Pleased the coaches with his work during the spring … Got a lot of reps at tackle while John Graves was working at end … Is playing with much better technique … A powerful performer who always plays with great effort … Served as the top backup at both defensive tackle positions last season and is expected to do the same this fall … Will move into a starting role if Graves is used at end … Will also continue to be a contributor on special teams … A team-first player who will help solidify the defensive line.
2008: Had 12 total tackles, including 1.5 for losses … Also contributed a pair of QB hurries and a fumble recovery … Was in on three tackles during the season opener with ECU … Had another tackle in the Furman game … Had a fumble recovery and a tackle during 23 plays against Georgia Tech … Worked 19 defensive downs at UNC … Posted a tackle and a QB hurry during the win at Nebraska … Played 22 downs against WKU and collected three tackles … Got 12 plays at Boston College … Had a tackle for loss during his 20 defensive plays against FSU … Collected a pair of tackles in 16 plays at Miami … Worked 11 plays at tackle in the UVa game … Picked up 19 plays and a pair of tackles versus BC in the ACC Championship game … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors again during the off-season … Posted a personal-best 600-pound back squat … Had four tackles, including a sack during one spring scrimmage … Had a TFL among his three hits in the Maroon-White game … Won the Coaches Award as the defensive player who had an exceptional spring.
2007: Did not see action in the opening game … Started on the punt return team at LSU and was in on four plays … Worked three plays at end against Ohio … Played 23 snaps on defense against William & Mary … Had nine special team plays at Clemson … Posted two special team tackles and also played nine downs at end … Played 12 special team plays against Georgia Tech and seven versus Florida State … Contributed a special team tackle against Miami … Had a 370-pound power clean and a 400-pound push jerk on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season … Moved inside to tackle during spring drills … Contributed five tackles in one spring scrimmage and had a sack in another … Also registered a sack in the Maroon-White game … Won the Richard Bullock Award as the most improved defensive player of the spring.
2006: Played in eight games, recording an assisted tackle … Worked a season-high 12 plays on defense against Duke … Was in on 10 special team plays in the Georgia Tech game … Picked up Super Iron Hokie status during the off-season … Registered a position record for a linebacker with a 365-pound push jerk … Also posted the 10th best all-time power clean for a Tech football player at 360 pounds … Had a personal-best 415-pound bench press … Contributed five tackles and blocked a punt in the Hokies second scrimmage of the spring.
2005: Was redshirted while working at the mike linebacker position … Gained Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season … Bench pressed 400 pounds and turned in the fifth-best push press on the team at 346 pounds … Had a back squat of 570 pounds to go with a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump.
High School: Averaged more than 10 tackles per game as a senior linebacker for Coach Chris DeWitt at Kellam … Forced five fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass … Also played tailback and rushed for 927 yards and 20 touchdowns … Helped the team to an 8-2 record on the way to first-team All-Beach District honors as both a linebacker and running back … Named to the Virginia All-Group AAA first-team all-state team by the Associated Press as a linebacker … Named to the AAA all-state second team as a linebacker by the VHSCA … Named a first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot … Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by The Roanoke Times … Ranked the No. 38 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 16 player in the state by rivals.com … Ranked the No. 19 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by scout.com … Rated the No. 40 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report … Named to PrepStar’s postseason All-Atlantic Region team … A sprinter on the track team.
Personal: Demetrius A. Taylor … Born 11/22/86 in Jacksonville, FL … Son of Demetrius and Charmaine Taylor … Graduated with a degree in sociology and is working on a second undergraduate degree in psychology.
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