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Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor, starting quarterback Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech HokiesNo. 5
Quarterback Junior
Major: University studies
Date of birth: August 3, 1989 (1989-08-03) (age 20)
Place of birth: Hampton, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career history
High school: Hampton High School,
Hampton, Virginia
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
  • ACC Championship Game MVP (2008)
  • ACC Player of the Week
Stats at Rivals.com

Tyrod Taylor (born August 3, 1989 in Hampton, Virginia) nicknamed "T-Mobile," is the starting quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team. He is now in his junior season.

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High school career

At Hampton High School, Taylor led the team as quarterback, while also becoming the team's kick returner and safety. During his three years as starter, he led the team to a 34-4 record. He accumulated 7,690 yards of offense and scored 100 total touchdowns. He passed for 5,144 yards and 44 touchdowns, while rushing for 2,546 yards and 56 scores.[1]

When Tyrod graduated from Hampton in 2007, he was rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback as Rivals.com. ESPN.com rated him the No. 3 overall quarterback, while Scout.com said he's the nation's seventh-best passer.[2] Taylor, who is 6'-1" and 200 pounds, ran a 4.65-second 40 yard dash.

Taylor narrowed his final two choices down to Virginia Tech and the University of Florida, and eventually chose to attend Virginia Tech.

Taylor was an honor-roll student throughout his career at Hampton.[citation needed]

College career

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Freshman year

During Taylor's freshman year, he shared time for most of the season with the junior quarterback Sean Glennon.

His first action of college football came in the game against the LSU Tigers on September 8, 2007. In that game, Taylor completed 7 of 18 passes for 62 yards, rushed for 44 yards on nine attempts including his first collegiate touchdown.[3] After that game, Tyrod was named the starter by head coach Frank Beamer. In his first collegiate start against Ohio University, Tyrod threw for 287 yards, adding a rushing touchdown.[4]

One of Taylor's early accolades was rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown as well as passing for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns in leading Virginia Tech to its first victory against Florida State in two decades. The win was the first ever for Frank Beamer against FSU coach Bobby Bowden.

On October 13, in the second quarter of a game against Duke University, Taylor suffered a high ankle sprain which forced him to miss two games. Taylor returned in a game at Georgia Tech, but did not start for the rest of the season and rotated time with starter Sean Glennon.

Throughout the season, he accumulated 1,356 total yards, including 927 passing and 429 rushing. He completed 72 of 134 passing attempts, for a completion percentage of 53.7. He scored 11 touchdowns during the year, five passing and six rushing.

Sophomore year

Coming into the 2008 Season, Taylor was intended to be redshirted. After Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina University though, his redshirt was taken off due to Tech's need for more offense. Taylor's first appearance of the season came in the second game of the season against Furman, where he rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown. His first sophomore start came in the following week vs. Georgia Tech.

After starting every game of the 2008 season leading up to the Florida State game on October 25, Tyrod suffered a high ankle sprain on the first play of the VT-FSU game. Sean Glennon relieved Taylor at the quarterback position after this setback. While Glennon got the start versus Miami, Taylor split time with Glennon and lead a crucial fourth quarter to make it a two point game 16-14. However, he was sacked in a crucial 4th and 3 with less than two minutes to go. After the loss, Taylor started against Duke. After committing 5 turnovers in the first half, he was pulled from the game and replaced by Sean Glennon. Taylor then started next week at UVA. He performed well including a 73 yard run. He threw 12 for 18 for 137 yards 1 touchdown while rushing 16 times for 137 yards. He then started in the ACC Championship Game win over Boston College and was named the ACC Championship Game MVP. On January 1 he led his team to an Orange Bowl victory. Taylor now holds an 18-3 career record at Virginia Tech, which is second all time to Michael Vick (21-1) in terms of winning percentage.

College Stats

Year G GS Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yds TD Int Pct Eff Att Yds Avg TD
2007 11 5 72 134 927 5 3 53.7 119.7 102 429 4.2 6
2008 12 10 99 173 1036 2 7 57.2 103.3 147 738 5.0 7
2009 10 10 126 226 2102 13 3 55.8 149.3 88 292 3.3 4
Career 33 25 280 501 3,683 19 13 55.9 125.0 337 1,459 4.3 17
  • Thru (2009 Season)

Personal

Despite his name's similarity to the mechanical component tie rod, there does not appear to be any direct relation.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sean Glennon
Virginia Tech Starting Quarterbacks
2007-2009
Succeeded by
incumbent

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