UT commitment Taylor proves his toughness

High school football players all over the country kicked off their seasons last Friday. InsideTennessee.com will keep up with current University of Tennessee commitments, tracking their progress each week. Go inside this special feature on Atlanta Westlake's Michael Taylor. Taylor started off his senior season with a bang, more ways than one. Go "Inside" for the latest.

One future Tennessee Volunteer got the opportunity last Friday night to show his high school teammates just how tough he was.

Atlanta Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor couldn't understand what all the fuss was about when he came off the football field after being cracked backed by the opposing team's running back.

"Everyone was staring at me," Taylor told InsideTennessee.com Sunday evening. "I asked them what was going on, they told me I had a huge cut on my face. I couldn't even feel it. They told me that I was going to have to have stitches, but I told them it would have to wait. Put a band aid on it so I could finish the game."

Finish the game is just what Taylor did from his linebacker position.

The senior defender finished the night with over 25 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

"It felt like I made almost every tackle," Taylor said. "I had a heck of a game. We lost 15-8, our quarterbacks threw six interceptions."

Taylor was taken to the emergency room after the game where they had to put over eight stitches in his face.

"Hey it's part of the game," Taylor said. "I love football and I love to hit, it's just a part of it."

Taylor, who committed to the Tennessee Volunteers earlier this month, can't wait to attend a Volunteer ballgame.

"I'm so excited about the upcoming season," Taylor said. "I will be going to a lot of UT ballgames."

Taylor is also on track to graduate in December from high school so he can join his future UT teammates.

"I'm excited about starting college early," Taylor said. "It will give me a huge advantage being able to go through spring football. I can't wait to get to Knoxville."

To find out how other UT commitments did in their season opener, go to the Rocky Top News Message Board for several InsideTennessee.com Commitment Tracker updates.

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