Jan. 25, 2007
UCLA senior wide receiver Junior Taylor will participate in the first annual Texas Vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge.
The game is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX. The game will be televised by CSTV and will kickoff at 8:00 p.m. MST. Taylor will play for the nation team.
In 2006, Taylor ranked third on the Bruin squad with 28 receptions. His 331 receiving yards ranked third (tied) and his three receiving TDs were third on the squad. He produced 18 first downs and three touchdowns.
Taylor concluded his career ranked 14th in school history with his 104 career receptions and 19th on the all-time school receiving yards list (1,372 yards).
In the 2006 opener, he made two receptions for 22 yards and two first downs. Against Rice, he made four receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown, a nine-yard grab on a fade pattern to give UCLA a 13-0 lead. He accounted for two first downs. He made an eight-yard reception at Washington. Against Stanford, he made one catch for six yards and a first down. He made three receptions for 34 yards, two in double figures and one for a first down, against Arizona. At Oregon, he tied for the team lead with four receptions (38 yards). Three of his receptions produced first downs. At Notre Dame, he made three receptions for 39 yards and two first downs.
Against Washington State, he made three catches for 51 yards and one touchdown. With 1:26 remaining in the first half, he grabbed a pass from Patrick Cowan, split two defenders and raced into the end zone for a 36-yard score and a 15-14 lead. He also produced two first downs (one on the TD) and the 36-yard play was his longest of the year. At California, he made two receptions for 47 yards, including one for 35 yards, and two first downs. He made one reception -- the 100th of his career -- for eight yards and a first down versus Oregon State. At Arizona State, he made two receptions for 14 yards and one first down. He did not make a reception versus USC. In the Emerald Bowl, he made two receptions for 32 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown and a 25-yard reception.