2017 Season Countdown: #79 Kurt Taylor

2017 Season Countdown: #79 Kurt Taylor

May 30, 2017

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


  1. Lanknows
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    May 30, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    I am mildly surprised by this prediction but agree with it.

    but but but – this is a season where meaningless carries are going to be harder to come by. There’s an unusual lack of a pure cupcake game in the non-conference slate. Florida & Cincinnati should be competitive to the end and even Air Force isn’t likely to get blown out. Purdue Week 4 is a road game that kicks of the conference slate. Rutgers isn’t till Week 8, when red-shirt burning won’t be waved off with a doctor’s note anymore.

    I have a feeling that the people who bemoan burned red-shirts will have a lot less to complain about this year thanks to the schedule.

  2. Lanknows
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    May 30, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    On a separate topic – I would not assume Samuels is necessarily going to be below all the returning backs. RB is a position where players generally show what they have pretty quickly and Samuels has a lot of people excited (including me). Probably best to hold off on discussing him until his countdown post.

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