21 Former Hilltoppers Work Out for 33 NFL Representatives from 26 Teams
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The Hilltoppers fall on the road against LSU, on October 24, 2015.
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:
2016 (Sr.): 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 (Jr.): 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 (So.): 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 (Fr.): 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.
HS/Misc.: 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.
SCHOOL RECORDS HELD BY TAYWAN TAYLOR (9)
Receiving Yards - 2,504
Touchdown Receptions - 24
100-Yard Receiving Games - 9
Receiving Yards - 1,467 (2015)
Touchdown Receptions - 17 (2015)
Receptions - 86 (2015)
100-Yard Receiving Games - 8 (2015)
Consecutive 100-Yard Receiving Games - 3 (2015)
Receiving Yards - 196 (FBS era - At Indiana, 2015)