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Junior Taylor

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Mesa, AZ

High School:
Mesa

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 202

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
03/08/1982

Experience:
4V

10/28/2006

Washington State at UCLA - October 28, 2006

Washington State at UCLA - October 28, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)

UCLA -- The veteran of the receiving corps ... Should be ready for Fall camp after missing the final nine games of last season due to an injury to his left knee ... Enters his senior campaign with 76 career receptions and ranks 20th on UCLA's career chart ... Also ranks 23rd with 1,041 receiving yards ... Can play both split end and flanker ... Provides quality leadership to the receiving corp ... Very team oriented in his approach to the game and loves to make the big play.

2005 -- Taylor missed virtually the entire 2005 season (his true senior year) after being injured on the second play (a 16-yard reception) of the Oklahoma game ... Underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and missed the remainder of the season ... Granted a substitute year of eligibility following his medical hardship petition ... Started all three games in which he saw action ... Did not make a catch in the season opener at San Diego State ... Caught five passes in the Rice game for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns (39 and 10 yards) ... Made one catch versus Oklahoma prior to his injury.

2004 -- Enjoyed a breakout season ... Started 11 of 12 games, missing only against Stanford ... Tied for second on the team with 32 receptions and 463 yards (14.5 avg.) ... Had 17 first downs ... His mark of 38.6 yards per game ranked 19th in the Pac-10, while his 2.67 receptions per game ranked T-22nd ... Earned UCLA's George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player against USC ... Started the season-opener against Oklahoma State, but did not make a reception ... At Illinois, he made two catches for 34 yards, producing first downs with both ... At Washington, he made four receptions for 41 yards -- all in the second half ... Made a key third-down reception for a first down on UCLA's fourth quarter field goal drive ... Made an 18-yard catch-and-run on third down in UCLA's final possession, to help run more than five minutes off the clock ... Against San Diego State, he made three catches for 16 yards ... Against Arizona, he made three receptions for 21 yards ... At Cal, he made two receptions for 15 yards ... At Arizona State, he tied for the team lead with five receptions for 63 yards ... Against Stanford, he made three receptions for 29 yards ... Against Washington State, he made two receptions for 29 yards, including a long of 20 ... At Oregon, he caught a third-down slant pass at the Bruin 25 and raced untouched to the end zone for an 83-yard third-quarter touchdown, the seventh-longest pass completion in UCLA history ... On the day, he made two catches for 97 yards ... Against USC, he made five receptions for a team-high 89 yards, all in the second half, and three first downs ... His 20-yard reception set up Manuel White's touchdown run and he made a 39-yard catch on UCLA's fourth-quarter touchdown drive ... In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made a 29-yard touchdown catch to get the Bruins on the scoreboard.

2003 -- Appeared in all 13 games and started twice ... Finished the year ranked fourth on the team with 24 receptions, good for 302 yards (12.6 avg.) and one touchdown ... His 302 yards ranked third on the squad ... Against Colorado, he made two catches for eight yards ... Had one catch for five yards against Illinois ... Caught two passes for 13 yards at Oklahoma ... Made a career-high seven catches for 110 yards in a starting role against San Diego State ... Scored UCLA's first touchdown against the Aztecs with a 41-yard scoring grab ... Also ran 10 yards on a reverse ... Five of his catches were for first downs ... Made one reception for 38 yards versus Washington ... At Arizona, he made four catches for 44 yards ... In the win over Cal, he made two catches for 49 yards, including a 21-yard grab on UCLA's first touchdown scoring drive and a 28-yard catch on the touchdown drive at the start of the second half ... Against Arizona State, he made two catches for 14 yards ... Made two catches for 17 yards at Stanford ... Also had one rushing attempt for three yards ...Suffered a hip pointer against Washington State and did not make a reception ... Played against Oregon, but did not make a catch ... Made one catch for four yards at USC ... Started against Fresno State, but did not make a catch ... Played at least 30 snaps in 10 games, including a best of 48 versus San Diego State.

2002 -- Saw action in all 13 games and started three times, including the last two contests ... On the year, he made 14 catches for 167 yards and one touchdown ... Had four rushing attempts for 103 yards and one touchdown ... Scored the first touchdown of the season for the Bruins, on his first career touch of the football, when he went 49 yards on a reverse ... It marked the first offensive touchdown by a true freshman since DeShaun Foster versus USC in 1998 ... Against Colorado, he made the first two receptions of his career for 29 yards and added a 10-yard run on a reverse ... Had a 16-yard reception at San Diego State ... At Cal, he gained six yards on a reverse ... At Washington, his 38-yard run on a 'swinging gate' play led to a UCLA field goal ... Caught two passes for six yards at Arizona ... Made an 11-yard catch in the USC game during a fourth quarter touchdown drive ... Started at split end against Washington State and made four catches for 86 yards ... Caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Drew Olson with 41 seconds remaining in the first half ...Caught four passes for 19 yards vs. New Mexico.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three varsity letters in football for coach Bill McKane at Mesa, AZ HS ... Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 14 WR) ... PrepStar All-American (No. 3 WR in West) ... PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 18 prospect) ... Rated nation's No. 10 WR by FoxStudentSports.com ... SuperPrep All-American (No. 16 WR) ... SuperPrep All-Far West/Arizona (No. 4 prospect) ... Tom Lemming All-American (No. 93 prospect) and All-West (No. 15 prospect) ... Member of rivals 100 (No. 81 prospect) ... Student Sports Top 100 (No. 57 prospect) ... Member of Dallas Morning News Top 100 ... Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (eight votes) ... Rated nation's No. 11 WR by rivals.com ... As a senior, he made 49 receptions for 689 yards and seven touchdowns ... Scored three touchdowns on punt returns and averaged 55 yards per return ... Had eight rushes for 145 yards and completed his only passing attempt ... Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 43.2 yards per return ... Made eight interceptions on defense and had 45 tackles ... Named All-State on offense and defense ... Selected All-Republic, All-Tribune, All-Informant, All-City and All-Region first-team on both sides of the ball ... Team was City and Regional champs ... Selected for and played in the first national High School All-Star game in Dallas, TX ... Chosen to play in the Arizona North/ South All-Star game ... Named Arizona Southwest Offensive Player of the Year ... Winner of the Best Receiver in the State award ... In 1999, he made 41 receptions for 973 yards and eight touchdowns for a run-oriented team ... Rushed 15 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns ... Completed all three passing attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns ... Had a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ... On defense, he was credited with 50 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles ... As a sophomore, he caught 13 balls for 228 yards ... Rushed seven times for 54 yards and had one pass completion for a 46-yard touchdown ... On defense, he had 23 tackles, four sacks and blocked four punts and three field goals ... Holds the school record for most catches in a game (13), longest punt return (70 yards), longest kickoff return (101 yards - a state record) and longest pass reception (75 yards) ... Also lettered in track and basketball for coaches Gary Butler and Sean Lynch.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Clinton Marcus Taylor ... Born: March 8, 1982 in Iowa ... Parents: Clinton and Wardaine Taylor ... Has one brother, De, and one sister, Niya ... His most memorable moment in sports came in high school when he blocked a kick and his brother recovered the ball and scored a touchdown ... Patterns his style of play after NFL receiver Randy Moss ... Member of the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2004, Spring 2004 and Winter 2006 ... History major/Education minor.

Varsity Statistics - J. Taylor
Receiving

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

2002

14

167

11.9

1

39

2003

24

302

12.6

1

41

2004

32

463

14.5

2

83

2005

6

109

18.2

2

39

Totals

76

1,041

13.7

6

83

Career Highs:
Catches: 7 vs. San Diego State, 2003
Receiving Yards: 110 vs. San Diego State, 2003
Receiving Touchdowns: 1, in multiple games, last vs. Wyoming, 2004


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