SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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76. Kelvin Taylor, Soph., RB, Florida
Will Muschamp raved about his trio of tailbacks at the conclusion of spring practice headlined by Taylor, a player who’s comfortable in space and will have more room to run in an up-tempo offense with less emphasis between the tackles. Taylor’s ceiling is high and the Belle Grade, Fla. native has a great chance at developing into the every-down workhorse an injury-riddled offense that struggled to produce points in 2013 needs to take some of the burden off of quarterback Jeff Driskel.
The son of former Gator great Fred Taylor emerged as Florida’s featured option after Matt Jones’ injury midway through his freshman season and toted the football 83 times for 336 yards (4 YPC) and three touchdowns in November. He took over the bulk of the rushing load from leading rusher Mack Brown who was a key contributor during the Gators’ 4-1 start prior to a seven-game skid. After 15 spring practices, Taylor was Florida’s clear-cut best weapon in the backfield.
In Kurt Roper’s no-huddle scheme, Taylor should flourish and nearly double last season’s production if he can remain healthy.
2013 statistics: 111 carries, 508 yds, 4 TD; 5 receptions, 37 yds
2014 projection: 188 carries, 899 yds, 8 TD; 13 receptions, 101 yds, TD
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