Data Scout Notes: 2012: AFCA/DPOYC/WCamp/AP1st...P1stC/PBuchanan/P1stSN...2011: AFCA/AP2nd
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12/07/12 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: For the second year in a row, Sam Houston State safety Darnell Taylor has been named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team. Taylor is a repeat AFCA All-America performer. He also is a two-time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year after winning first-team all-conference honors at safety. Taylor leads the Bearkat defense in tackles this season with 91 including 63 solos stops and two quarterback sacks. Sam Houston ranks No. 3 in the nation in rush defense, No. 14 in scoring defense and No. 15 in total defense.
The Bearkats led the Southland Conference in rushing, total defense and scoring defense. The senior from Mesquite, Texas, broke the school record for most solo tackles in a career with a four-year total of 228. The old record of 215 was set by former NFL New York Jet veteran linebacker Stan Blinka who was an NAIA All-America selection for Sam Houston in 1975-78.
Darnell Taylor is the fifth player in Southland history to be named the league's defensive player of the year in back-to-back years and the first since former Central Arkansas defensive end Larry Hart in 2008 and 2009. Taylor has made 91 tackles this season, which ranks sixth in the Southland. The senior from Mesquite, Texas, has made 63 solo stops and has assisted on another 28. - Sam Houston State football
11/25/12 - 2012 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State...Taylor is the fifth player in Southland history to be named the league’s defensive player of the year in back-to-back years and the first since former Central Arkansas defensive end Larry Hart in 2008 and 2009. Taylor has made 79 tackles this season, which ranks 13th in the Southland. The senior from Mesquite, Texas, has made 54 solo stops and has assisted on another 25. He has two tackles for loss (both sacks) for 13 yards and has returned two interceptions 40 yards while breaking up five passes and getting credit for another seven passes defended and one quarterback hurry. He also forced one fumble and recovered another.
He recorded 51 tackles in conference games and recorded double-figure tackles totals against Central Arkansas (15), Stephen F. Austin (10) and Texas A&M (12). Taylor is the school’s career leader with 219 solo tackles, moving in front of NAIA All-American Stan Blinka, who had 215. Taylor ranks seventh in total tackles at Sam Houston with 317. The Bearkats rush defense is ranked third nationally, allowing just 76.4 yards per game, and ninth in total defense, giving up only 305.4 yards per game. The Bearkats’ scoring defense is limiting opponents to just 19 points per game, the 14th best total in the FCS. - Southland Conference football
07/24/12 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State, Sr., has been selected First Team Preseason All-Southland football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by the Southland head football coaches. Taylor led the Bearkats in tackles with 128 and was named to a five All-American squads following the 2011. Taylor was named the Southland Conference "Defensive Player of the Year" last season and was a first team All-Southland selection. His 128 tackles was the highest single season total since 1988 and he posted double digit tackles in eight games including season best of 12 in McNeese victory. - Sam Houston State football
07/20/12 - 2012 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Darnell Taylor, SS, Sam Houston State, Senior...The Southland Conference was laden with NFL-type defensive backs last season and Taylor emerged as the best in being named the conference's defensive player of the year. His leadership helped the Bearkats go undefeated until their FCS championship game loss to North Dakota State. The All-America first-team selection led the Bearkats with 128 tackles and posted double-digit totals in eight games. The fierce, quick safety had 88 solo tackles and made 10 tackles for loss. Taylor enters the season with 34 career starts. His twin brother Darius is a key linebacker for the Bearkats. - The Sports Network
07/11/12 - 2012 SPORTS NETWORK FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State, S, Sr, has been selected Preseason FCS First Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by The Sports Network. Taylor makes a return to the Sports Network first team, after being tabbed to the first team last season. Taylor led the Bearkats in tackles with 128 and was named to a five All-American squads following the 2011. Taylor was named the Southland Conference "Defensive Player of the Year" last season and was a first team All-Southland selection. His 128 tackles was the highest single season total since 1988 and he posted double digit tackles in eight games including season best of 12 in McNeese victory. - Sam Houston State football