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Devin Darnell Taylor (born November 15, 1989) is an American football defensive end who plays for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL. He played college football at South Carolina, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Devin Taylor
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Taylor in 2014
Tampa Bay Vipers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1989-11-15) November 15, 1989 (age 30)
Lady's Island, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:267 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school:Beaufort
(Beaufort, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 132
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-SEC (2010)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:94
Sacks:15.0
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Taylor was born on Lady's Island, South Carolina. He attended Beaufort High School, where he helped lead his Beaufort Eagles to the Class AAAA state championship game his senior year. He recorded 110 tackles with 10 quarterback sacks and 19 tackles for a loss during his senior campaign, and was recognized with first-team all-state selections from the Associated Press and The State. He recorded 80 tackles and four sacks as a junior. Taylor also lettered in basketball and track and field. As a senior, he won the Class 4A state title in the triple jump with a leap of 48 feet 3 inches.[1]

College careerEdit

Taylor received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of South Carolina, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks football team from 2008 to 2012. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2008. He started the first five games but split playing time with Clifton Geathers for the duration of the 2009 season. Taylor earned recognition as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in his first career college football game against NC State.[2] In his first career college snap, Taylor forced a fumble that was recovered by the Gamecocks, which led to the only touchdown of the game. On NC State's second possession, he blocked a punt. He finished the game with six tackles (three for a loss), two forced fumbles, and a sack. In the 2009 season he recorded a total of 28 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks.[1]

As a sophomore, Taylor started all 14 games and led USC defensive linemen with 46 tackles, including thirteen tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He also led the team with eight pass breakups and eleven quarterback hurries. He scored a touchdown on a 24-yard interception return at Tennessee, which coupled with two fumble recoveries earned him recognition as SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.[3] Taylor, along with teammates Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Lattimore, was a first-team selection for the 2010 Associated Press All-SEC team.[4]

Taylor started all 13 games for the 2011 Gamecocks, accruing 42 tackles and six sacks. He also had an interception returned for a touchdown in a loss against Arkansas.[5] In 2012 Taylor started all 13 games, and logged 40 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was also credited with five pass breakups and three hurries.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit LionsEdit

The Detroit Lions selected Taylor in the fourth round, with the 132nd overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.[6]

On December 3, 2015, Taylor was involved in a controversial penalty call, where he was flagged for a face mask on Aaron Rodgers. The Packers would score on a game-winning Hail Mary after the call.

In 2016, Taylor started all 16 games recording 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He was not re-signed after the season and became an unrestricted free agent.

New York GiantsEdit

On May 25, 2017, Taylor signed with the New York Giants.[7] He was released on September 2, 2017.[8] He was re-signed by the Giants on October 31, 2017.[9] He was released on November 14, 2017.[10]

Birmingham IronEdit

In 2018, Taylor signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season.[11] Taylor recorded his first sack in the startup league in a Week 3 victory against the Atlanta Legends, forcing a fumble in the process. The league ceased operations in April 2019.[12]

Tampa Bay VipersEdit

Taylor was drafted in the 10th round during phase three in the 2020 XFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Vipers.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Taylor is related to Joe Frazier on his mother's side. Taylor stated he never met Frazier before his death, but in 2011 he said, "I've heard a bunch of different stories and stuff growing up from my mom and aunts who knew him".[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b South Carolina Gamecocks bio[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Gamecocks and Tigers Renew Rivalry Saturday Archived 2011-08-17 at the Wayback Machine 27 November 2009. gamecocksonline.cstv.com
  3. ^ Ken Slats Beaufort's Taylor Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (with video) Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine 1 November 2010. WSAV Sports
  4. ^ Chris Low Auburn dominates AP All-SEC team 6 December 2010. ESPN.com
  5. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/382777/devin-taylor
  6. ^ http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2013/4/28/4278846/2013-nfl-draft-devin-taylor-lions-pick
  7. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 25, 2017). "Giants add defensive depth with DE Devin Taylor, Safety Duke Ihenacho". Giants.com.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 2, 2017). "New York Giants announce 2017 53-man roster". Giants.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (October 31, 2017). "Giants re-sign DE Devin Taylor, place DE Nordly Capi on IR". Giants.com.
  10. ^ Eisen, Michael (November 14, 2017). "Giants roster moves: Keenan Robinson placed on IR; Three players signed". Giants.com.
  11. ^ Inabinett, Mark. "Birmingham Iron adds Xzavier Dickson, Brandon Greene to roster". al.com. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  12. ^ Michael Rothstein, Seth Wickersham (June 13, 2019). "Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN DRAFT TRACKER". XFL.com. October 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "5 things to know about Giants DE Devin Taylor, who is related to a boxing legend". NJ.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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