Following his brother's path

Tigers senior Brandon Taylor is looking to duplicate what big brother Curtis Taylor did in 2007.

NEW ORLEANS – History tends to repeat itself, although in the case of the LSU football Taylor brothers, it's in reverse.

Brandon Taylor

When the No. 1-ranked Tigers take the Superdome floor against No. 2 Alabama (11-1) Monday night, senior safety Brandon Taylor will be trying to repeat some family history.

Four years ago, his brother Curtis was a starting safety when LSU plowed past Ohio State 38-24 to win the 2007 BCS National Championship.

A high school senior that day, Brandon Taylor was in the stands with his parents, cheering Curtis on as he picked off a pass late in the third quarter to set up touchdown.

"I was in the stands that night, and it was the loudest game I've ever been to in my life," Brandon Taylor said. "That's a great memory for me."

Now it's time for Curtis to return the favor … sort of.

The four-year NFL veteran will be in New Orleans on Monday and has a ticket to attend the game. But he said he will likely watch the game at a sister's house instead of attending, in part because he doesn't like big crowds.

There's also some anxiety involved.

Curtis Taylor

"I get too nervous watching him play in person," said Curtis, who recently signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. "That's my little brother and I just want him to play great. Last year he got hurt in the Alabama game and I was there. I don't want to jinx him in any way."

While Curtis might not be in the building Monday, he has offered his kid brother advice for how to manage the nerves of the biggest game he's ever played in.

In his four-year career, Curtis was a regular starter in the LSU secondary and recorded 112 tackles and five picks.

"We talked and he just told me to not get overemotional," Brandon Taylor said. "If you do, you can miss tackles or take bad angles. He told me to stay focused and don't get caught up in how big this game is. Just make plays when it's time for me to."

Curtis shrugged off the notion that he needed to give Brandon much advice.

"Brandon knows how to handle his emotions real well," Curtis said. "I didn't really have to give him that much advice. He's a great leader and he knows what he's doing, so I'm sure he can handle it."

That's certainly been the case this season.

In his third year as a starter, Brandon Taylor ranks second on the team with 67 tackles. He has also racked up 6½ tackles for loss, has picked off two passes and defended five others.

Besides his statistics, Brandon Taylor was also chosen to wear No. 18, an honor voted on by teammates and bestowed upon a player recognized for his leadership.

And now younger brother is one victory away from matching what Curtis did.

"It can't get any better than this for our family and hometown (Franklinton)," Curtis Taylor said. "He gets a chance to finish his career with a ring, and I know he wants it bad."


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