Courtney Taylor Showing Skills at Senior Bowl

Former Tiger standout Courtney Taylor discusses his week in Mobile for the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Mobile, Ala.--Courtney Taylor has put together an impressive week of practice while trying to make a positive impression on NFL scouts in attendance at Senior Bowl practices.

On Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the 6-2, 210-pound wide receiver from Auburn will try to continue his sure-handed, impressive play.

Some scouts have commented that Taylor catches too many balls with his hands, but the receiver says that doesn't concern him. "The way I look at it is I catch the ball," he says. "I make plays. I catch balls. I haven't dropped a pass all week and that's something I pride myself on.

"Since I first got here, I said I'm not going to drop balls and I haven't dropped one yet. I catch a lot with my hands, but right now I'm just glad I'm catching everything thrown my way."

Others have noted that Taylor needs to improve his separation from defensive backs on his pass routes, but he is also taking that in stride. "People are going to say what they say about separation, but making plays and getting open are the most important things," Taylor says. Making plays, getting open and catching the ball. If I'm doing a good job with that then everything else will come."

Mobile has again become the nation's football capital for a week as more than 800 NFL coaches, scouts and other personnel have come to see many of the nation's best NFL draft prospects. Taylor says it is special for him to play in the game because it is his home state.

"It's huge for Alabama," he says. "They have all the top athletes in the country come down to Alabama. That's something special. The city of Mobile has done a great job of hosting us. I haven't really been out that much. It's been the hotel, practice field, interviews and back here pretty much the whole week, but I think I'm going to go out a little bit tonight and check some things out. I think Anthony Mix (former Auburn receiver) is going to come down and take us out to the mall and show us around."

Taylor was a three-year starter at quarterback and defensive back at Carrollton High School, where he was also a star basketball player. After signing with Auburn he redshirted in 2002 as he made the transition to wide receiver. He says he is thankful to the Auburn coaching staff for putting him in the best position to excel.

"I think they did a great job," he says. "I think they put me in a position where I wanted to be. I got invited to the Senior Bowl, which is a great honor. It signifies that I'm one of the top players in the nation and it gives me the opportunity to come down and show the NFL scouts what I can do and what I've done at Auburn all these years.

"I'm grateful to Auburn," Taylor adds. "I love the coaching staff and I thank them for the opportunities they gave me."

Kickoff for the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl is set for 3 p.m. CST on Saturday. All 40,646 tickets for the 58th annual contest have been sold, creating the 13th consecutive sellout for the annual event.

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