Taylor Wants To Build Momentum With Bowl Win

Courtney Taylor talks about his team's upcoming trip to the Captial One Bowl to face the Wisconsin Badgers.

Auburn, Ala.--Even though it's not a BCS Bowl Game, receiver Courtney Taylor says he's excited about making the trip to Orlando and having the chance to end this season with a momentum-builder heading into his senior campaign.

"That's the best bowl I've been to since I've been here," Taylor says. "There is so much to do. The committee, or whoever it is, takes good care of us when we're down there. It's one of the best bowls outside of the BCS."

Taylor was a redshirt freshman when Auburn made its last trip to Orlando at the end of the 2002 season, pulling out a 13-9 victory over a Penn State team with Larry Johnson, Bryant Johnson, Jimmy Kennedy and several other high profile players.

With so much to do in the city of Orlando from golf to entertainment parks, Taylor says it will give him and his teammates some time to look back on some of their accomplishments like beating rivals Georgia and Alabama to close the season and earn a share of another Western Division title.

"It gives you a sense, not of relaxing, but in a sense to reflect on the season that you worked so hard to get even selected to that bowl for the whole team to enjoy together. We still have to go down there and work regardless."

Courtney Taylor pulls down a catch in the Tigers' 28-18 win over Alabama.

A win over the Badgers would give Auburn a shot to finish the season as high as fourth or fifth in the polls depending on the outcome of other bowl games. With a lot of talent coming back for the Tigers in 2006, Taylor says he and his teammates are hoping to use the game as a springboard heading into the off season.

"I think it's a momentum game," he notes. "If we go out on a good note that's going to help us going into the next season. That's the thing as a player that you want.

"You don't want to come back next season with a loss because you have that feeling like you have to regroup and we've got a new team now," he adds. "If we go out on a winning note it's kind of like that sense of urgency of let's build on this."

Even though Auburn will be favored to win, Taylor says the Badgers have a good football team and didn't reach the Capital One Bowl by accident.

"This is a good team we're about to face," he says. "There's no way that they would be in the position they're in if they weren't good. Their running back, Calhoun, is a great running back and they've got a good offensive line. We're going to have our hands full regardless."

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