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28 total TDs in 2010-11
Taylor, who was second team All Pac-12 in 2011, has rather quietly put up big numbers that attest to his talent and durability.
At 5’11”, 210 lbs, Taylor has athleticism, vision and balance. He's powerful enough to gain tough yards up the middle, and with 4.5 speed, he has a home run burst.
In 2010, he rushed for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He added another 266 yards and a receiving touchdown on 28 receptions.
In 2011, he was even better, averaging 5.5 yards per carry as he totaled 1,330 yards and another 10 touchdowns. He had over 30 carries of 10 or more yards, including a dozen of 20 yards or longer.
For good measure, he scored twice more on receptions and had 25 total catches.
Taylor handled his biggest workload in Stanford’s most crucial 2011 games. In the triple OT victory at USC, he carried 23 times, for 99 yards, and scored twice. In the loss to Oregon, he again rushed 23 times, for 99 yards.
Then, in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State, Taylor set career highs as he ran over, through and around the Cowboys with 35 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Taylor should be a lock for a third 1,000 yard season in 2012, which will put him alongside Darrin Nelson in an elite club of two Cardinal RBs ever to rush for over 1,000 yards three times.