Running back Fred Taylor is a Florida legend. The former Gators star wasn't just an influential running back on the college level in Gainesville, he also remains one of the most beloved players in Jacksonville Jaguars history after a long tenure anchoring the offense of the north Florida team. Even though Taylor now plays his football in New England, the legendary running back is having an impact on the Sunshine State's gridirons, with his son, Kelvin Taylor, picking up where he left off as a Florida prep phenom.
The second Taylor's imprint on Florida football was stamped firmly last weekend, when running back Kelvin Taylor put together a record-setting day at the perfect time, running for 254 yards and five touchdowns on a state championship game-record 44 carries. As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, Taylor's efforts almost singlehandedly led his Glades Day (Fla.) High team to the title in a tight, 42-35 victory against Warner Christian (Fla.) High.
"It's a very great feeling," Taylor told the Sentinel. "I just kept telling my boys, 'Let's go men, we are still in this game.'"
If there were any questions that power running or durability were in Taylor's genes, they should be abated by the underclassman running back's highlights from the title game, which you can see in the clip above, courtesy of the Sentinel.
In fact, the offensive load the running back shouldered was made most clear by the raw statistics. Not only did Taylor finish with 254 yards, he was involved in all but 13 of Glades Day's 58 offensive plays, pulling in one reception in addition to his 44 carries.
While Taylor's big day was impressive, it likely won't be his last, either. The power back is only a sophomore, which means that other Class 1B schools will have two more seasons to try and find a way to stop him ... or at least slow him down.
Of course, watching tape of Warner Christian's attempts might not be the best place to start, though.