Taylor's Tigers managed to beat Alabama for a fifth straight year, but they had to do it with the senior watching virtually the whole game from the sideline when he couldn't go after suffering a hamstring injury in practice the week of the game.
Auburn's best wide receiver was in on the opening series of the win at Tuscaloosa, but was pulled after that because of a lack of mobility. On New Year's Day in Dallas he will close his career as the Tigers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on New Year's Day.
Taylor will close his college career as part of the senior class with the most victories (40 or 41) in Auburn history and he needs four catches vs. the Cornhuskers to set a school record for the most receptions.
After catching 48 passes for 634 yards this season, he has 147 career receptions, three shy of the school record set by Karsten Bailey from 1995-98.
"It would mean a lot to me to break the record," Taylor says. "Of course, I have got it on my mind, but the main thing is going out there and winning this bowl game. We don't want to look to any other small stuff or anything. We want to win this game, but, of course, that would be a great milestone for me and my career to have those catches."
Taylor has 2,028 receiving yards, which is fourth in school history behind Terry Beasley (2,507, 1969-71), Tyrone Goodson (2,283, 193-97) and Bailey's 2,174.
The redshirt senior says he will be healthy and eager to get back on the football field on New Year's Day. "My leg's good," he says. "It's not giving me any problems and I am ready to go."