- Zac Taylor
Infobox NCAA Athlete
name = Zac Taylor
University of Nebraska
sport = Football
career_start = 2004
career_end = 2006
nationality = USA
birth_date = birth date and age|1983|05|10
Norman High School Norman, Oklahoma
Zac Taylor (born
May 10, 1983) was the starting quarterbackfor the University of Nebraska Cornhuskersfrom 2005to 2006. He was recruited late in the 2004-2005 off-season by the Huskers, being a described "lucky break" due to the Huskers lack of quarterbacks at the time. He led Nebraska to an 8-4 record during his inaugural year, 2005, as a starter at quarterback. Ironically, Taylor hails from Norman, Oklahoma, hometown of the rival University of Oklahoma Sooners. He signed with the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneersas an undrafted free agentin 2007. Taylor was later cut from the team's 85 man roster and has since joined the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombersas their 4th quarterback. The Blue Bombers played in the Grey Cup(the CFL Championship game) on November 25, 2007.
After Zac's record-setting career at
Norman High Schoolin Norman, Oklahoma, he looked at few possible college schools. Taylor didn't receive much notice from any major colleges, not even from his hometown school the Oklahoma Sooners, so in 2002 he signed with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. This would prove to be an uneventful and tough 2 years, redshirtinghis first year, and filling in the backup position the next, completing the only pass he attempted in those 2 years. It was from there that he transferred to Butler Community College(Kansas) where he passed for nearly 3,000 yards with 29 touchdowns. In his breakout season, Taylor led Butler to the NJCAAchampionship game, and earned second-team NJCAA All Americanhonors.
After his 2004 season Taylor looked at multiple
NCAA Division Ischools, including Memphis, Marshall and Nebraska. Nebraska had abandoned their long standing running/option offense for an entirely new, West Coast offenseled by newly appointed coach Bill Callahan. The Huskers had a rebuilding season in 2004, going 5-6 and missing a bowl bid for the first time since 1962. Taylor had a rough start, statistically speaking, in his 2005 year at Nebraska, completing 39 of 89 passes for 399 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in his first three games. In his fourth game however, Taylor had a breakout day against Iowa State, throwing for a school record 431 yards on 36 of 55 passing with two touchdowns. He steadily improved throughout the season, ending in a 30-3 win against Colorado where he threw 392 yards, and a come-from-behind 32-28 win against the Michigan Wolverinesin the Mastercard Alamo Bowl, where he threw a Nebraska bowl record 3 touchdown passes. Taylor broke the school record for passing yards in a season with 2,653 yards on 55.1% of his passes being complete.
In his 2006 opener against Louisiana Tech, Taylor showed significant improvement over his season-opener the previous year, completing 22 of 33 attempts for 287 yards with 3 touchdowns and one interception. The game after, against Nicholls State, Taylor once again showed his precision in passing the ball, finishing 19 of 23 for 202 yards and a new career-best in 4 touchdown passes.
Taylor led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a record of 9-3 with an appearance in the 2006
Big 12 Championship Game, facing off against against the Oklahoma Sooners. Taylor passed for 2789 yards and 24 touchdown passes during the regular season and earned Big 12Offensive Player of the Year.
Taylor is currently a football assistant at Texas A&M. [cite news|url=http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2008/07/02/huskerextra/football/doc486ae2a8ed6fa502179831.txt#cancel|title=Now with Texas A&M, former Husker Taylor still roots for NU]
Taylor is married to Sarah Sherman, daughter of the former
Green Bay Packers head coachand current Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman.
* [http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=4&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=107509&Q_SEASON=2006 Nebraska bio]
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