Freshman running back Kelvin Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew for Florida in the Gators’ near upset at South Carolina as the former five-star recruit is starting to live up to the prodigious hype that preceded his arrival in Gainesville. Taylor’s college career had gotten off to an inauspicious start as he found himself buried on the depth chart to start the season, but despite the offensive woes during the current five-game losing streak, Taylor has been the lone bright spot.
His 96 yards on 21 carries were career-highs, and he had his first multi-touchdown game of his career as he reached pay dirt from 20 yards out on a third-and-14 from 29 yards out to put Florida up 14-6. Unfortunately, that would be all the offense Florida would muster with freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg making his first career start against a great Gamecocks defense.
Part of the reason why I am so impressed with Taylor was the level of competition — Jadeveon Clowney played his best game of the year — and because there was zero threat of a passing game. With Florida averaging 8.2 yards per attempt, the Gamecocks stacked the box and dared Florida to make Taylor beat them.
He nearly did. It’s been a season to forget for Florida fans as injuries and questionable coaching decisions have robbed this team of the record they should have, but Taylors’ performance is one to remember moving forward.
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