Taylor Follows Up with an Encore Performance

If you are a young football player trying to find a way to get on the football field and contribute to your team you might want to check out #5 in Maroon and Gold. Kerry Taylor barely saw the field last season as a freshman and could have pouted. Yet he did the opposite and worked as hard as he could, and the fruits of his labor have been showing during the 2008 campaign.

Taylor followed up his four catches for 93 yards and touchdown outing against NAU with another stellar performance, catching five passes for 92 yards and a touchdown against Stanford.

"I hope I can keep it up," joked Taylor, "I worked hard over the summer with Rudy on timing routes and it seems kind of easy out there right now, just knowing where Rudy is going to put the ball. It definitely makes it a lot easier knowing where the ball is going to be every time. Hopefully I can keep it up every week and get wins."

Taylor credits his emergence on the work he put in during the offseason and he just wants to make the most of every opportunity he gets. .

"I didn't get on the field as much as I'd like to last year," he explained, "because we have a deep core of receivers. I'm finally getting my shot this year and when my number is called, keep going out there and making plays."

Taylor could be understating the makeup of ASU's wide receiving core when he says it is deep. The Devils boast one of the most talented and deep group of wideouts in all of college football. None of them are selfish and they all worked hard to get on the same page with Rudy Carpenter. .

"The passing game is really working for us now," he stated. "The receivers are all on the same page with Rudy, which is great. That lets us just go out there and run our routes and get open and know that Rudy is going to put the ball where it needs to be."

"Our depth at receiver is crazy and it showed tonight. Their defense got tired and we can rotate guys every series and not miss a beat," said Taylor, "We have so many guys that can go out there and make plays, every play. It is going to be a key to us winning games this year. When defenses get tired, we can keep rotating and stay fresh so we always have fresh receivers."

That depth will help especially if one of those receivers goes down to an injury and has to be sidelined. That was feared to be the case with Mike Jones, but the senior gutted it out and caught six passes for 79 yards and a score on Saturday night.

"Mike is the leader of our receiving core right now. It is his 5th year here, he has a lot of experience, we all look up to Mike," said Taylor, "He has been through many situations and he can relate to us and tell us how to deal with things and how to get better."

"I know that Mike has helped me out tremendously since I got here. The way he came out here tonight, playing hurt the way he did, you have to have a lot of respect for the guy. You could definitely tell he was in pain but he came out and had a great game."

Taylor credited Jones and fellow receiver Chris McGaha for his touchdown catch right before the half that really let ASU take control of the game and take a ten-point lead into the break. Taylor was covered by nickel back freshman Michael Thomas and took advantage and burned him for a touchdown.

"The defense keyed on Mike (Jones) and Chris (McGaha) on the outside," Taylor noted. "That is a credit to Mike and Chris being great players, the defense was trying to stop them. They kind of forgot about me in the middle and I got open. Rudy saw me open and made a great throw and I went in for the touchdown."

That touchdown gave the Devils momentum and let ASU take control of the game and they never looked back. Taylor said beating a quality Pac-10 opponent like Stanford this early only increase's the confidence of the team.

"It was a good win. It definitely showed us where we are at as a team, but it showed us things we need to improve on still," said Taylor, "To beat a good team like Stanford…Stanford is a good team this year and they are going to beat a lot of other Pac-10 schools. To beat them is a great confidence boost for our team; hopefully we can build off of that and continue it for the rest of the season."

If you ask the ASU student section, the rest of the season starts against Georgia, as they held up signs that read "Bring on Georgia." Taylor was quick to point out that ASU has too quality of a group to look past UNLV next week.

"We have a good group of guys this year," he claimed. "The mindset is always really good. We are going to go in and watch film on UNLV, prepare for them, make sure we are ready for them."

"We should beat them (UNLV), we have a lot more talent than them. It is just one of those games; you can't slip up because anything can happen in any given game. We should take care of UNLV and then we can look forward to Georgia."


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