Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013
Photos from 2013 Illini football Media Day and Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium - Aug. 11, 2013.
2013 Freshman: Played in eight games, catching one pass for five yards ... Caught his first career pass, a five-yarder from Reilly O'Toole, against Miami (Ohio) ... Made Illini debut in the season-opener against SIU.
High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 103 wide receiver in the nation by 247 Sports ... Helped University High win the Florida 3A state title as a senior with an undefeated 13-0 season ... Team was also named the 2012 MaxPreps Small School National Champion ... Team finished 2012 as top-ranked team in South Florida and No. 2 overall team in Florida ... Earned Associated Press 3A second-team all-state honors ... Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel All-County selection ... Miami Herald All-County pick ... As a senior, had 40 catches for 577 yards (14.43 yards per catch / 72.1 yards per game) and seven touchdowns ... As a junior, had 34 receptions for 530 yards and five touchdowns ... Four-year varsity letterwinner in football ... Also lettered in track in 2012.
Personal: First name pronounced dee-ON-tay ... Born Sept. 29, 1993 ... Parents are Schreaka and John Taylor ... Enrolled in general studies ... Nickname is "D.J." ... Chose Illinois over Nebraska, Syracuse, Central Florida, Louisville and Cincinnati among many others ... Active in his high school's art institute ... Favorite athlete is NFL quarterback Michael Vick because "he set a trend that led to a new breed of athletic quarterbacks."
Updated July 2014