Spotlight On Brad Taylor

Baylor sophomore Brad Taylor came to Baylor as a quarterback out of Madisonville High School in Madisonville, Texas. Brad Taylor is now one of nine returning offensive starters for the 2008 Bears since making the switch to wide receiver. Come in to see BearsIllustrated.com's spotlight on Brad Taylor.

Brad Taylor was Madisonville High School's starting quarterback when he was just a sophomore. His size and speed allowed him to have an athletic advantage over many of the opposing defenses. His size and speed still afford him that opportunity, however he does it now receiving passes instead of throwing them.

Although Brad Taylor made the switch to receiver last year, he seemed to be adjusting to the position change during the season. While the 603 235 athlete made strides, this year is perhaps the year he sets himself apart. While still learning the position, Taylor was the team's third leading receiver last season with 35 receptions. Additionally, Taylor was ranked second on the roster in yards per game, averaging 42.3 yards per contest, and yards on the season with 465 yards. So what makes Taylor a candidate for BearsIllustrated.com's Breakout Player of the Year?

Baylor, with the arrival of new head coach Art Briles, has changed its offensive scheme from a year ago. Gone is the "Air Raid" offense and in is a spread offense which uses more misdirection and play action. Taylor,who has made the switch to tight end from inside receiver this season, will likely be lined up more in redzone situations than before. The liklihood of an increase in redzone touches and touchdown receptions increases with this possibility, as well as the possibility of Taylor taking on linebackers in coverage rather than cornerbacks. With Taylor's speed, he should be able to get through the initial wave of defense easier than last year when he was lined up at receiver.

While Taylor's overall numbers may be lower, BearsIllustrated.com expects the touchdown numbers to increase making Taylor a valuable instrument in this offense. Also allowing Taylor to become a candidate for Breakout Player of the Year.

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