Harold Taylor - Letting the beast out

"I knew I was going to break for one, but I didn't know it would be on a pass play." - Harold Taylor

After Harold's incredible performance Saturday versus ECU, I had the opportunity to get his thoughts on the game and more. Enjoy.

DD - What was it different to be the leading receiver this week?
HT - It was exciting. ECU took Vincent out of the game and I told him I had his back, so I just did what a player should do and that's step up.

DD - How did that 49-yarder feel? It sure was sweet from a fan's perspective.
HT - It felt good, being my first collegiate touchdown. I knew I was going to break for one, but I didn't know it would be on a pass play.

DD - Were you aware going into the game that your number was going to be called a little more?
HT - Yeah, Coach Briles preached to me all week to do my best and to go out there and make a name for myself, so I just strapped up and let the beast out.

DD - The first half looked as if we were just missing a little spark, we had great chances, but just could not quite get it done. What was the difference in the second half?
HT - Our attitude. We were a little laid back in the first half, but in the second we knew we had to come out and blow them out of the water, so we just gave it to them.

DD - You said in our last interview that you thought we could win out, do you still feel that way?
HT - YES!!!! I know we can. I have never been around a bunch of guys who have a lot of fight in them when there is nothing to fight for, to me that's what I like about this game.

DD - UAB has been up and down this season, but the Coogs have never won in Alabama, are we peaking here towards the end of the season?
HT - Oh yeah, we are playing the roll of the spoilers for anybody that gets in our way. That will make our season, for us to beat up on a team and see them sit home for the holidays all for the simple fact that the Houston Cougars beat them.

DD - Any more news from CHOPPA?
HT - He's coming back. We talk everyday now and he's handling his business out there in Cali. I just cant wait to see him in red and white with us.

DD - Did your family make it to the game?
HT - Yes. My mom got to see me play for the first time since I've been in college, so it was special for me. I told her that I was going to "act a fool" on the field and I did just that.

DD - The fans feel as though you are the future of our ground game, is there anything that you want to say to the fans?
HT - I don't want to say I'm the future of the ground game because to me being a running back now-a-days you just cant run, you have to catch and block too. The running backs that I look up to like Marshall Faulk, Clinton Portis, and most of all LADAINIAN Tomlinson, are great runners and receivers and have been known to deliver some great blocks. I have to be well rounded to be successful because if a team wants to stop me running they have to still worry about me catching the ball and vise versa. I'll tell you this, I will enjoy bringing some excitement here to UH because I love it.

Harold, you are already bringing some real excitement to all CoogFans and we all wish you nothing but the best. Thanks again for spending a few minutes with CoogFans and we look forward to your play at UAB.

* All images courtesy of Pete Medrano

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