An extremely talented young player who made an impact as a true freshman ... Was slated to be redshirted, but found himself playing by the second quarter of the LSU game when the Hokies found they needed more mobility behind their inexperienced line ... Started five straight games until suffering an ankle injury at Duke ... Missed two games before returning to play in a rotating system with Sean Glennon over the last five games ... Showed improvements in his game during the spring, especially mentally ... Got better at the little things as far as footwork and throwing on time ... Still learning when to throw the ball away and not force it ... Has shown he can make big plays with his arm and his feet ... Ran for 118 yards at Clemson last fall ... Passed for two TDs and ran for another in a win over Florida State and contributed two big touchdown runs on the goal-line at Virginia ... The first true freshman to start at quarterback at Tech since Todd Greenwood in 1982 ... A smart, poised performer who is still a very young quarterback ... Needs to have a good summer preparation leading into the resumption of the competition for the quarterback duties in August. 2007: Entered the season No. 2 at quarterback ... Was called on to play late in the first half at LSU ... Led the Hokies on their only touchdown drive of the game, scoring on a 1-yard run ... Rushed for 44 yards on nine carries and completed 7 of 18 passes for 62 yards ... Was named the Hokies' starting quarterback the following Monday ... Made his first start against Ohio ... Completed 18 of 31 passes for 287 yards ... Had a 6-yard touchdown run ... Played the first half against William & Mary ... Completed 6 of 13 passes for 72 yards ... Picked up his first touchdown pass, a 34-yard screen to Branden Ore ... Added 52 yards rushing on five carries, including a 45-yard scamper ... Rushed for a TD against UNC ... Suffered his first interception against the Tar Heels ... Rushed for 118 yards on 15 carries at Clemson and tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Justin Harper ... Completed 5 of 7 passes for 88 yards and one TD before suffering a high ankle sprain at the beginning of the second quarter at Duke ... Did not play against Boston College or Georgia Tech ... Returned to action against Florida State ... Did not start, but ended up earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors after passing for two touchdowns and running for another ... Hit 10 of 15 passes for 204 yards and rushed 17 times for 92 yards ... Split time against Miami until leaving with a pulled muscle in his side early in the third quarter ... Ran seven times for 28 yards and completed 1 of 2 passes for 5 yards ... Turned in two key touchdown runs on the goal line at Virginia ... Made a key 31-yard run during a fourth-quarter drive that put Tech ahead for good in its ACC title game against BC ... Suffered an interception during the Orange Bowl game and completed just 1 of 3 three passes ... Played in 11 games, with five starts ... Was second on the team in rushing with 429 yards and six TDs on 102 carries ... Completed 72 of 134 passes for 927 yards and five touchdowns, while being intercepted three times ... Won Iron Hokie recognition during the off-season, turning in a 40-inch vertical jump ... Completed 21 of 40 passes for 202 yards and two TDs during three spring scrimmages ... Was 11-for-19 passing for 67 yards during the Maroon-White game ... Was intercepted once ... Rushed 11 times for 7 yards. High School: A PARADE All-American as an all-purpose player ... Rated the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals ... In three years as a starter for Coach Mike Smith at Hampton, accounted for 7,690 yards of total offense and 100 touchdowns ... Passed for 5,144 yards and 44 touchdowns while rushing for 2,546 yards and 56 scores in his time as a starter ... A two-time first-team all-state performer who finished his senior year with over 2,300 total yards and 36 touchdowns ... Completed 85 of 164 passes for 1,538 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions and ran for 788 yards and 21 scores ... Named the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia as a senior ... Named first-team all-state by the AP as a utility player ... Named first-team all-state by the VHSCA as a quarterback ... A first-team quarterback and a second-team defensive back on the Daily Press All-Stars Football Team ... Rushed for 1,044 yards and 21 touchdowns while passing for 1,544 yards and nine scores as a junior, leading Hampton to its 17th state championship ... For his junior year performance, earned VHSCA and AP first-team all-state honors ... The Offensive Player of the Year and first-team quarterback on the Daily Press All-Stars Football team ... As a sophomore, earned first-team quarterback Daily Press All-Stars Football honors after passing for 2,062 yards and 20 touchdowns and running for 714 yards and 14 scores ... Named a second-team all-state selection by the AP as a quarterback ... Ranked the No. 6 quarterback in the country by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 16 player in the country on the ESPN 150 ... Listed as the No. 20 overall player in the country and the No. 1 athlete in the country by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 27 player overall in the nation by that same publication ... A SuperPrep Postseason All-American ... A member of the PrepStar Dream Team ... Earned a spot in the 2006 Nike Elite 11 quarterbacks camp ... A member of the SuperPrep Elite 50 ... Ranked the No. 1 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times, Rivals, SuperPrep and Scout ... Listed as the No. 4 quarterback in the country by Scout ... An All-America and All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar. Personal: Tyrod Taylor ... Born 8/3/89 in Hampton, VA ... Son of Rodney and Trina Taylor ... Enrolled in university studies.