Early Impact: Kelvin Taylor

The Florida Gators have eight early enrollees on hand for the spring semester including two junior college transfers. Most of them will be expected to make an early impact on a roster that has some questions heading into the fall. The early start can only help the newcomers and that includes under Armour All-American running back Kelvin Taylor who should see plenty of playing time as a freshman.

The running back position was about as thin as it gets coming out of the fall. Only junior-to-be Mack Brown and sophomore-to-be Matt Jones are listed at the position from the 2012 roster. While Jones made some noise at the end of the season, he finished with just 275 yards on the year. That isn't a lot of experience to lean on.

It is a huge deal for Kelvin Taylor to come into school early and get started this spring. The son of Gator Great Fred Taylor, Kelvin actually runs a lot like his father. While he doesn't have quite as much speed as his dad, he has the same build and is the resemblance while running the ball is striking.

What fits well with Taylor is his ability to also move around and find small creases in traffic. Florida like to run the power game when running the ball, but they also like to run a little traditional zone which requires the back to be patient and skate along the line of scrimmage looking for a crease to open to slide through. He can do just that.

Taylor finished second in state high school history in career rushing yards with 10, 868 to his name. He has done this against South Florida and the best talent possible. The kid is ready to show and compete.

FOX Sports NEXT analyst Jamie Newberg had this to say about Taylor in a recent article.

"Taylor runs with speed and power. Taylor is blessed with outstanding instincts, vision and balance. He also does a very nice job of following and hugging his blockers when hitting the hole or taking things outside. Taylor is patient and looks like a complete back that can beat a defense in a variety of ways."

At 5-10 and 205 pounds already, Taylor seems ideally built to play right away at this level and with his pedigree has no doubt learned some things that will better prepare him for the move to Florida.

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