2017 NFL Draft

Stepfan Taylor, RB

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mansfield, TX
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2012 Season
Active career Cardinal rushing leader with 4,300 yards on school-record 843 carries...collected 40 career rushing touchdowns (tied-second best in school history) and 45 total touchdowns (first)...first Stanford player ever to record three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons...ranked 19th nationally and fourth in the Pac-12 this season with 110.92 rushing yards/game...totaled 1,530 rushing yards in his senior season - second-highest in school history - on 322 carries (4.8 yards/carry) with 13 rushing touchdowns...added 287 yards and two more scores on 41 receptions out of the backfield...had eight 100-yard rushing performances on the season (Stanford was 7-1 in those contests)... ran for 88 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 17 yards in the Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin....rushed 33 times for 161 yards in the overtime win at No. 1 Oregon, the eighth-most carries ever by a Stanford back in a single game... gained 153 yards rushing with one touchdown and another 60 yards receiving with another score in home win over No. 2 USC...the 213 offensive yards against the Trojans was a career high, and not one of his 27 rushes against USC went for negative yards

Honored for his performance vs. USC as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week, Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com Heisman Player of the Week and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. ran for 189 yards at Cal (fourth-highest in school history in the Big Game) and scored one touchdown while posting two receptions for 11 yards...totaled 142 yards on 20 rushing attempts with a pair of scores at UCLA, including rushes of 49 and 40 yards...set a school record with his 21st 100-yard rushing output against the Bruins (the Cardinal is 18-3 when Taylor reaches the century mark in rushing yards)...eclipsed the 4,000-yard career rushing mark with a 19-yard run in the first quarter at UCLA, becoming the second player in Stanford history to notch at least 4,000 career rushing yards

Honored for his performance at UCLA as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week a second time this season...six days later posted 78 yards rushing on 24 carries with a touchdown and 55 receiving yards on six receptions against UCLA in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game...with a 10-yard rush in the closing moments of the second quarter, became Stanford's all-time career rusher by bringing his four-year total to 4,175 yards to break Darrin Nelson's record which stood since 1981...finished his regular-season home career vs. Oregon State with 114 rushing yards on 19 carries (6.0 yards/carry) and one score along with a pair of catches for 47 yards and one touchdown...second-quarter fumble vs. the Beavers was his first on the season and broke a streak of 261 rushes without a fumble dating back to 2011...caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against the Beavers to bring the comeback Cardinal to within 23-21.

Tallied 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns vs. Arizona, saving the longest (21 yards) for the game-winner in overtime... gained 102 yards on 28 rushing attempts at Notre Dame...carried on last six plays of overtime, including the last two from the one-yard line...officials review did not confirm that he crossed the goal line...scored two touchdowns among 43 yards rushing at Colorado...rushed for 58 yards vs. Washington State...rushed for 80 yards on 21 attempts while averaging 3.8 yards/carry at Washington...netted 69 rushing yards and one touchdown vs. Duke...recorded 116 yards on 26 carries (4.5 yards/carry) in season opener against San Jose State...named a Doak Walker Award semifinalist...earned All-Pac-12 second team honors...recipient of the team's Frank Rehm Award as the Big Game Most Valuable Back...recipient of the team's Irving S. Zeimer Memorial Award as the Most Valuable Player.

2011 Season
Second team All-Pac-12 selection...rushed for 1,330 yards on 242 carries (5.5)...averaged 102.3 yards per game which ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally...final single-season rushing total was the second highest mark in school history, behind Toby Gerhart's 2009 total of 1,871...became just the third back in Stanford history to rush for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, joining Darrin Nelson (1977-78) and Toby Gerhart (2008-09)...one of six Stanford backs to rush for over 1,000 yards, joining Nelson (1977, '78, '81), Brad Muster (1986), Jon Volpe (1988), Tommy Vardell (1991) and Toby Gerhart (2008 and '09).

At the forefront of Stanford's running game that averaged 210.62 yards per game, which was the second best average in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally...had six 100-yard games on the season, highlighted by a career-best 177-yard, two-touchdown effort against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Game Analysis

Rushed for 153 yards on 22 carries at Arizona, which included a run of 49 yards...totaled 117 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries the following week against UCLA...tallied 100 yards on 17 carries at Washington State...rushed for 138 yards on just 10 carries against Washington, helping Stanford to a single-game record of 446 rushing yards...teamed with Tyler Gaffney (117) to become the 10th Stanford duo to rush for 100 yards in the same game...broke loose for a career long 70-yard touchdown run at the 13:18 mark of the second period...narrowly missed 100-yard games against USC (99), Oregon State (95) and Oregon (99)...was limited to a season-low 45 yards against Cal but rebounded with a 118-yard effort on 20 carries against Notre Dame...was brilliant against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl, finishing with a career-high 177 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns...broke loose for a 38-yard run on the fourth play of the game...capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a four-yard run at the 2:25 mark of the second quarter that gave the Cardinal a 21-14 lead following the PAT...capped a clutch 13-play, 69-yard scoring drive with a one-yard TD run that gave Stanford a 38-31 lead with 4:34 remaining...recipient of the Gundelach Award as the team's top junior player.

2010 Season
Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...led a Stanford ground game that averaged 213.8 yards and compiled the second-highest rushing total in school history with 2,779 yards...led the team with 1,137 yards on 223 carries (5.1)...became the first Stanford sophomore to rush for 1,000 yards since Darrin Nelson (1,061) in 1978....was just the sixth back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season, joining Nelson (1977, '78, '81), Brad Muster (1986), Jon Volpe (1988), Tommy Vardell (1991) and Toby Gerhart (2008 and '09)...finished with 15 rushing touchdowns, which were tied for third on Stanford's all-time single-season list.

Had seven, 100-yard games on the year, including a season-best 142 yard effort against Washington State...became just the second back in school history to rush for 100 yards in five straight games when he accomplished the feat against Notre Dame (108), Oregon (113), USC (104), Washington State (142) and Washington (104), joining Gerhart, who closed out his career with seven consecutive 100-yard games...averaged 114.2 yards during that stretch...also caught 28 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown.

Game Analysis

Rushed for 21 yards on five carries in the season opener against Sacramento State...was on the receiving end of a 59-yard touchdown pass from Luck at the 2:20 mark of the first quarter...carried 20 times for 81 yards in Stanford's 35-0 victory at UCLA...finished with 60 yards on eight carries and one TD against Wake Forest...scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a nine-yard run at the 12:59 mark of the third quarter...went over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career at Notre Dame...totaled 108 yards in a workmanlike performance in which his longest rush was nine yards...broke off a then-season long 44-yard run for a touchdown at the 1:08 mark of the first quarter against Oregon...finished with 104 yards and one TD on 23 carries against USC...carried over from one yard out at the 5:39 mark of the third quarter to give Stanford a 21-14 lead...also ran for 31 yards on a second-quarter carry...ran for 21 yards in Stanford's game-winning drive, including a 16-yard scamper down to the Trojan 31-yard line...ran for a career high 12 yards and two TDs on 27 carries against Washington State...rushing yardage tied for the 45th-highest single-game rushing total in school history...recorded his fifth straight 100-yard game at Washington, finishing with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries...scored TDs on runs of two and three yards...was held under 100 yards in his next three games against Arizona (82), Arizona State (39) and Cal (59)...however, rushed for four touchdowns against Arizona, tying a school single-game record...also ran for three scores in Stanford's 48-14 victory over Cal in the Big Game...chalked up his sixth 100-yard game of the season against Oregon State, finishing with 115 yards on just 14 carries...broke off a 62-yard touchdown run at the 5:16 mark of the third quarter...ran for 114 yards on 13 carries in Stanford's Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech...broke off a 56-yard gainer on a first-and-10 play from the Stanford three-yard line at the 6:18 mark of the third quarter...quarterback Andrew Luck connected with Coby Fleener for a 41-yard touchdown pass on the very next play to give the Cardinal a 26-12 lead.

2009 Season
Appeared in all 13 games in his first year at Stanford...carried 56 times for 303 yards (5.4) to rank as the team's third leading rusher behind Gerhart and Luck...had two rushing touchdowns on the year, against Washington and Arizona State...also caught three passes for 43 yards...first career touchdown came on a one-yard carry at the 2:41 mark of the second quarter against Washington that gave Stanford a 24-14 lead...totaled 31 yards on six carries against UCLA...carried six times for 63 yards and one touchdown against Arizona State.

Rushed for his second TD of the season at the 7:57 mark of the fourth quarter on a season-long 33-yard run...carried eight times for 62 yards in Stanford's 55-21 win over USC on Nov. 14...helped the Cardinal gain 325 yards on the day, which ranked as the sixth-best team rushing performance in school history...finished with 35 yards on a season-high 12 carries against Notre Dame.

High School
Graduated from Mansfield (Texas) High School...played for head coach Jeff Hulme...four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.com...rated as the 20th-best running back prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and 21st by SuperPrep Magazine...earned PrepStar All-America honors.

Rushed for school career-record 4,792 yards and also set a school standard with 67 rushing touchdowns during his three-year varsity career...rushed for a school single-season record 2,463 yards and 33 touchdowns and had 12 receptions for 168 yards and two TDs as a senior...helped Mansfield to the third round of the state playoffs, the school's best playoff run in its 100-year history...outstanding junior campaign netted 1,586 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with 19 receptions for 231 yards and four TDs...rushed for 743 yards and six touchdowns in his first varsity season in 2006...first team all-state 5A selection...2008 Texas Super Team's Offensive Player of the Year...earned Fort Worth Star-Telegram Player of the Year honors...District 4-5A Offensive MVP.

2008 All-Super Team first team selection by the Dallas Morning News...2007 District 4-5A MVP and earned honorable mention all-state accolades as a junior...first team Super Team selection by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News following his junior campaign...also lettered in basketball...received academic all-district honors and a proclamation from the mayor of Mansfield for his success on and off the football field.

Parents are Oberian and Skyla Taylor...oldest of two children...hobbies include making videos and writing songs...born in Arlington, Texas ...full name is Stepfan Christopher Lee Taylor...majoring in science, technology and society (information science & technology in society).

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