UW Adds Nixon, Taulapapa To 2022 Football Roster
The Washington football team has received signed financial aid agreements from two incoming transfer student-athletes –Will Nixon and Wayne Taulapapa – who will each join the team this summer for the start of fall training camp.
Nixon, a running back/wide receiver, comes to the UW after having spent two seasons at Nebraska while Taulapapa spent four seasons at Virginia. Nixon will have four years of remaining eligibility while Taulapapa is a graduate transfer, who will have one season to play.
Taulapapa, a running back, attended Punahou School in Hawai'i before taking a two-year church mission in Nicaragua, and then enrolled at Virginia ahead of the 2018 season. Over his four years in Charlottesville, he played in 40 games, starting 27 of them. He rushed for a total of 1,192 yards and 19 touchdowns on 266 career carries, while also catching 28 passes for 150 yards and a score.
In 2021, Taulapapa served as one of the Cavaliers' four team captains.
At Punahou, he rushed for 3,279 yards and 52 touchdowns as a three-year starter for Coach Kale Ane. He was a Honolulu Star-Advertiser first-team all-state selection as a senior in 2015. As a junior in 2014, he helped lead the Buffanblu to the state title game, where he rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries in a loss to Mililani.
Nixon attended Midway High in Waco, Texas, before signing with the Cornhuskiers as a wide receiver. He suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of the 2020 season and didn't play. In 2021, he appeared in three games and caught one pass, but preserved a year of eligibility by not playing in more than four games.
At Midway, he played both wide receiver and running back. As a senior in 2019, he compiled 2,087 yards from scrimmage, along with 29 total touchdowns, rushing for 1,837 and 27 scores, earning district MVP honors.
Will's father, Jeff Nixon, played college football at both West Virginia and Penn State, has coached at a number of colleges and NFL teams, and is currently running backs coach for the Charlotte Panthers.