50  Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Winchester, TN

High School:
Franklin County HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 295

Position:
Defensive Tackle

Experience:
4L


Career Summary: Lettered for four years as a defensive lineman... Was an All-Conferenece USA selection in 2003 (2nd)... Started all 13 games of the 2003 season at tackle... Was credited with 82 total tackles including 47 solo hits... Also logged a team leading 10 tackles for lost yardage, four quarterback sacks, one pass interception, eight blocked passes and two fumble recoveries in 2003... Returned his pass interception in the Louisville game for 56 yards and a touchdown which led to Memphis' 37-7 win... Had a team hich 10 tackles in the Tigers win over Cincinnatti in '03 which also ranked as a career high... Was voted a permanentteam captain in 2003 and received Tommy West's Top Tiger Award for the 2003 season... Had 30 tackles in 2002 and 32tackles asa sophomore in 2002... Started 24 games in his career despite playing with injuries... Finished his career with 151 career tackles and 20 tackles for lost yardage.

2002: Lettered for the third consecutive season at defensive tackle ... Played in 11 games despite suffering a compound fracture of a finger in the UAB game ... Opened the season with three tackles, one tackle for lost yardage, one forced fumble and one pass break-up in the win over Murray State ... Logged three hits in the Ole Miss game and contributed five solo stops in the Southern Mississippi contest ... Registered four tackles in Memphis's win over Tulane and tallied a season high eight tackles against Cincinnati ... Finished the 2002 season with 30 tackles, three tackles for lost yardage, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble ... Was the starter in five games of the 2002 season ...

2001: Was credited with three tackles against Mississippi State ... Had two tackles in the Louisville game and three each in the Tigers win over Southern Mississippi and Houston ... Registered a season high six tackles in the UAB game and matched that with six tackles against Tennessee in Neyland Stadium ... Had a career high five solo hits in the UAB contest ... Closed the season with five tackles in the win over Army and had four stops in the Cincinnati contest ... Completed the 2001 season with 32 total tackles, four tackles for lost yardage (-7), one quarterback sack (-1), two pass break ups and one forced fumble ... Received the Chris Faros Most Improved Player Award for defense in the spring of 2001 ...

2000: Lettered as a true freshman ... Appeared in six games for Memphis working as a defensive tackle ... Logged his first career tackle against Southern Mississippi ... Had three tackles including a tackle for lost yardage against Southern Mississippi ... Had two tackles, both tackles for lost yardage in the UAB contest ... Logged two tackles in the Cincinnati game ... Finished the season with seven tackles, three tackles for lost yardage and one quarterback hurry ... Was nominated for the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ...

Prep: Played linebacker and tight end at Franklin County High in Winchester (TN) ... Was an all-region selection in 1998 and 1999 ... Was named to the Nashville Tennessean's All-Midstate Team in 1999... Was named to the 1999 Tennessee all-State team (honorable mention) ... Was the MVP at Franklin County High for the past two years ... After missing two games with a ligament sprain in his knee registered 95 tackles over the remaining eight contests ... Had 50 solo tackles and 45 assisted stops ... Also logged one pass interception ... As a tight end he caught five passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns in 1999 ... Averaged 14.8 yards per catch ... During the 1998 season he caught eight passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns ... Recorded 86 tackles as a junior with 35 solo hits ... Logged two pass interceptions as a junior ... Visited Alabama and South Carolina ... Also lettered in basketball ... Average 17 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior ...

Born: 12/14/81 ... Played for coach Harold Roberts at Franklin County High ... Is the son of Willis and Delores Taylor.

TAYLOR' CAREER STATISTICS

Defense G/S UT AT Tot. FR Int Loss Sack
2000 6/0 4 3 7 0 0 3-10 0-0
2001 11/6 23 9 32 0 0 4-7 1-1
2002 12/5 15 15 30 0 0 3-6 1-2
2003 13/13 47 35 82 2 1 10-62 4-42
Totals 42/24 89 62 151 2 1 20-85 6-45

TAYLOR'S CAREER STATISTICS
Most tackles/Game: 8 vs Cincinnati (`02)
Most solo tackles/Game: 5 vs Tennessee (`01) & Southern Miss (`02)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 4 vs Cincinnati (`02)
Most tackles for loss/Game: 1 vs seven opponents
Most Pass Break-ups/Game: 1 vs Murray State & Ole Miss (`02)

Game-By-Game Review

Defense Opponent UT AT TT TFLs QB FR PB Int/Yds
8/31/02 Murray State 1 2 3 1/3 0/0 0 1 0/0
9/7/02 Ole Miss 1 2 3 0/0 0/0 0 1 0/0
9/14/02 Southern Miss 5 0 5 1/2 1/2 0 0 0/0
9/21/02 Tulane 2 2 4 1/1 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/28/02 UAB 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/19/02 Mississippi State 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/26/02 Cincinnati 4 4 8 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/2/02 Houston 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/9/02 South Florida 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/23/02 Army 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/30/02 TCU 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0-0
9/3/01 Miss State 3 0 3 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/8/01 UT-Chattanooga 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/22/01 South Florida 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/29/01 Louisville 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/6/01 Southern Miss 2 1 3 1/1 0/0 0 1 0/0
10/13/01 Houston 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/20/01 East Carolina 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/27/01 UAB 5 1 6 1/3 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/10/01 Tennessee 4 2 6 1/1 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/17/01 Army 3 2 5 1/2 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/24/01 Cincinnati 4 0 4 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/9/00 UL-Monroe 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/16/00 Arkansas.State 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/23/00 Army 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
9/30/00 Southern Miss 3 0 3 1/2 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/7/00 East Carolina 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/14/00 UAB 2 0 2 2/5 0/0 0 0 0/0
10/21/00 Houston 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/4/00 Tennessee 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/11/00 Cincinnati 2 0 2 1/5 0/0 0 0 0/0
11/18/00 Tulane 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0/0

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