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21 days to Gator football! #21 Fred Taylor

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    #21 Frederick Antwon Taylor hails from the Gator talent hotbed Pahokee, Florida, where he initially played linebacker before switching to tailback. By the time he arrived in Gainesville to play for Steve Spurrier‘s Gators he was an already accomplished running back, having been named to the FHSAA “Top 100 Greatest Players” list. Fred immediately made an impact on the Gators with his unique blend of size, agility, and power, helping them win the Bowl Alliance National Championship in 1996 and earning himself 1st-team All-SEC honors, Walter Camp All-American recognition, and team MVP selection. He was a key member of the 1996 Bowl Alliance national championship team, and three SEC championship teams. He was so good that he helped usher fellow running back Elijah Williams to switch to defensive back. He is the #4 in school history with 3,075 yards, and 31 touchdowns.

    Fred was a first-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1998 NFL Draft. Fred played with the Jags from 1998 to 2008 before spending the last two years of his career with the New England Patriots. He was a selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, and was inducted to the Pride of the Jaguars ring of honor in 2012.

    His impact on Gator lore was enough for him to be inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame in 2008 and the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 2010. His son, Kelvin, joined the Florida Gators in 2013 after a successful high school career where he broke fellow Gator Emmitt Smith's high school records that had been standing since 1986.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2019
  2. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Man, if there's one thing your player/days-to-go countdown really underlines E- it's how strong we were at RB, year in/year out during our rise through the 80s AND after. It's interesting how Coach Mullens immediately concentrated on rebuilding that fortress of talent, toughness and durability soon as he got here. At this point, though we may not have quite the depth and experience we've had last coupla seasons as a result, it's possible that the guy we'll be relying on more this time, Perrine, might just be the best all around of the recent bunch, more like a Fred Taylor in his combination of strength, speed, and moves. There are some flashy potential breakout stars among the younger group now coning along behind him, but all of the above PLUS his seeming durability will likely be put somewhat to the test here: He'll have a chance to rack up some impressive total yards in this offense, as a result.
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  3. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    Exactly. Florida used to be a candidate for Running Back University, RBU. Nowadays, we are not in the top 10: https://www.gatorenvy.com/threads/university-of-floridas-rankings-as-dbu-qbu-rbu-and-lbu.20253/.

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