Can Halfback Kelvin Taylor Be as Good as His Father For the Florida Gators?

By Scott DelleFave
Kelvin Taylor
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Running back Kelvin Taylor has a lot to live up to when he suits up this fall for the University of Florida Gators. The incoming freshman is the most talked about player at his position in a long time due to the fact of his insane varsity football numbers which were 12,019 yards and 192 touchdowns in five years (Taylor started playing varsity as an eighth grader). He already broke the state of Florida record as a junior, which was set by Emmitt Smith in 1986.

The Gators have had an amazing track record of having star running backs including the aforementioned, Smith and the person that Kelvin Taylor would have to fill the biggest shoes of, his dad Fred Taylor. Fred was fourth all-time in Gators history with 3,075 yards and 31 touchdowns. Kelvin already has prototypical pro size at 5′ 11″ 217 lbs, so he might look like a man among boys at another level of his game. If he starts day one in Gainesville, Taylor could become the greatest running back in Gators history. Besides being a true north-south running back, he can also catch balls out of the backfield and will give Jeff Driskel a legit dual threat behind him.

The best news for the Gators? Despite the monster stats and playing for five years of high school football, Taylor does not have a lot of tread worn off his proverbial tires. That could provide a boost for the Gators for three, maybe even four years of college football if used properly.

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