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Taywan Taylor
WR #13
Height:
5-11
Weight:
203
Age:
22
College:
Western Kentucky
Hometown:
Louisville, KY
Experience:
R

Biography

2016 Team Captain
2017 Reese's Senior Bowl
2017 NFL Scouting Combine
2016 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
2016 First Team All‐Conference USA
2016 Preseason All‐Conference USA
2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
2016 Maxwell Award Watch List
2016 Preseason All‐C‐USA First Team (Athlon)
2015 First Team All‐Conference USA
2015 First Team All‐Conference USA (Phil Steele)
2015 ProFootballFocus.com Second Team All‐American
2015 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
2014 C‐USA Third Team (Phil Steele)
2014 C‐USA Honorable Mention
Career Game Highs:
Receptions ‐ 12, twice (Last at Middle Tennessee, 10/15/16)
Yards ‐ 197 at Middle Tennessee (10/15/16)
Touchdowns ‐ 3, three times (Last vs. North Texas, 11/12/16)

2016 (Senior):
After posting the best single season by a receiver in school history as
a junior, Taylor more than lived up for the encore, breaking his own single‐season
records for receptions and receiving yards in his final season on The Hill. Taylor
finished his senior season with a record 98 receptions for a record 1,730 yards and
17 touchdowns, tying his own record for touchdown catches in a season. Taylor
posted nine games with 100‐yards receiving, second‐most nationally, while his 11
games of catching at least one touchdown pass led the nation. Taylor's 1,730
receiving yards ranked No. 3 nationally and his 98 receptions were fifth‐most. He
wasn't just a volume receiver, however, as his 17.6 yard per catch average was the
highest in the nation among receivers with at least 75 catches and his 978 yards on
deep passes also led the nation. He concluded his WKU career by holding every major
career and season receiving record on The Hill. Following the season, Taylor
attended the Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine with teammate Forrest
Lamp, becoming the first WKU wide receiver in program history to attend both events
and marking the second consecutive year for the program to send a pair of players
to the combine.

2015 (Junior):
Taylor had the single greatest season by a wide receiver in Hilltopper
Football history in 2015, becoming just the second 1,000‐yard receiver in program
history and setting single‐season records for receiving yards (1,467), receptions
(86) and touchdown catches (17) while also setting the career record for receiving
yards (2,504), 100‐yard receiving games (9) and touchdown catches (24). Taylor's
1,467 yards are the second‐most in C‐USA history while his 17 touchdown receptions
are fourth‐most. He was a consensus All‐Conference USA First Teamer and was named a
Second Team All‐American by ProFootballFocus.com. The yardage total was No. 3
nationally ‐ tops in C‐USA ‐ while his 104.8 yards per game were No. 10 nationally.
Taylor had 100 yards or more in eight games, tied for the most in C‐USA, including
a streak of three straight against Middle Tennessee, North Texas and LSU where he
also had a season‐high 10 receptions. Taylor's 196 yards on nine receptions at
Indiana are the second‐most in program history and most since WKU became an FBS
program in 2009. Taylor was also No. 3 in the league in touchdowns scored, average
7.3 points per game, despite being the only player in the top five to appear in 14
games. He was the only player in the country to catch a touchdown pass in 11 games
‐ four other players were tied at 10.

2014 (Sophomore):
Taylor enjoyed a stellar sophomore campaign, starting in seven games
and appearing in all 13. He finished second on the team with 767 yards and was
third in touchdown receptions with seven. His 45 catches were fourth‐most for the
Hilltoppers and he led all primary pass catchers with a 17 yard per catch average,
the best average among receivers with over 40 receptions in the league. Taylor had
50 yards in seven of 13 games to go along with a pair of 100‐yard performances,
including a career and team‐high 185 yards on 12 catches in the season opener
against Bowling Green. The 185 yards were also the sixth‐most in a single game in
program history. Taylor also led WKU with 13 receptions of 20 yards of more. Of his
seven touchdowns, five went for 45 yards or longer including Brandon Doughty's
season‐long pass of 75 yards to Taylor on a one‐play drive at Marshall. Taylor's
seven touchdowns also tied for fifth‐most in single‐season program history.

2013 (Freshman):
Taylor saw action in 11 games, earning seven starts on the season.
Taylor caught 24 passes for 270 yards, second among freshmen wideouts and sixth on
the team. He caught a season‐high four passes against Kentucky, Navy and ULL and
had a season‐best 75 yards on three receptions at ULM, which was also a team‐best
for that contest. Taylor also went back to return punts, serving as the short
coverage returner when team's elected to punt away from All‐American Antonio
Andrews, but he did not return a punt on the season.

PERSONAL:
Taylor led Pleasure Ridge Park High School to a 14‐1 season in 2012,
catching a team‐best 52 passes for 1,169 yards, accounting for nearly 40 percent of
the team's receiving yards in his senior season. Taylor and Pleasure Ridge Park
advanced to the Class 6A state title game in 2012, losing its only game of the
season in the championship. For the year, Taylor found the endzone a team‐high 18
times with 14 touchdown receptions, two rushing touchdowns and one interception
returned for a touchdown. Taylor also rushed for 72 yards on just 12 carries,
averaging six yards per touch on the ground for an offense that averaged more than
44 points per game. Taylor got off to a hot start in his final season in 2012,
going over 100 receiving yards in four of the first five games of the year with 10
touchdown receptions during that five‐game span. The 6‐1, 185‐pound wide receiver
was also a dynamic kick returner for the Panthers, earning All‐District honors from
the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association while also being named
Honorable Mention All‐State by the Courier‐Journal as a wide receiver in 2012.
2016 Team Captain
2017 Reese's Senior Bowl
2017 NFL Scouting Combine
2016 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
2016 First Team All‐Conference USA
2016 Preseason All‐Conference USA
2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
2016 Maxwell Award Watch List
2016 Preseason All‐C‐USA First Team (Athlon)
2015 First Team All‐Conference USA
2015 First Team All‐Conference USA (Phil Steele)
2015 ProFootballFocus.com Second Team All‐American
2015 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
2014 C‐USA Third Team (Phil Steele)
2014 C‐USA Honorable Mention
Career Game Highs:
Receptions ‐ 12, twice (Last at Middle Tennessee, 10/15/16)
Yards ‐ 197 at Middle Tennessee (10/15/16)
Touchdowns ‐ 3, three times (Last vs. North Texas, 11/12/16)

2016 (Senior):
After posting the best single season by a receiver in school history as
a junior, Taylor more than lived up for the encore, breaking his own single‐season
records for receptions and receiving yards in his final season on The Hill. Taylor
finished his senior season with a record 98 receptions for a record 1,730 yards and
17 touchdowns, tying his own record for touchdown catches in a season. Taylor
posted nine games with 100‐yards receiving, second‐most nationally, while his 11
games of catching at least one touchdown pass led the nation. Taylor's 1,730
receiving yards ranked No. 3 nationally and his 98 receptions were fifth‐most. He
wasn't just a volume receiver, however, as his 17.6 yard per catch average was the
highest in the nation among receivers with at least 75 catches and his 978 yards on
deep passes also led the nation. He concluded his WKU career by holding every major
career and season receiving record on The Hill. Following the season, Taylor
attended the Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine with teammate Forrest
Lamp, becoming the first WKU wide receiver in program history to attend both events
and marking the second consecutive year for the program to send a pair of players
to the combine.

2015 (Junior):
Taylor had the single greatest season by a wide receiver in Hilltopper
Football history in 2015, becoming just the second 1,000‐yard receiver in program
history and setting single‐season records for receiving yards (1,467), receptions
(86) and touchdown catches (17) while also setting the career record for receiving
yards (2,504), 100‐yard receiving games (9) and touchdown catches (24). Taylor's
1,467 yards are the second‐most in C‐USA history while his 17 touchdown receptions
are fourth‐most. He was a consensus All‐Conference USA First Teamer and was named a
Second Team All‐American by ProFootballFocus.com. The yardage total was No. 3
nationally ‐ tops in C‐USA ‐ while his 104.8 yards per game were No. 10 nationally.
Taylor had 100 yards or more in eight games, tied for the most in C‐USA, including
a streak of three straight against Middle Tennessee, North Texas and LSU where he
also had a season‐high 10 receptions. Taylor's 196 yards on nine receptions at
Indiana are the second‐most in program history and most since WKU became an FBS
program in 2009. Taylor was also No. 3 in the league in touchdowns scored, average
7.3 points per game, despite being the only player in the top five to appear in 14
games. He was the only player in the country to catch a touchdown pass in 11 games
‐ four other players were tied at 10.

2014 (Sophomore):
Taylor enjoyed a stellar sophomore campaign, starting in seven games
and appearing in all 13. He finished second on the team with 767 yards and was
third in touchdown receptions with seven. His 45 catches were fourth‐most for the
Hilltoppers and he led all primary pass catchers with a 17 yard per catch average,
the best average among receivers with over 40 receptions in the league. Taylor had
50 yards in seven of 13 games to go along with a pair of 100‐yard performances,
including a career and team‐high 185 yards on 12 catches in the season opener
against Bowling Green. The 185 yards were also the sixth‐most in a single game in
program history. Taylor also led WKU with 13 receptions of 20 yards of more. Of his
seven touchdowns, five went for 45 yards or longer including Brandon Doughty's
season‐long pass of 75 yards to Taylor on a one‐play drive at Marshall. Taylor's
seven touchdowns also tied for fifth‐most in single‐season program history.

2013 (Freshman):
Taylor saw action in 11 games, earning seven starts on the season.
Taylor caught 24 passes for 270 yards, second among freshmen wideouts and sixth on
the team. He caught a season‐high four passes against Kentucky, Navy and ULL and
had a season‐best 75 yards on three receptions at ULM, which was also a team‐best
for that contest. Taylor also went back to return punts, serving as the short
coverage returner when team's elected to punt away from All‐American Antonio
Andrews, but he did not return a punt on the season.

PERSONAL:
Taylor led Pleasure Ridge Park High School to a 14‐1 season in 2012,
catching a team‐best 52 passes for 1,169 yards, accounting for nearly 40 percent of
the team's receiving yards in his senior season. Taylor and Pleasure Ridge Park
advanced to the Class 6A state title game in 2012, losing its only game of the
season in the championship. For the year, Taylor found the endzone a team‐high 18
times with 14 touchdown receptions, two rushing touchdowns and one interception
returned for a touchdown. Taylor also rushed for 72 yards on just 12 carries,
averaging six yards per touch on the ground for an offense that averaged more than
44 points per game. Taylor got off to a hot start in his final season in 2012,
going over 100 receiving yards in four of the first five games of the year with 10
touchdown receptions during that five‐game span. The 6‐1, 185‐pound wide receiver
was also a dynamic kick returner for the Panthers, earning All‐District honors from
the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association while also being named
Honorable Mention All‐State by the Courier‐Journal as a wide receiver in 2012.
 

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