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

Quick Stats (2017):

REC
16
YDS
231
AVG
14.4
TDS
1

Biography

 
PRO: The Titans selected Taywan Taylor (first name pronounced TAY-wahn) with their first of two third-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.  A shifty route-runner with exceptional burst and run-after-catch ability, he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside.  At Western Kentucky, he broke every major single-season and career receiving record and accounted for 34 touchdown receptions over his final two campaigns.  He joins first-rounder Corey Davis to give the Titans one of the NFL’s most dynamic rookie receiving duos.  Taylor became the first Western Kentucky player drafted by the Titans since the team arrived in Tennessee.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    The most prolific wide receiver in Western Kentucky history, Taylor accumulated 253 career receptions for 4,234 yards and 41 touchdowns in four seasons, setting team records in each category.
•    In 2016, he had the best single season of any receiver in Western Kentucky history, setting Hilltopper records with 98 catches (ranked fifth in the nation), 1,730 receiving yards (third) and 17 touchdowns (tied for third).

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Taylor’s football life has taken him south on Interstate 65.  A native of Louisville, which is approximately a three-hour drive from Nashville, he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., a one-hour commute from Nashville on the same highway.
•    He played the role of Daddy Warbucks in an elementary school production of “Annie.”
•    Taylor lists his football role model as Randy Moss.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Louisville, Ky., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    In four seasons at Western Kentucky (2013-16), Taylor appeared in 52 games with 33 starts.  He established Hilltopper career records with 253 receptions, 4,234 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns, and he also set the single-season records with 98 receptions, 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns, the latter of which he hit in both his junior and senior seasons.  He authored 19 100-yard receiving performances.  Taylor helped lead the team to a pair of Conference USA titles and three consecutive bowl championships. He was a two-time semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver.

AS A SENIOR (2016), broke his own single-season records for receptions and receiving yards and tied his touchdown reception record, finishing the season with 98 receptions for 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns. Posted nine games with at least 100 yards receiving, second-most nationally, while his 11 games of catching at least one touchdown pass led the nation. His 1,730 receiving yards ranked third nationally, and his 98 receptions ranked fifth. His 17.6-yards-per-catch average was the highest in the nation among receivers with at least 75 receptions, and his 978 yards on deep passes also led the nation. He was a team captain, Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and first-team All-Conference USA.
•    Against Houston Baptist (10/1), recorded a career-long 80-yard touchdown reception.
•    At Middle Tennessee (10/15), matched his career high with 12 receptions and set his career high with 197 receiving yards, including a 45-yard touchdown reception.
Against North Texas (11/12), caught six passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns to match his career high.  His touchdown receptions were 75 yards, 64 yards and four yards.
•    Against Old Dominion (10/22), posted 10 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

AS A JUNIOR (2015), became the second 1,000-yard receiver in program history and set Western Kentucky single-season records for receiving yards (1,467), receptions (86) and touchdown catches (17). His 1,467 yards were the second-most in C-USA history, while his 17 touchdown receptions were fourth-most. The consensus first-team All-Conference USA selection also was named second-team All-American by ProFootballFocus.com. Ranked third nationally and led the conference in receiving yards, while his 104.8 yards per game ranked No. 10 nationally. Had 100 receiving yards or more in eight games, tied for the most in C-USA.  Ranked third in the league in touchdowns scored, average 7.3 points per game, and he was the only player in the country to catch a touchdown pass in 11 games (four others tied at 10).
•    At LSU (10/24), had a season-high 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
•    At Indiana (9/19), recorded 196 yards on nine receptions.  His yardage total was the second-highest in program history and the most since WKU became an FBS program in 2009.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014), started seven games while appearing in all 13. Finished second on the team with 767 yards and was third in touchdown receptions with seven. His 45 receptions were fourth-most for the Hilltoppers, and he led all primary pass catchers with a 17.0 yards-per-catch average, the best average among receivers with over 40 receptions in the league. Had 50 yards in seven of 13 games to go along with a pair of 100-yard performances.  Led the team with 13 receptions of 20 yards or longer. Of his seven touchdowns, five went for 45 yards or longer.  Taylor’s seven touchdowns also tied for fifth-most in a single season in program history.  Earned All-Conference USA honorable mention.
•    Against Bowling Green (8/29), led the team and set a then-career high with 185 yards on 12 catches in the season opener. The 185 yards were also the sixth-most in a single game in program history.
•    At Marshall (11/28), caught Brandon Doughty’s season-long pass of 75 yards for a touchdown.

AS A FRESHMAN (2013), saw action in 11 games, earning seven starts. Caught 24 passes for 270 yards, second among freshman wideouts and sixth overall on the team.
•    Against Kentucky (8/31), caught four passes for 23 yards in his debut.
•    At Louisiana-Monroe (10/3), posted three receptions and led the team with a season-high 75 yards.
•    Received his degree in elementary education from Western Kentucky.in May 2017.

PERSONAL:  
•    Attended Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Ky.) High School, where he helped lead the team to a 14-1 season as a senior in 2012 by posting a team-high 52 receptions for 1,169 yards.  He scored 18 total touchdowns, including 14 touchdown receptions. The team advanced to the Class 6A state title game before losing for the first time all season. He earned All-District honors from the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association and also was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Courier-Journal.
•    Follow Taylor on Twitter and Instagram at @SilentGrind2.
•    Follow Taylor on Snapchat at taywan.
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Everybody Hates Chris”; (movies) “Rush Hour” and “Red Dawn”; (musician) Nipsey Hussle; (athlete as a child) Tracy McGrady; (foods) chicken alfredo, steak, baked potatoes and lasagna; and (songs on your pregame playlist) Lil Wayne songs plus a variety of other music.
•     Born Taywan Marshawn Taylor on March 2, 1995 in Louisville, Ky.
 
PRO: The Titans selected Taywan Taylor (first name pronounced TAY-wahn) with their first of two third-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.  A shifty route-runner with exceptional burst and run-after-catch ability, he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside.  At Western Kentucky, he broke every major single-season and career receiving record and accounted for 34 touchdown receptions over his final two campaigns.  He joins first-rounder Corey Davis to give the Titans one of the NFL’s most dynamic rookie receiving duos.  Taylor became the first Western Kentucky player drafted by the Titans since the team arrived in Tennessee.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    The most prolific wide receiver in Western Kentucky history, Taylor accumulated 253 career receptions for 4,234 yards and 41 touchdowns in four seasons, setting team records in each category.
•    In 2016, he had the best single season of any receiver in Western Kentucky history, setting Hilltopper records with 98 catches (ranked fifth in the nation), 1,730 receiving yards (third) and 17 touchdowns (tied for third).

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Taylor’s football life has taken him south on Interstate 65.  A native of Louisville, which is approximately a three-hour drive from Nashville, he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., a one-hour commute from Nashville on the same highway.
•    He played the role of Daddy Warbucks in an elementary school production of “Annie.”
•    Taylor lists his football role model as Randy Moss.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Louisville, Ky., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    In four seasons at Western Kentucky (2013-16), Taylor appeared in 52 games with 33 starts.  He established Hilltopper career records with 253 receptions, 4,234 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns, and he also set the single-season records with 98 receptions, 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns, the latter of which he hit in both his junior and senior seasons.  He authored 19 100-yard receiving performances.  Taylor helped lead the team to a pair of Conference USA titles and three consecutive bowl championships. He was a two-time semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver.

AS A SENIOR (2016), broke his own single-season records for receptions and receiving yards and tied his touchdown reception record, finishing the season with 98 receptions for 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns. Posted nine games with at least 100 yards receiving, second-most nationally, while his 11 games of catching at least one touchdown pass led the nation. His 1,730 receiving yards ranked third nationally, and his 98 receptions ranked fifth. His 17.6-yards-per-catch average was the highest in the nation among receivers with at least 75 receptions, and his 978 yards on deep passes also led the nation. He was a team captain, Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and first-team All-Conference USA.
•    Against Houston Baptist (10/1), recorded a career-long 80-yard touchdown reception.
•    At Middle Tennessee (10/15), matched his career high with 12 receptions and set his career high with 197 receiving yards, including a 45-yard touchdown reception.
Against North Texas (11/12), caught six passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns to match his career high.  His touchdown receptions were 75 yards, 64 yards and four yards.
•    Against Old Dominion (10/22), posted 10 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

AS A JUNIOR (2015), became the second 1,000-yard receiver in program history and set Western Kentucky single-season records for receiving yards (1,467), receptions (86) and touchdown catches (17). His 1,467 yards were the second-most in C-USA history, while his 17 touchdown receptions were fourth-most. The consensus first-team All-Conference USA selection also was named second-team All-American by ProFootballFocus.com. Ranked third nationally and led the conference in receiving yards, while his 104.8 yards per game ranked No. 10 nationally. Had 100 receiving yards or more in eight games, tied for the most in C-USA.  Ranked third in the league in touchdowns scored, average 7.3 points per game, and he was the only player in the country to catch a touchdown pass in 11 games (four others tied at 10).
•    At LSU (10/24), had a season-high 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
•    At Indiana (9/19), recorded 196 yards on nine receptions.  His yardage total was the second-highest in program history and the most since WKU became an FBS program in 2009.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014), started seven games while appearing in all 13. Finished second on the team with 767 yards and was third in touchdown receptions with seven. His 45 receptions were fourth-most for the Hilltoppers, and he led all primary pass catchers with a 17.0 yards-per-catch average, the best average among receivers with over 40 receptions in the league. Had 50 yards in seven of 13 games to go along with a pair of 100-yard performances.  Led the team with 13 receptions of 20 yards or longer. Of his seven touchdowns, five went for 45 yards or longer.  Taylor’s seven touchdowns also tied for fifth-most in a single season in program history.  Earned All-Conference USA honorable mention.
•    Against Bowling Green (8/29), led the team and set a then-career high with 185 yards on 12 catches in the season opener. The 185 yards were also the sixth-most in a single game in program history.
•    At Marshall (11/28), caught Brandon Doughty’s season-long pass of 75 yards for a touchdown.

AS A FRESHMAN (2013), saw action in 11 games, earning seven starts. Caught 24 passes for 270 yards, second among freshman wideouts and sixth overall on the team.
•    Against Kentucky (8/31), caught four passes for 23 yards in his debut.
•    At Louisiana-Monroe (10/3), posted three receptions and led the team with a season-high 75 yards.
•    Received his degree in elementary education from Western Kentucky.in May 2017.

PERSONAL:  
•    Attended Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Ky.) High School, where he helped lead the team to a 14-1 season as a senior in 2012 by posting a team-high 52 receptions for 1,169 yards.  He scored 18 total touchdowns, including 14 touchdown receptions. The team advanced to the Class 6A state title game before losing for the first time all season. He earned All-District honors from the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association and also was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Courier-Journal.
•    Follow Taylor on Twitter and Instagram at @SilentGrind2.
•    Follow Taylor on Snapchat at taywan.
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Everybody Hates Chris”; (movies) “Rush Hour” and “Red Dawn”; (musician) Nipsey Hussle; (athlete as a child) Tracy McGrady; (foods) chicken alfredo, steak, baked potatoes and lasagna; and (songs on your pregame playlist) Lil Wayne songs plus a variety of other music.
•     Born Taywan Marshawn Taylor on March 2, 1995 in Louisville, Ky.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 16 231 14.4 53 1 6 30 5 17 0 0 0
2017 TEN 13 3 16 231 14.4 53T 1 6 30 5 17 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 OAK L 16-26 2 14 7 10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @JAX W 37-16 1 42 42 42 0 2 16 8 17 0 -- --
3 SEA W 33-27 2 16 8 11 0 1 -1 -1 -1 0 -- --
4 @HOU L 14-57 0 0 -- -- 0 1 6 6 6 0 -- --
5 @MIA L 10-16 0 0 -- -- 0 1 5 5 5 0 -- --
6 IND W 36-22 2 61 30.5 53 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @CLE W 12-9 3 45 15 23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 BAL W 23-20 1 -4 -4 -4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 CIN W 24-20 2 34 17 20 0 1 4 4 4 0 -- --
11 @PIT L 17-40 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @IND W 20-16 1 8 8 8 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 HOU W 24-13 2 15 7.5 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 @ARI L 7-12 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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