Player Profile: Taylor Reich

Patrick profiles SMU offensive lineman Taylor Reich in the latest Pony Stampede player profile.

Position: Offensive lineman
Size: 6-6, 309 pounds
Year: Senior (one-year letterman)
High school: Westview (Calif.)
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Recruitment

Taylor Reich was a three-star recruit in the class of 2011 and Scout’s 123rd-ranked offensive tackle (seventh in California). He was named second-team All-Palomar League as a senior in 2010. Reich was part of former SMU offensive line coach Adrian Klemm’s six-man California haul of 2011. He chose SMU offer offers from Nevada and UTEP.

2014 recap

Reich played in six games (no starts), seeing action at guard. He saw a decent amount of snaps in those six games because of SMU’s rotation on a struggling offensive line, but didn’t show much and looked a little slow as he adjusted to speed of the college game and displaying average athleticism. Redshirt juniors usually do not have make such an adjustment, but Reich did because last season was his first season of regular season game action. He redshirted in 2011, missed 2012 with a leg injury and did not play in any games in 2013.
Grade: D+ (on a limited sample size)

2015 outlook

Reich started the spring playing with the first-team offense, but found himself running with the second- and third-team offense at the end of spring practice. Given SMU’s struggles on the interior line, Reich will see plenty of snaps in training camp and may even get a look as a starter, but it’s unlikely he’ll be the among the first to get a crack at a starting guard spot because of his spring struggles. Reich has plus size at 6-6 and 309 pounds and has shown strength, but he’s still a little slow off the ball. The best-case scenario is that Reich reaps the benefits from the offseason strength and conditioning program and looks smoother, more athletic and faster. If he fulfills that, he’d provide depth at a position that really needs it and could start some games in a pinch. But if SMU finds itself in a situation where he needs to start, it’s probably not the best sign.


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