Player Spotlight: Eric Taylor C/O ’23 Tailback/Defensive Back

Eric Taylor is a sensational sophomore athlete for Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and was an integral part of their undefeated 15-0 state championship run this fall.

Taylor plays both ways for the Patriots, seeing time at both tailback on offense, and defensive back on defense.

On offense, Taylor averaged over 10 yards per carry this season, with 3 touchdowns on just 11 carries for 116 yards!

Taylor had the most yards of any sophomore, and even had more yards than a couple of seniors in their run-heavy attack.

Taylor is a versatile player on defense, often times covering the slot receiver, the tight end, the outside receivers, and even gets used on blitz packages!

Taylor finished with an astonishing 81 tackles on the year, which was also the most by any sophomore, and good enough for sixth on the team.

Taylor also added 6 tackles for loss on the season, with 2 quarterback hurries, showing taht he can assist in run support.

Showing off his coverage and ball skills, Taylor registered 5 PBU’s on the season, in addition to forcing a fumble and recovering one.

You could say that the future is bright for Taylor!

Though he is just 5’7, 175 pounds, Taylor certainly plays like a guy that is much bigger in stature, and with over two years left to play, he will certainly add more size in the coming years.

In the weight-room, Taylor is strong, posting a max squat of 335 pounds, and a bench press max of 225 pounds!

Taylor feels as though his team played well this fall, and he hopes to repeat his junior year.

“I feel like we will be able to repeat next year,” Taylor said. “We really just have to remain focused as a team, and give 100% effort, and we will win again.”

Taylor knows that he has to do things to make himself standout among other players in the country, and he does just that each and every day.

“I bring a lot of speed and quickness to the game,” Taylor said. “I am able to evade the opposing blockers with that speed and quickness, especially when I am blitzing. I feel like I have a lot of strength as well, and I can get physical with a wideout when needed.

“Although I may not be the tallest guy out there, I make up for that with strength, speed and aggressiveness. I want to prove to coaches that even at my height, I can dominate on the field!”

With a 3.6 GPA in the classroom, there is no doubt that Taylor will be able to rake in the offers, along with his intangibles on the field!


Twitter: @erictaylorjr3

Published by Zane Rowland

I love sports and I love helping kids reach their goals and dreams!

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