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Steelers’ Ta’amu has kept pounds off


Wed, 09 May 2012 17:23:06
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Hoke Says It Could Take A Year Or Two For Ta’amu To Play In Steelers Scheme


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Chris Hoke may have retired this offseason, but he stays active in the media and he joined 93.7 The Fan Thursday morning for an interview. Hoke, who backed up Casey Hampton at nose tackle for  the Pittsburgh Steelers for over a decade, was asked about fourth round draft pick Alameda Ta'amu. Hoke said, "I tell you what, he's going to be a good football player, I don't know if hell be ready to go right away playing the nose tackle, maybe doing some situational things next season, but this guy is going to be a good football player for a lot of years here."

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Steelers’ Ta’amu has kept pounds off


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Alameda Ta’amu becomes first Steelers draft pick to sign

The Steelers got the final day of their rookie minicamp off to a good start by announcing their first contract with a member of the 2012 draft class. Nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu, a fourth-round pick, has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the team. The Steelers traded up to select Ta’amu with the…

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Steelers Sign 4th Round Pick Alameda Ta’amu

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Call him The Coliseum.

Alameda Ta'amu signed a four-year rookie contract with the Steelers, the team reported Sunday. His size inspires the nickname - a play off Oakland's Alameda County Coliseum - but his ability led the Steelers to trade up with Washington in the fourth round to take the Washington Huskies product.

Ta'amu will compete with third-year man Steve McLendon for playing time this season, as both of them will look to fill in for Steelers NT Casey Hampton, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the playoffs.

Nose tackle was a position of need for the Steelers in the 2012 NFL Draft, and moved up nicely to grab Ta'amu, a 345-pound run-stuffer who projects to play at the zero technique for Pittsburgh.

Ta'amu is a project kind of player but has big upside. Learning under defensive line coach Johnny Mitchell, Ta'amu could compete for a starting position by his second year.




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Steelers Sign 4th Round Draft Pick Alemeda Ta’amu

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their first member of the 2012 draft class under contract now as fourth round pick Alemeda Ta'amu has signed his four year contract. All draft picks must sign four year deals according to the new CBA. Prior to the new CBA being reached last year, the Steelers had previously made a habit of signing players drafted from the third round and on to three year deals.

With nine draft picks in 2012, the Steelers were assigned A $ 5.13 million 2012 rookie pool number to get all of their rookies signed within. The total value of the contracts for the rookies can't exceed $ 28.25 Read more [...]

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Alameda Ta’amu – Rookie Mini-Camp

Fourth round draft pick and rookie nose tackle, Alameda Ta'amu (Pick 14 (109)) addresses the media after practice.

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Steelers select Alameda Ta’amu in fourth round

 2012 NFL DRAFT - Steelers Third Round SelectionALAMEDA TA’AMUDefensive TackleUniversity of Washington Huskies6:02.4-348Kent, WashingtonRainier Beach High School4th Round – 109 OverallCAREER NOTESS...

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David DeCastro, Alameda Ta’amu Fast, Powerful Friends Long Before Being Drafted By Pittsburgh

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There are many reasons why rookies in the NFL may struggle in adapting to the pro version of the game. One of which is a lack of familiarity of the people with whom they're doing battle on the field.

Steelers first round pick, OG David DeCastro and fourth round pick, NT Alameda Ta'amu, may not have to worry about that as much. They have a history of competing against each other dating back to high school.

DeCastro and Ta'amu both attended high school in the Seattle area (DeCastro at Bellevue High School and Ta'amu from Rainier Beach), and were roommates together at a high school all-star football game in California back in 2007.

When the two made their college choices, DeCastro elected to attend Stanford due to its sterling academic reputation. Ta'amu stayed in-state, and played four years for the hometown Huskies.

The two squared off In 2009-11, with Stanford thrashing the Huskies all three times. The Cardinal rushed for 446 yards in their final meeting, a 65-21 thrashing of the visiting Huskies.

Per a Seattle Times article leading up to the game, the two appear to be respectful of each other, and still maintain a level of friendliness.

Of Ta'amu:

Whatever happens, Ta'amu says he'll warmly shake DeCastro's hand afterward. "That's my boy right there," he said this week.

And DeCastro:

"He's a great guy," DeCastro said of Ta'amu.

The familiarity they share with each other will serve them well as they compete against each other, hopefully for the Steelers, for a very long time.



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