Wednesday, May 30, 2012

94 Josh Taylor

Hometown: Miramar, FL
Career: 2008-2011
Record: 37-15, Bowl Record: 2-2 including a BCS win
Not quite who you (the reader) would expect at this spot in the countdown? Well, unfortunately not every number in WVU football history has a deep pool to select from. That is the case with #94. Regardless, the countdown must go on.
Today’s selection is Josh Taylor. Never a consistent starter for the Mountaineers, Taylor was a depth player along the defensive front for WVU. Taylor’s best campaign was his sophomore season (2009), when Taylor frequently rotated in at DT and NT for the Mountaineers in running situations. Taylor’s contributions helped make Coach Casteel’s defenses routinely one of the bet units in college football, especially the spectacular 2010 unit.
Memorable Game: While Taylor might not have had a very memorable career at WVU, he did have some good performances. His most memorable effort came in a road game against Syracuse in 2009. Taylor may have only registered 2 tackles in the win, but he did come up with the lone turnover for the defense, intercepting a pass. The 34-13 win over the Orange moved WVU’s record to 4-1 on the season.
Competition: Realistically, the selection for #94 should have been Chris Parker, however, I could not find any image of Chris Parker online. Parker was a stout defensive tackle for Don Nehlen during the late 80’s. After my exhaustive search of the internet could not yield an image of Parker, I settled in on Josh Taylor as my selection. Some other notables at #94 are Keith Morris and Gary Tillis.
Teaser: I promise that tomorrow’s selection will be a home-run. This player had some ups and downs through-out his career at WVU, but in the end, the fruits of his labor helped motor WVU to national championship contenders. Just like Scooter (of Muppets fame) said of Mr. Bass Man, this player just had that certain something.

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