Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #18

Aggie Websider takes a look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. No. 18? Senior WR Earvin Taylor.

He may have the most receptions among the returning wide receivers, but Earvin Taylor will need to step up his game in a big way in 2007 if the Aggies are going to have a shot at the Big 12 Championship.

Last season, Chad Schroeder and L'Tydrick Riley lead the way at receiver, but they've moved on. In 2007, the Aggie offensive attack, at least the aerial assault, will depend in large part on Taylor becoming a go to target for quarterback Stephen McGee. He showed that ability last year against Kansas with a career-high seven catches for 43 yards in a thrilling win on the road. The Aggies will need more performances like that out of Taylor in 2007.

What he's done so far

Taylor saw significant playing time as a true freshman in 2003, playing in all 12 games and hauling in nine passes for 106 yards (11.8 ypc).

In 2004, Taylor ranked third on the team in receptions with 22 catches for 285 yards (13.0 ypc) and two touchdowns. He started eight games in 2004 and began making a name for himself, emerging as one of the go to receivers on the team.

Then in 2005, Taylor broke his leg and was lost for the season after two catches and 81 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown against SMU.

Last year, Taylor was the fourth leading receiver on the team (Schroeder, Bennett, Riley) with 20 catches and 160 yards (8.0 ypc). He started 10 of 12 games and again, showed what he is capable of with his career-high effort of seven receptions against Kansas.

Why he's important

The 6-foot-3, 228 pound fifth-year senior is a big, physical receiver with good speed who should lead the team in receptions at wide receiver this year.

As one of two senior receivers for the Aggies this year, and a probable Leadership Council member, Taylor is a leader on and off the field. It's important that he establish himself as a play maker early on and that McGee sees him as a go to guy, especially in long-yardage situations. Last year, Taylor caught a reception for a first down on 10 of his 20 catches, which bodes well for 2007.

With those kind of clutch performances and 20 career starts already under his belt, 2007 could be a break out year for Taylor, which will also mean a big year for the Aggies.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
18. Earvin Taylor, WR
19. Kirk Elder, OL
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Pierre Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P

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