Kurt Taylor, Ex-Wolverine

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6Nov 2018
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Kurt Taylor, Ex-Wolverine

Redshirt freshman running back Kurt Taylor has decided to transfer from Michigan.

Listed at 5’8″, 195 lbs., Taylor had played some on special teams but had not played running back yet in his career. He had been passed by the obvious upperclassmen, but he had also been passed by walk-on Tru Wilson and true freshman Christian Turner. I gave Taylor a TTB Rating of 57 (LINK), so this development is on par with what I expected all along. The pathway to playing time at Michigan was going to be long and arduous. This should not affect Michigan on the field at all.

Taylor played at Covington (GA) Newton for most of his high school career, but he played his senior year at Loganville (GA) Grayson, a powerhouse program that has raised some eyebrows for its, er, alleged recruiting practices. Michigan currently has a commitment from 2019 Grayson product Trente Jones, an offensive tackle, so it may be something to watch to see if any bad blood might sour the relationship between Michigan and Grayson.

Taylor is the fifth player from the 2017 class to transfer (joining OT James Hudson, OG Ja’Raymond Hall, DT Deron Irving-Bey, LB Drew Singleton), and the sixth total to leave (DE Corey Malone-Hatcher took a medical scholarship).

5Jul 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #76 Kurt Taylor

Kurt Taylor (image via Twitter)

Name: Kurt Taylor
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 194 lbs.
High school: Covington (GA) Newton/Loganville (GA) Grayson
Position: Running back
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #5
Last year: I ranked Taylor #79 and said he would be a backup with 5 carries for 20 yards (LINK). He redshirted.

There wasn’t a lot of room for spare carries last season, because Karan Higdon, Chris Evans, and Ty Isaac were all expected to carry the load – and on top of them, there was heralded recruit Kareem Walker. Michigan brought in two running backs in the 2017 class, and while Taylor was bigger and stronger, the scant freshman carries went to O’Maury Samuels, not Taylor.

Now it’s 2018 and there are 108 tailback carries vacated by Isaac (graduated) and Walker (transferred). Where will those carries go? When asked about the tailback position group in the spring, Jim Harbaugh mentioned walk-on running back Tru Wilson at #3. Whether that sticks or not remains to be seen, but Taylor still seems to be an afterthought. Wilson, Samuels, and one of the freshmen will probably get carries, but I don’t see much of the load going in Taylor’s direction. If he can develop into the team’s best pass blocker, then I think he might have a chance to get on the field, but he’s perhaps the least athletic runner in the group.

Prediction: Backup running back

30May 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #79 Kurt Taylor

Name: Kurt Taylor
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 200 lbs.
High school: Covington (GA) Newton/Loganville (GA) Grayson
Position: Running back
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year:  Taylor was a senior in high school. He ran 191 times for 930 yards and 14 touchdowns, and added 19 catches for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns.
TTB Rating: 57

Taylor committed to Michigan back in the old days of December 2015. That was a long time ago. In the meantime, he had a teammate, Jeremiah Holloman, commit to Michigan and then decommit; he transferred schools twice; and the Wolverines played in two bowl games. And yes, I said that he transferred twice. In a seemingly strange situation, the Covington (GA) Newton high schooler spent his senior season at powerhouse Loganville (GA) Grayson and then transferred back to Newton for his final semester. He and Grayson basically rented each other for a season.

Taylor will arrive on campus this summer behind a good-sized group of running backs. Chris Evans, Ty Isaac, Karan Higdon, and Kareem Walker will likely be ahead of him, which won’t leave many snaps for true freshmen like Taylor and O’Maury Samuels. Sure, one or both of those young guys might get snaps, but probably not in critical situations. I imagine Taylor will get some playing time, because he’s in good shape physically and a tough runner.

Prediction: Backup running back; 5 carries, 20 yards

9Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Rivals)

Commits (1): Dylan McCaffrey
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? McCaffrey was a U.S. Army All-American and there have been whispers that Jim Harbaugh believes McCaffrey is the best high school quarterback prospect he’s seen in a long time, maybe going back to Andrew Luck. So there’s that. McCaffrey has the height, the bloodline, and the athleticism to be a very good quarterback. However, there are questions about his arm strength and mechanics. So while Harbaugh really likes him, I would have preferred someone like Davis Mills, who chose Stanford instead.

Hit the jump for the rest of the offensive grades.

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24Dec 2016
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Polynesian Bowl participants: Michigan

Dylan McCaffrey (image via Colorado Sports Network)

The second annual Polynesian Bowl will be played in Honolulu, HI in January of 2018. Here are the Michigan players scheduled to participate:

Emil Ekiyor, OG – Indianapolis, IN*

Corey Malone-Hatcher, DE – St. Joseph, MI**
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO*
Phillip Paea, DT – Berrien Springs, MI*
Joshua Ross, LB – Orchard Lake, MI*
Kurt Taylor, RB – Loganville, GA*

*Scheduled to play in the upcoming game

**Selected but not participating due to early enrollment

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