2002:Came on strong during the second half of the season and even saw time at defensive end to bolster the depth at that position ... Had a career-high seven tackles at Minnesota ... Finished the season with four tackles and a fumble recovery at Wisconsin, four tackles vs. Ohio State and five at Northwestern, including one for a loss.
2001: Transferred to Illinois from Eastern Illinois and sat out the 2001 season.
Eastern Illinois: Started two seasons for the Panthers leading the team to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2000 … Ranked fourth on the team with 74 tackles as a regular starter in 2000 … Recorded eight tackles for loss and three sacks … Also broke up a pass, forced and recovered a fumble … Played in nine games and started three as a true-freshman … Had 38 tackles and a tackle for loss for the season … Tallied a season-best 15 tackles vs. Western Kentucky in 1999.
High School: Played for head coach Tim Nolen at Mount Zion High School ... Earned three varsity letters in football and four in wrestling ... Won a state wrestling title.
Personal: Parents are Phil and Eunita Taylor ... Has two brothers and two sisters ... Majoring in political science … Brother, Phil, played football at Eastern Illinois and sister, Theresia, played softball at Illinois State.
Tackles: 7 at Minnesota, 10/3/02
Solos: 6 at Minnesota, 10/3/02
TFL: 1 at Penn State, 11/2/02 & at Northwestern, 11/23/02
Fum. Recovered: 1 at Wisconsin, 11/9/02
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS QBS-YDS QBH 2002 11 17 11 28 2-4 0-0 0