Florida freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor is poised to start his first college game against Georgia in Jacksonville, where his father starred for the Jaguars
Taylor is the son of former Florida running back Fred Taylor, who also played for the Patriots.
Georgia coach Mark Richt has harkened back this week on swinging and missing on Taylor’s father on the recruiting trail.
“I recruited Fred when I was at Florida State,” Richt said. “I thought I had him and (receiver) Reidel Anthony, then at the very end they took one last visit just for fun, and sure enough they visited Florida and that was it, they were going there.”
Fred Taylor was an All-American in 1997 who became a first-round NFL draft pick by Jacksonville and ranks No. 15 on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pound freshman from Belle Glade Fla., has rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries with a 6.1 yard per carry average.
He is “an instinctive, natural runner,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. He led Florida with 74 yards against Missouri in the Gators’ last game.
Florida lost Matt Jones to a season-ending knee injury. Junior Mack Brown from Martin Luther King High in Lithonia has rushed for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
Taylor, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said, is “a good player, makes some things happen. I’d expect to see him a little bit more.”
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