Today's salute goes to a familiar face and that is Anthone Taylor.
Anthone graduated from Wayne High School in Ohio where he played Football, Basketball, and Bowling. Football was obviously his talent though. In his senior season, Taylor racked up over 1,600 rushing yards and scored over 20 touchdowns for his team. After receiving an offer from Buffalo, Anthone committed in February of 2011.
Taylor spent his freshman season in a limited role. The majority of his time was on special teams, but did get a few carries against Stony Brook. He had 4 rushes for 20 yards and 2 catches for 13.
The 2012 season was a tough one to swallow for him as he sat out for a knee injury. He decided to take a medical redshirt.
2013 was a year where Taylor showed small sparks of indication that he would be UB's number one option the next season. His first start came due to an injured Branden Oliver where he put up a satisfying 118 yards for two TD's over Stony Brook. Taylor had 399 yards on the season and 3 touchdowns
Taylor's junior year was a breakout performance. Because of his 1400 seasonal yard effort, he is now 2nd in the UB record books for that stat. He was 2nd in the MAC for rushing yards per game and had 12 touchdowns to end the season. His career game continues to be a dominant 237 yard performance for two touchdowns against UMass.
This season has been an odd one to say the least. Taylor has only rushed for 646 yards to date with two games left. He also only has two touchdowns to his name. Part of this is because of a new offensive system that he doesn't seem to perform as well under. Also, Taylor has been sidelined multiple games due to injury.
Taylor has a shot at ending his career on a high note as he's healthy again and the team is on the cusp of a bowl berth. It has been an honor to watch you don the UB Blue and White Anthone!