Vincent Taylor Among Nation's Best

Cowboys defensive tackle Vincent Taylor is not only putting together an All-Big 12 type of season but could also attract All-America recognition.

Only two Oklahoma State players have been selected as a First Team All-Big 12 selection at defensive tackle during the 20-year existence of the conference. Kevin Williams received all-conference recognition in 2002 and Calvin Barnett was honored following the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

But that list is about to grow. Vincent Taylor is having the type of season that is not only going to earn him All-Big 12 recognition but could also gain the attention of those voting on All-America teams.

The 6-3, 310-pound junior from San Antonio was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after piling up six tackles and setting new career highs with 2.5 sacks and 3 tackles for loss in last weekend’s 37-20 victory over No. 10 West Virginia inside Boone Pickens Stadium. He also forced a fumble, which Cole Walterscheid picked up and returned to the Mountaineer 8-yard line, and broke up a pass.

He added a 17-yard sack and teamed up with Vili Leveni on another sack later in the game.

“When I think of him I think of his dominance,” said Leveni. “He’s a big guy, and he can really overpower any O-lineman. So yeah, dominance is definitely the first thing I think of when I think of him.”

For the season, Taylor has 30 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, two fumbles forced and leads the nation with three blocked kicks (his four career blocks is just one shy of the school record). Taylor is a midseason first-team All-Big 12 selection by ESPN.com.


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