An honorable mention All-ACC and Coaches All-ACC selection at linebacker ... Started and played in 12 games ... Played 789 plays, including 761 on defense and 28 on special teams ... Helped out on six tackles as he was in on all 74 defensive snaps in the opener against Georgia Tech ... Led the team with 11 tackles at Pittsburgh ... Had six tackles and two hurries against Bowling Green ... Forced a fumble while adding two hurries and seven tackles against Cincinnati ... Had four tackles including one for loss at North Carolina.
Made eight tackles against Duke ... Delivered a 16-yard loss on a sack as part of his seven tackles at Clemson ... Made two tackles at Miami ... Had three tackles including a sack for a nine-yard loss against Florida State ... Tallied nine tackles, including two sacks for a 13-yard loss, also adding two hurries and a breakup at Boston College ... Had two hurries and two breakups, to go along with a sack for an eight-yard loss against Virginia ... Led the Hokies with 11 tackles, also adding a breakup and a hurry in the overtime defeat of Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
An honorable mention All-ACC selection at linebacker despite missing the last four games of the regular season due to injury ... Started the first eight games of the season at mike linebacker ... Played 442 snaps on defense and 34 on special teams for a total of 476 ... Had 53 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks and 16 quarterback hurries ... Was the team's leading tackler before suffering a season-ending injury ... Had five tackles, a QB hurry and assisted on a tackle for loss against Appalachian State ... Had six tackles, a quarterback hurry and half a sack against ECU ... Picked up four tackles and a hurry in the win over Arkansas State ... Registered a team-high eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and six hurries at Marshall ... Posted 10 tackles, including five solo stops and half a tackle for loss in the Clemson game ... Made seven tackles and a sack in the win over Miami ... Tied for the team lead with eight tackles at Wake Forest ... Also assisted on a sack and had three hurries ... Had five tackles and two sacks before being lost for the season after suffering Lisfranc sprain in his right foot in the BC game.
Started every game and led the team in tackles with 91 ... Had six sacks and a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss ... Added 12 QB hurries and broke up four passes ... Made his first start in the Boise State game ... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles ... Had four tackles behind the line on the way to a 10-tackle performance against JMU ... Turned in a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and nine tackles versus East Carolina ... Posted two sacks, three total tackles behind the line and six tackles in the win over BC ... Piled up 13 tackles in the Central Michigan game, including two behind the line, to earn ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors ... Broke up a pass and had two hurries against Wake Forest ... Was in on 14 tackles against Georgia Tech, including a pair of sacks, and was honored again by the conference ... Had a sack, two tackles for loss and eight total tackles at UNC ... Picked up five more tackles in the Virginia game ... Deflected a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown against FSU in the ACC title game ... Started the Orange Bowl game at the backer spot and posted seven tackles ... Had a 430-pound front squat during off-season workouts ... Underwent surgery to his left shoulder in April and sat out spring workouts.
Got six plays at linebacker and posted a tackle during the Marshall game ... Had a tackle while playing 12 defensive snaps in the Boston College game ... Picked up another tackle in seven defensive plays at Georgia Tech ... Contributed a quarterback hurry and a tackle in two plays at linebacker against ECU ... Played a career-high 26 snaps at linebacker against Maryland with two tackles ... Worked a series at linebacker at Virginia ... Saw some action against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Registered six tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss during the team's first major scrimmage of the spring ... Had a sack for a 16-yard loss in another scrimmage ... Posted five tackles and was in on two tackles behind the line during the Maroon-White game.
Moved from linebacker to defensive end the week before the first game ... Was being considered for playing time when he hurt his shoulder ... Took a redshirt year ... His 500-pound back squat was tops among the ends during off-season testing ... Moved back to mike linebacker for spring practice ... Had five tackles, including a sack, during the first spring scrimmage ... Was in on a pair tackles and had a QB hurry in the Maroon-White game.
A two-time Sun News Toast of the Coast Defensive Football Player of the Year for Coach Scott Early ... Ranked the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 6 player in the Palmetto State by rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 14 inside linebacker in the country by SuperPrep ... Rated the No. 25 inside linebacker in the country by
ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. ... Ranked the No. 7 player in the state of South Carolina by scout.com ... Ranked a "Super Prospect" by CSTV.com's Tom Lemming ... Finished with 188 total tackles, including 29 for loss, his senior year, earning a spot in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl and first-team AP all-state honors ... The Region VI AAA Player of the Year ... Helped Myrtle Beach to an undefeated regular season ... Selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Miami ... Named to the G&W Recruiting Report Preseason ACC Area Defensive Team ... As a junior, made over 150 tackles despite missing two games due to an arm fracture ... Helped Myrtle Beach to a 10-3 record overall and an appearance in the state semifinals ... As a sophomore, totaled 205 tackles, including 42 for loss and eight sacks ... Added eight forced fumbles and two interceptions ... Was named All-Region VII-AAA honors that year.
2011: Suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot, missing the final six games.
2012: Sat out spring drills while continuing to recover from the right foot injury.
Bruce William Taylor, Jr. ... Born 12/31/89 in Hinesville, GA ... Son of Marcia Walker and Bruce Taylor ... Active in the local Special Olympics program ... Graduated with a degree in human development.