“It was great to have the kind of senior year I did,” Taylor said. “I feel like I made a big jump after not playing at all my junior year and then coming out my senior year and putting on a show like I did, putting up stats and helping my team win.”
What East Central linebacker Kimmie Carson loves most about Taylor on the field is his drive, even when things don't go well.
For all the flashy touchdowns, interceptions and breakups Taylor had this season, Carson's favorite play from his teammate started out as a mistake.
“It was one where he fumbled the ball but picked it back up and almost scored,” Carson said. “He made a mistake, then he made up for it. That meant a lot to our team.”
Klinck said Taylor and fellow All-Stater Carson were big pieces not only for this season's team but also for setting the tone for the program going forward.
“They're instrumental,” Klinck said. “As soon as they bought in, I knew everybody else would fall right into place.
“Having two leaders like that, it really helped me, especially in my first year, to get this team together.”