Washington Huskies 2012 Evaluations: WR Kendyl Taylor


September 8, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Jalen Mills (28) defends against Washington Huskies wide receiver Kendyl Taylor (23) against the Washington Huskies during a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Washington 41-3. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Statistics: 14 receptions for 110 yards and 1 touchdown; 35 attempts for 209 yards and 0 touchdowns.

What He Did In 2012: Taylor was a really interesting player last year as a true freshman. Besides catching one pass for 6 yards in the opener against San Diego State, he didn’t do anything meaningful for the first three games. Then the coaching staff decided to switch him from running back to wide receiver. But, for whatever reason, the newly minted wide receiver began to receive carries out of the backfield when Sankey came out while also seeing a few targets a game in the passing game. He didn’t have a huge impact, but he played about as well as you can expect a true freshman who changed position mid-season to play.

What I Expect Of Him In 2013: If Jesse Callier comes back healthy, I would expect his carries to be cut, and his targets in the passing game will also depend on how many of the Class of 2013 wide receivers end up seeing the field as true freshmen. I think it’s a distinct possibility that he slides down the depth chart at both positions. But with another year under his belt, it’s also possible he takes a solid step forward. Worst case scenario (for Taylor) if 2013 receivers get serious playing time and Callier comes back healthy, he struggles to repeat his 2012 stats. Best case scenario (for Taylor), Callier struggles to come back and the coaches value his dynamic two-position ability, and he gets more like 400-600 total yards.