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  Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor

Player Profile

Salinas, CA

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 220




2007 -- This redshirt senior ranked third on the team with 80 tackles in 12 games (12 starts) ... He ranked second on the squad with 12.5 tackles for loss and was 12th (tied) in the Pac-10 (1.14) ... He was on the pre-season Watch Lists of the Butkus and Lombardi Awards ... He was the defensive winner of UCLA's N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership ... In the opener at Stanford, he made six tackles (four solos) and had one for loss ... Against BYU, he made six solo tackles ... At Utah, he made six tackles (two solos), including one for loss ... He made four stops (three solos) versus Washington ... At Oregon State, he made four tackles (three solos) and recovered a fumble at the OSU five-yard line to set up UCLA's first touchdown ... Against Notre Dame, he made six tackles (four solos), including two for loss ... In the win over California, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (six solos), including three for loss ... He also suffered a concussion on the play prior to Alterraun Verner's interception and did not play at Washington State ... At Arizona, he led the team with 10 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss ... He made six tackles, including three solos, versus Arizona State ... He also had a sack on which he caused a fumble in the fourth quarter that UCLA recovered at the Sun Devil 28-yard line ... In the victory over Oregon, he made a career-high 13 tackles, including nine solos ... He made one sack for seven yards and a total of 3.5 tackles for loss ... Against USC, he made three solo tackles ... In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made six tackles (two solos) and recovered one fumble.

2006 -- Played in all 13 games, missing only one start (Oregon) due to an ankle sprain ... Ranked second on the team in tackles (83), third in sacks (4.5), third in tackles for loss (13.5) ... Fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.04 per game) and 16th in tackles (6.38) ... Co-winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player ... Played at least 50 snaps in 12 games and at least 60 eight times ... Made his second career start versus Utah in the 2006 season opener and was credited with two tackles while helping hold the Utes to 287 yards total offense ... Led squad with eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss, and also broke up one pass versus Rice ... At Washington, he made four tackles (two solos), including one sack and a second for loss ... Against Stanford, he made four tackles (two solos) ... He also recorded a sack and outfought a Stanford receiver for an interception ... Made five tackles (two solos) in the first half against Arizona but did not play in the second half due to a sprained left ankle ... Came off the bench at Oregon and made nine tackles, including 1.5 for losses, to tie for the team lead ... At Notre Dame, he started and led the Bruins with 10 tackles (three solos), including 1.0 for losses, and broke up one pass ... Made seven tackles (five solos), including one sack and a second for loss versus Washington State ... Made five tackles (three solos) at California ... Against Oregon State, he made five solo tackles, including one sack (eight yards) and a second stop behind the line for a loss ... At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including one-half sack ... Made a team-high 11 tackles, including seven solos, against USC ... Combined with Alterraun Verner on a key fourth-down stop for a loss on the first play of the fourth quarter that led to a field goal which made the score 13-9 ... Also broke up two passes ... Against Florida State, he made eight tackles (six solos), including two for loss.

2005 -- In his first season of action, Taylor played in all 12 games, starting once (USC) ... Finished the year with 43 tackles, tied for sixth on the squad ... Came off the bench to make two tackles versus San Diego State in his first action as a Bruin ... Against Rice, he made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss ... Scooped up an Owl fumble in the fourth quarter and returned it four yards for a touchdown ... Made one tackle against Oklahoma ... Played against Washington, California and Washington State but was not credited with a tackle ...Made four tackles, including three solos, versus Oregon State ... At Stanford, he contributed six tackles, including four solos ... Totaled two tackles at Arizona ... Came off the bench to make six tackles (four solos) against Arizona State ... Made first career start against USC and recorded six tackles, including four solos ... Led the Bruins with 12 tackles, including seven solos, in Sun Bowl against Northwestern ... Member of the special teams units for kickoff coverage and kickoff return.

2004 -- Transferred to UCLA from the Air Force Academy ... Sat out the 2004 season following the transfer ... Practiced well and was the defensive winner of UCLA's Charles Pike Memorial Award for Scout Team Player of the Year.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played three seasons of varsity football for coach Mark Ironside at Salinas, CA HS ... Saw action at strong safety and running back ... Named All-Central Coast Section and All-Nor Cal for football ... Named All-League and All-County for football, basketball and volleyball ... Served as team captain for football and volleyball ... Named team MVP in football and volleyball ... Team won the Central Coast Section Div. II championship in 2002 ... Played two seasons of volleyball as an outside hitter and one of basketball as a forward.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Christian Steven Taylor ... Born: March 26, 1985 in Boston, MA ... Parents: Steve and Kathy Taylor ... Has one brother, Kyle, and one sister, Meghan, who both attended UCLA ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as posting a win over his rival school in football during his senior season for the first time in over 20 years ... Hobbies include ping-pong, snowboarding and guitar ... NFL star John Lynch is the player after whom he patterns his style of play ... Lists missionary work as his career objective ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2006 ... History major.

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Career Highs
Tackles: 12 vs. Northwestern, 2005
Tackles for loss: 2 vs. Washington STate, 2006; Oregon State, 2006; Florida State, 2006

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