Texas native Adam Taylor is part of a talented group of Nebraska I-backs who have the ability to give the Huskers one of the nation’s top rushing attacks in 2014. The 6-2, 210-pound Taylor sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt, but was very impressive during his work on the practice field.
Taylor has the tools to be a complete back, combining good size, speed and vision. This spring, Taylor earned a high number of practice repetitions with the second offense, and will look to earn carries at I-back along with All-American Ameer Abdullah, junior Imani Cross and sophomore Terrell Newby.
Taylor sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt and earned Scout Team Offensive MVP honors.
Before Nebraska (Katy HS)
Taylor posted prolific rushing numbers during his prep career at Katy High School in the Houston area, and helped the school to a Class 5A state title in 2012. Taylor ran for 2,754 yards and 45 touchdowns in his senior season, leading Coach Gary Joseph’s team to a perfect 16-0 record and a Class 5A Division 2 state title. Katy High was regarded as one of the nation’s top 20 teams following its championship season. Taylor was at his best in the state title run, first rushing 40 times for 226 yards in the state semifinals against Cibolo Steele. In the state title victory over Cedar Hill at Cowboys Stadium, Taylor ran 30 times for 276 yards and five touchdowns.
For his play in 2012, Taylor was named the Houston Chronicle’s Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year, and was the OldCoach.com Class 5A State MVP. Taylor was also an honorable-mention Class 5A Texas all-state selection.
Taylor missed nearly all of his junior year because of injury, rushing just 20 times for 106 yards before being sent to the sideline. Taylor first showed his ability for Katy High School as a sophomore in 2010, helping the team to a 13-1 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Taylor was the District 19-5A Newcomer of the Year after rushing for 1,553 yards and 18 touchdowns. His skills helped the powerful Katy offense average more than 325 rushing yards per game. Taylor ranked among the nation’s top 250 overall prospects in the 247 composite rankings and by Rivals.com. He was a consensus choice as a top 25 running back in the country by 247 Sports, Rivals and Fox Sports Next and was also ranked among the top 45 prospects overall in the state of Texas. Taylor had dozens of offers before choosing Nebraska, including Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Wisconsin.
Taylor is the son of Barry and Fedora Taylor, and he was born on July 19, 1995. He is a business administration major. Taylor has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and local community rec center outreach events.