Sean Taylor Ready To Step Up

Sean Taylor couldn't have come up with a better conclusion to the season for the University of Miami football team. There isn't much to complain about when you're part of a team that finishes with an undefeated season and national championship trophy.

But the former standout from Miami Gulliver Prep played sparingly as a freshman in a Miami secondary that featured the likes of Ed Reed, Phillip Buchanon, James Lewis and Mike Rumph and was considered by many the best in the country.

"I learned a lot from those guys, but not playing much is never fun no matter what," said Taylor, after the first day of UM spring practice at Greentree Field Monday afternoon. "This year is going to be a lot different. The eyes of the entire country is going to be on us."

Taylor clearly has been well-versed on the Hurricanes situation in the secondary.

The Hurricanes will be playing with a revamped secondary after losing their top five defensive backs from the team that beat Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl last January. They are all gone, leaving many to question just how effective the Hurricanes will be. Taylor, a sophomore, along with cornerbacks Antrel Rolle and Alfonso Marshall are expected step into the positions and make an impact.

"Everybody is expecting us to be the weak link on the team, but we feel we have another year under our belts so we should be considered inexperienced," said Taylor, who made 26 tackles last season.

Taylor feels that his time under the likes of Reed and some of the other veterans a year ago will no doubt serve as a advantage for the upcoming season.

"Basically those guys weren't afraid to fail and just went on the field with the mentality of making plays. That's the same approach he have to take out there. This a good group here and the potential to be very good."

Taylor is still trying to adjust to all the off the field work he has to put in. In high school, Taylor was used to watching a lot game film. But nothing like what the college game requires.

"Here they just break it down a lot more. In my case, I have to be aware of the quarterback. The receivers and also filling the gap. That's a lot of responsibility."

A responsibility that he is looking forward to.

"I want to prove I belong at this level. I just have to work hard. Nothing is going to be handed over to me."

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