Because of a transfer issue, the Los Angeles Franklin football team was without its presumed starting quarterback for the entire 2011 season. As a result, Josh Taylor, the top athlete in the program, was asked to step in and take over the role.
One year later, Taylor is back at wide receiver -- his natural position -- and the 6-foot-3, 175-pound player responded in a big way in the season opener. In a 35-25 victory over Los Angeles Santee on Friday night, Taylor accounted for all five touchdowns -- three receiving, one rushing and one fumble return.
“I was just anxious to get out there and play with my teammates, and just to prove to everybody that I can be a receiver,” Taylor said. “A lot of people said that because I played quarterback last year, they were wondering how I would do at receiver.”
It's safe to say there won’t be any further questions as Taylor prepares for the second game. Taylor finished with 183 receiving yards in addition to the three touchdowns, scored on an 8-yard rush and a fumble return that covered 42 yards.
“The transition back was pretty smooth,” Taylor said. “I had to crisp up some routes and get back to it after throwing the ball last year. It came naturally, but there are always some things to work on when going against a defensive back.”
Taylor already holds offers from Fresno State and New Mexico State, but this performance certainly won’t hurt him when it comes to other programs showing interest.
Arizona, California, Iowa State, Ohio and Washington State have all been in contact with Taylor. The Golden Bears and Cougars have talked to him about getting to a game this fall, while Ohio would like him to send in his film. Though no coaches were there to witness his opening performance, Taylor said his goal is to improve each week.
“I feel good,” he said of his showing. “The way I feel is that it has to get better from there. That’s the start, so now I just have to continue having big games.”