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  Brian Taylor
Brian Taylor

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Addison, Illinois

High School:
Addison Trail

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 183

Position:
CB

At Stanford: Has earned a letter in each of his first three seasons at Stanford, including his true freshman season in 1998 ... Despite being limited by thumb and hand injuries his first two years, Brian has played a lot of football for the Cardinal the past three years and is a very experienced, mature cornerback ... He will see extensive playing time in 2001 and be a key member of Stanford's nickel and dime packages.

Coaches' Comments: "Brian is the crafty, senior, veteran who plays the game well. I expect him to be in our nickel and dime situations. There is a lot of learning that goes on in these packages because of the different alignments by the opponent. It takes a real smart, seasoned player who I have confidence in to play this position. And Brian is just that." - secondary coach Denny Schuler

The 2000 Season:Tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and led the team with 10 pass break-ups as a backup cornerback ... He played in all 11 games ... Also registered 19 total tackles and one fumble recovery ... Started the first two games of the year as the team's fifth defensive back in its nickel package vs. Washington State and San Jose State ... Had a season best four tackles in each of those first two games ... In the season finale vs. Cal, he had three tackles, two interceptions and three pass break-ups ... At UCLA, he returned an interception 56 yards, the longest INT return of the year by the Cardinal.

The 1999 Season: Used in a reserve role at cornerback ... Finished the year with 12 total tackles, one quarterback sack, one tackle-for-loss, one interception and four pass break-ups ... Missed three games due to a broken hand (Oregon State, USC and Washington) ... Did not play in games against Oregon State, USC and Washington ... Recorded his interception vs. San Jose State ... Had three tackles and a sack vs. UCLA.

The 1998 Season: One of five true freshman to letter for the Cardinal in 1998 ... Brian began the year as a backup at cornerback, but by game #4 he was inserted into the starting lineup ... He wound up starting three games (Oregon, Notre Dame, Oregon State) before a fractured thumb forced him from the lineup ... He played with a soft cast for the remainder of the season ... Finished with 16 total tackles, one forced fumble and three pass deflections ... Had season high six tackles vs. both Notre Dame and Oregon State.

In High School: Played both offense and defense at Addison High School in Illinois ... He was named a prep All-American by PrepStar and an All-Midwest choice by SuperPrep ... As a senior, he had six interceptions as a cornerback to go along with 756 yards and nine TDs rushing and 20 receptions for 322 yards and seven TDs ... He also averaged over 30 yards per kickoff return and 15 yards per punt return ... Ran a 4.4 40 ... Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune First-Team All-State ... First-Team All-Area and West Suburban Conference MVP ... As a junior, led the county with nine interceptions ... Offensively, he accounted for 1,521 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns ... Named conference defensive MVP and First-Team All-Area ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Illinois state scholar.

Personal Information:Political science major.

Taylor's Career Statistics

Year

UT

AT

TT

Sack/Yds

TFL/Yds

Int

1998

12

4

16

0/0

0/0

0

1999

6

6

12

1/9

1/9

1

2000

16

3

19

0/0

0/0

3

Totals

34

13

47

1/9

1/9

4


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