J. J. Taylor (American football)
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|Arizona Wildcats – No. 21|
|High school||Centennial HS|
|Born:||January 4, 1998|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Taylor graduated in 2016 from Centennial High School. He named Mr. Football as state’s top offensive player by CalHiSports.com. Also he named All-Inland First Team. He recognized as a Blue-Grey All-American. He gained 2,290 and 44 touchdowns as a senior. He earned a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247 Sports. Taylor had offers from Washington State, Nevada, Ohio, Montana State, Sacramento State and Weber State from the Big Sky Conference as well. Taylor committed to Arizona in 2015.
He played in four games with one career start before going down with an injury as a true freshman. Taylor rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries, even though he barely played in Arizona’s first game of the season against BYU. The best proof came in a two-game stretch where Taylor rushed for a combined 267 yards on 37 carries with two touchdowns, particularly in Arizona’s dominant win over Hawaii in Week 3. Taylor was poised for a breakout freshman season before the injury in Pac-12 opener, which occurred during the Wildcats’ fourth game against Washington. He still totaled 97 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.
Taylor, a redshirt freshman from Corona, Calif., played in all 12 games and was the Pac-12’s top freshman rusher with 828 yards (6.1 yards/carry), averaged 69.0 yards per game, and added five touchdowns. He rushed for a career-best 153 yards on 14 carries (10.9 avg.) with two touchdowns vs. Washington State. Taylor was a major contributor to Arizona’s ground game that averaged 324.4 yards per game (3rd in the FBS) and a school single-season team record 48 rushing touchdowns. Arizona rushed for 300 or more yards seven times, including a pair of 500+ yard games with a UA single-game record 534 yards vs. Oregon State. He was the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Taylor was put on the Doak Walker Award watch list in July 2018. Against Southern Utah, Taylor returned a kickoff for a touchdown. His redshirt sophomore year finished with 1,434 rushing yards and, 49 receiving yards, and 7 total touchdowns.
As a redshirted junior in 2019, Taylor finished with 721 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. On November 19, 2019, Taylor announced that we would forgo his senior year and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 5 1⁄4 in
|28 3⁄4 in
|8 1⁄2 in
|4.61 s||4.15 s||7.00 s||34.5 in
|9 ft 10 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
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- "J.J. Taylor Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 2, 2020.