Quality Control • Special Teams
The 2019 season is Darryl Tapp’s first on Derek Mason’s Vanderbilt staff. He serves in a quality control role, assisting Commodore special teams coordinator Devin Fitzsimmons.
Tapp enjoyed a 12-year career in the NFL before entering the collegiate coaching ranks in 2018 at Central Michigan where he served as a Chippewa defensive quality control.
Prior to the experience at Central Michigan, Tapp played for six NFL teams during a career that spanned 2006-17. Tapp’s professional career included 165 appearances where he amassed 329 total tackles, 29 quarterback sacks and 19 passes defended playing defensive end and outside linebacker.
A second-round pick in the 2006 draft, Tapp played four years with the Seattle Seahawks before moving on to enjoy tenures with the Philadelphia Eagles (2010-12), Washington Redskins (2013), Detroit Lions (2014-15), New Orleans Saints (2016) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017).
In 2015, Tapp was the Mike Utley Spirit Award recipient, an honor presented annually by the Detroit Lions to the player who exhibits tremendous spirit, desire, dedication and work ethic.
At the conclusion of his NFL playing career, Tapp also served a brief coaching consultant internship with the New Orleans Saints.
Tapp is one of the most heralded defensive players in Virginia Tech history, earning induction to the Hokies’ sports hall of fame in 2019. A native of Deep Creek, Virginia, Tapp was a disruptive force at Tech from 2002-05, becoming an All-ACC defensive end as a junior and All-America as a senior. He also helped the Hokies to their first ACC championship in 2004.
Tapp graduated from Virginia Tech in December 2005, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Tapp and his wife Tiffany are the parents of two children, Taylor and Darryl II (Deuce).