Bo Davis for an entire season, I expect Tapp to be a much more polished pass rusher than what we saw in September.

He played just 26 defensive snaps during the regular season, but reports out of Texas bowl practice say that Tapphas been one of the underclassmen standouts in San Antonio. I expect the coaching staff to give him a fair shot at proving himself in game action on Thursday night.