UF Notebook

Running back Kelvin Taylor has sparked life into Florida Gators offense

 

Miami Herald Writer

Kelvin Taylor has yet to clip the century mark in a single game, but Florida’s freshman tailback has emerged as a potential star in the making.

Taylor — UF’s first-string running back since sophomore Matt Jones injured his meniscus in the loss to LSU — has rushed for 391 yards and four touchdowns this season. Taylor sparked an anemic Gators offense against No. 12 South Carolina, rushing for 96 yards and two scores — both via direct snaps out of a new-look Wild-Gator package.

“Kelvin's improved tremendously,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “He's a kid that's willing to do [work], and he I think he's done a good job with it. And he'll get better and better. I want to see him in his third or fourth year, he's going to probably be outstanding.”

While praising Taylor’s development, Pease was non-committal on the freshman’s role if Jones were actually healthy.

“[Taylor] is starting because he's the best guy on our team right now,” Pease said. “I don't know. If Matt was here, if Kelvin was continuing to improve, he gives you a good complement. When you run downhill and you're in a physical run-game, you need more than one guy.”

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