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Antonio Taylor
Antonio Taylor

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pomona, Calif.

High School:
Ganesha HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 215

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
08/22/1985

Experience:
3L

Quickly: Enters the fall slated as the starting free safety... Enters season four yards shy of top 10 on USU's career interception return yardage (118)... Provides veteran leadership, experience and talent to USU defensive backfield. 2006 (Jr.): Became the first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles since defensive end Rulon Jones in 1978... Recorded 74 tackles on the year... Returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the season opener at Wyoming, for USU's only score in the first four games... Broke up six passes, which was second on the team... Best tackle game was 13 at Louisiana Tech... Had at least four tackles in all 12 games... Made nine stops against Fresno State, eight at Nevada and seven at Wyoming... Started the final six games of the year... His 819 total plays on the year, including special teams, were by far the most on the team. 2005 (So.): Started the first three and last four games of the season... His 65 tackles were third on the team... Forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and broke up two passes... Made a season best 10 tackles against Idaho... Had nine stops against Louisiana Tech... Made eight tackles against Utah, Nevada and New Mexico State... Did not play against San Jose State. 2004 (Fr.): Played in the first seven games before suffering a season-ending injury... Started three contests against Troy, North Texas and Clemson in games five through seven before being injured... Despite playing just seven games, he still finished seventh on the team in tackles with 47... Recorded 12 tackles against UNLV and then had a season-best 14 stops in his first start against Troy... Added seven tackles against North Texas and nine against Clemson... On the year he had four tackles for loss, including one sack... Tied for second on the team with two interceptions, which he returned for 71 yards... Both of his pickoffs came against UNLV. 2003 (RS): Redshirted his first year at USU. High School: Earned first-team all-league honors on both offense and defense, as a wide receiver, running back and defensive back... Named his team's Most Valuable Player his senior year... Recorded more than 60 tackles, while also rushing for 910 yards and registering 321 receiving yards... Competed in basketball and track as well. Personal: Born Aug. 22, 1985 in Pomona, Calif... Son of Greg and Linda Taylor... Has four brothers and five sisters... One brother played football at San Diego State and another at the junior college level... His sister plays high school basketball... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies... Would like to coach and teach after graduation... Likes to play basketball.

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