OU's Adrian Taylor done for season with torn Achilles

by Michael Baldwin Modified: November 14, 2010 at 7:06 am •  Published: November 13, 2010
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The one downer on a day Oklahoma sent its seniors out on a high note was senior defensive tackle Adrian Taylor suffered a season-ending torn Achilles late in the first half.

Sidelined by a gruesome broken left ankle in the Sun Bowl, Taylor spent the entire off-season rehabilitating the injury to play his senior year. The Achilles injury was on his right foot.

“It crushes you with what he's invested in this program with everything he's gone through,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “He's given us a lot more than we've given him. His legacy will be incredibly strong here...

“He has an incredible spirit and strength. I told him we need him to continue to give that to us. We need that from him. He's not done. He won't take anymore snaps but mentally we need him right there with us.”

One of Taylor's roommates is defensive end Jeremy Beal, selected the co-winner along with Taylor for the Don Key award.

“He was playing his heart out,” Beal said. “It was hard to see him get hurt, especially on Senior Day. I feel for him. You can tell he's a little bit down but he was excited for the other seniors how we won. But his football career may be over.”

Coaches moved Pryce Macon to defensive tackle a couple of weeks ago. The only other defensive tackles are sophomores Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland. The Sooners this week should get back Casey Walker, sidelined the past seven weeks by a sprained knee.

“That's an area we already were a little bit thin,” Venables said. “Getting another body that's actually played there and was a starter will help us.”

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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