Kelvin Taylor has the high school stats, the pedigree and the talent to be a difference maker at the college level. As he enters his junior year at Florida, he knows that he will be taking on a bigger role. Expectations might be high, but he seems to be confident with his ability to be the starting running back for the Gators. How he performs could really determine what type of season Florida has in 2015.
In the last two seasons, Taylor has been asked to share touches with Matt Jones and Mack Brown. Jones left school after his junior year, and Brown graduated. That leaves Taylor as the veteran on this roster, and he should get the most touches at running back this year. Jim McElwain likes to use multiple running backs, so anyone playing in fantasy football money leagues should not be expecting huge numbers out of him.
When your dad is Fred Taylor, expectations are always going to be pretty high. Kelvin’s father not only played at the same school, but he played the same position. His 1,292 yards on the ground will probably not be matched by his son, but that certainly does not mean that Kelvin is not able to play at a high level.
The younger Taylor is great at getting into open space and breaking off huge runs. People were able to see a glimpse of what he can do in 2014, when he ran for 197 yards against Georgia. With a bit more consistency and additional touches, he could really start to put up numbers in 2015 that make him one of the best in the SEC.
Freshmen Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkite are most likely going to be the other running backs used by McElwain this season. The coaching staff is trying to develop a system in which all of their running backs can feed off each other and also learn. Taylor is now in a leadership role, and that includes off the field as well. When a player becomes a junior, they are no longer in the learning phase of their college career. Taylor becomes an important piece for this new era of Florida Gators football, and he seems up for the challenge.