Seeing No. 50 line up conjures up memories of such K-State linebacking greats as Tre Walker. Not so much a taller defensive end like Tyrone Taleni. | Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
In which BracketCat counts down the 50th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Tyrone Taleni.
Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.
#50 Tyrone Taleni
True Sophomore | 6-3 | 245 lbs. | Savai’i, Samoa
- Position: Defensive End
- Previous College: Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Tyrone Taleni (b. June 10, 1996) is a Samoan native, defensive end prospect and late signee out of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. He enrolled early for spring practices.
Taleni played the 2019 season for the Mounties under head coach Bob Jastrab. It does not appear that he used a redshirt season, so he should have four years to play three seasons.
Taleni tallied 26 tackles, six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season, carding a season-high five tackles against Long Beach before totaling a season-best two tackles for loss against Chaffey. His full sacks came against Bakersfield, East Los Angeles and Riverside.
Taleni also broke up a pass against Palomar. He signed with K-State in February over offers from Dixie State, Hawai’i, Houston Baptist, Robert Morris, UTEP and Western Illinois, as well as interest from Utah State and Washington State.
Unsurprisingly, his lead recruiter was defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo.