Taylor ready to make major impact at Faulkner
by LaVonte Young
After seeing limited playing time last season as a freshman, Josh Taylor is preparing to make a major impact next fall at Faulkner.

“It was a great experience for me,” Taylor said. ”I came in and I got the chance to start a game. It was a big change in my life and my family life. It gave me a chance to taste college football at its best. Faulkner has a great program and a great community surrounded by Montgomery. I felt like I really had a chance to show my skills and the coaches gave me a chance to make plays when it was time to make plays.”

Taylor had eight receptions for 88 yards in his first season at Faulkner. He said training with his former coaches has really helped him this off-season.

“Going into fall camp I look to come in a lot stronger and faster than I was coming in as a freshman. I had the opportunity to sit behind a great wide receiver. With me coming home this summer, Coach (Sheroderick) Smith did a great job getting me stronger and faster, so when I come into fall camp I can make plays that I wasn’t making as a freshman. At the collegiate level it’s not so much athletic ability, it’s a mind game. You have to know the game and I had a great chance to sit back and see a lot of things that I wouldn’t have gotten to see if I was playing. I just thank God for letting me sit behind a great receiver to see him make mistakes and see me make my mistakes. It’s just molding me into a great receiver.”

Former Winterboro head coach Adam Fossett has also helped Taylor train this summer.

“Coach Fossett has been working with me also,” he said. “He was the first coach I worked out with. I just want to thank him for helping me and opening up the field. He is not at Winterboro anymore, but he opened his arms and allowed me to come down there to work out when I needed to. I feel like anytime I call Coach Fossett he comes through for me. I just want to thank him, Coach Smith and Coach (Johnny) Johnson for being there with me and helping me do what I need to do to get better.”

With a different offensive system that was installed this spring, Taylor feels like he will have a chance to make a big impact on the offense.

“The offense is changing, so it is going to put me in a better position to make plays,” Taylor said. “They are moving me around a little bit and letting me get a different taste of different positions on different sides. I just want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play this great game of football. A lot of guys don’t get this opportunity that I have whether it be because of grades or injury. I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to play this great game of football.”

Taylor has focused on constantly working on his game this summer.

“The coaches really stressed to me just to come home and grind,” Taylor said. “I really have been in grind mode. Coach Smith did great job of working around my schedule and giving me time to get on the field, the weight room or whatever I need to do. I know he is the right man to get me stronger, faster and quicker.”

Taylor trusts his college coaches to play him at a position where he will be productive.

“I looked at it going into college I felt like I was an athlete,” Taylor said. “I felt like no matter where they put me on the field I felt like my athletic ability would be able to handle whatever they need me to play. Playing wide receiver, I like it more. I don’t have to take the punishment of a running back or the punishment I took in high school. I can just get five or 10 yards and move the chains.”

Taylor is hoping to build off a productive spring heading into the 2013 season.

“I made some plays during spring during some scrimmages,” Taylor said. “I made some catches and during a game I had a touchdown. I had a pretty good spring.

“I’m looking for that good spring to carry over to the fall, Taylor said. “I plan going back to fall camp looking to be one of the top five wide receivers coming in this fall. I feel like I can make more plays than I did last year. I have a year of experience under my belt and I feel like when I come in this fall I’ll be able make more plays than I did last year.”

Taylor began summer classes recently and stays focused on his work in the classroom.

“School is going good,” Taylor said. “I am enrolled in summer class. I actually start those on July 6. Classes are going pretty good. I’m majoring in Sports Management.”

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