Steven Taylor Feature Story

Sophomore linebacker, Steven Taylor reached a career-high two sacks for a total loss of 11 yards in the SMU matchup Friday.

“It felt great man, Coach Gibbs dialed up the perfect calls and we were able to execute them and the opportunity presented itself so I just took advantage of the opportunity,” Taylor said.


Prior to Friday’s game, Taylor had only two sacks on the season and now has a total of seven career sacks. Taylor also led Houston with six tackles against the Mustangs.


The native Texan from Cedar Hill was a redshirt freshman in 2012 when he joined the University of Houston roster. While still at Cedar Hill High School, Taylor had more than 100 tackles for his senior year and 17 tackles in a single game.


By the third game of the 2013 season, Taylor had taken over as a starting strongside linebacker. Taylor played in all 13 games with nine starts in 2013, and led all Houston linebackers with five pass breakups.


“I just try to run to the ball at all times, even if the ball isn’t in my vicinity I’m running to it,” Taylor said.


Since David Gibbs took over the Defensive Coordinator position, Houston has had 71 takeaways in 24 games, leading the nation in that span.


“Personally, he’s the best coach that has ever coached me because he teaches you how to be a man and he gets you ready for life, and he’s straight forward with you and that’s what I respect the most,” Taylor said.


Last season Taylor picked off his first career pass against Cincinnati. Taylor says the Cougars are confident as they look to improve to 8-4 on the season, heading into the last regular season matchup of 2014 on the Cincinnati Bearcats’ home turf.

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