Bible Rehabbing His Left Shoulder This Spring

Denton Guyer defensive tackle Taylor Bible has been known to wreak havoc in offensive backfields. This spring, however, Bible is busy rehabbing a left shoulder surgery. Burnt Orange Beat caught up with Bible last night to discuss his progress and get his reaction to the first official Scout 100 release.

It may seem like a long time ago that Taylor Bible became the third commitment of the Texas Longhorn recruiting class of 2010, but in actuality, it is only a little over six weeks ago. Bible, the 6-3, 283-pound defensive tackle, was rated as the #11 prospect in the entire country in yesterday's Scout 100 release. The humble star was excited and somewhat surprised about the honor.

"That makes me feel pretty good. I don't have any words to explain it. All I can really say is, wow," a genuinely surprised Bible said. "People would tell me that I am really good, but I don't think that at all. I just figured I was average."

Clearly, Bible is more than just average. Bible was First Team 5-4A All-District at tight end as a sophomore. He followed up as a junior with First Team All-District honors and Honorable Mention All-State at defensive tackle in 2008. Bible finished with 88 tackles, 42 TFL, 4.5 sacks and 26 hurries as a junior.

Scout.com rates Bible as the #1 junior defensive tackle in the country.

In addition to Scout's accolades, Bible received high praise from another five-star player, senior Mason Walters, who battled Bible in a 2008 playoff game.

Walters told Burnt Orange Beat in December, "He (Bible) is a really good player. Coach (Coach Davis) moved me to right guard in the second quarter to slow him down. I think by the end of the game. We both won some battles but I had a year on him so I got the better of him. He's a great pass rusher. He's violent with his hands and uses his upper body well. I told him after the game, remember when the time comes to ‘Hook'em'."

Walters, who enrolled at Texas at the mid-term, now seems prophetic given that Bible, less than two months later, did remember and committed to Texas.

Bible, after his impressive junior season, had minor surgery on his left shoulder at the beginning of January. Bible is spending his spring rehabbing and will miss his team's spring drills.

"They told me that my ligament was stretched out and they (the doctors) wanted to go in and tighten it back up. I've just been doing PT (physical therapy). The team actually started doing team drills today, and contact stuff starts in the next month," Bible said.

Bible will not be cleared to participate in any of the team drills or contact this spring, but is expected to be cleared for contact early in the summer.

In addition to his rehabilitation schedule, Bible is headed to Austin to join the majority of his committed Longhorns this weekend for a closed scrimmage.

"I am going up to Texas this weekend," Bible added.


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