JAMAR TAYLOR

Cornerback/Free Safety

Boise State University Broncos

#5

5:10.6-192

San Diego, California

Helix High School

 

OVERVIEW

You have to be amazed at the terrific recruiting job the Boise State’s head coach Chris Peterson has done over the last six years. He has turned a small college campus into a “must visit” place for some of the better recruits during his tenure at the helm and securing the services of this standout cornerback away from the major colleges in his home state of California has to be considered a coup.

 

Since taking over the program in 2006, Peterson has become the winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, boasting an 84-8 record for a winning percentage of .913.

Before he took over the program, the school never had a player drafted in the first round and just two of their members being selected in the second round.

 

Since then, four of Petersen’s players have been selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Offensive tackle Ryan Clady was the first when the Denver Broncos made him their top selection in the 2008 draft. Cornerback Kyle Wilson was the first pick of the New York Jets in the 2010 draft, and in 2012 Boise State had a school record two first round picks with defensive end Shea McClellin picked by the Chicago Bears and running back Doug Martin selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

In Jamar Taylor, Peterson has mentored his development and the player has rewarded his coach’s faith in him with outstanding performances as a shut-down cornerback during his three seasons as a starter. Many scouts feel that the Helix High School product has better overall ability than the first Boise State cornerback to here his named called during the first round of the draft – Kyle Wilson.

 

What Taylor has become on the field is a physical defender with an impressive blend of size, speed, strength and savvy. In this day and age of multiple defensive packages, his versatility is a great asset on his football resume, as he can play field, boundary or nickel cornerback. He excels at the bump-&-run, using his hands with high efficiency in attempts to jam or reroute the receiver.

 

When asked to support in the zone, Taylor has a great feel for the action in front of him and does a nice job of switching off his assignment to cover secondary targets. He is able to stay right on the hip of even the speediest of receivers, as he has a very quick and tight turning motion coming out of his backpedal.

 

Taylor could see immediate action in sub-packages at the next level, as he not only shows an explosive closing burst, but displays good urgency on underneath patterns, along with the timing, leaping ability and natural hands to either intercept or break up the pass. Of course, it also helps that he is one of the fastest cornerbacks in college, producing one of the fastest times at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine with a clocking of 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

 

Taylor’s combination of size and speed were evident even as a youngster at Helix High School, where his coaches saw a tireless worker that they would either have to throw out of the training room or give him the keys to lock up after he was done at night. As a junior at Helix High, he recorded 19 reps at the 225-pound bench press, had a 285-pound power clean and a 36-inch vertical jump.

 

Taylor used that athleticism throughout his prep career. He became a starter for head coach Donnie Van Hook as a sophomore, recording 40 tackles, as he broke up five passes, made two interceptions and recovered one fumble. He would go on to earn All-CIF and All-East County League honors in each of his final two seasons, finishing his career with a total of 155 tackles, 19 pass deflections, nine interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.

 

During his junior season, Taylor registered 65 tackles, eleven pass break-ups, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He followed that with 50 tackles, four interceptions, three pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior, when he was named East County League Defensive Most Valuable Player and selected to the San Diego All-Academic Team in 2007. He graduated with a 3.6 core grade point average and scored a 1130 SAT (three-part).

 

Asked what his best assets is, Taylor responded, “I like to bump and run and I’m not scared of tackling. I have no fear and love going up vs. the best receivers. That’s how I improve my game. But, I want to keep working on it all. Unless you’re retired and in the Hall of Fame, there’s still work to do.”

 

The three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com signed his national letter of intent to attend Boise State on February 3rd, 2008 and wasted no time in contributing as a true freshman in 2008. The Academic All-Western Athletic Conference selection was a standout performer in the sub-package defense and on special teams, seeing action in all fourteen games, even earning a start vs. Fresno State, as he made 24 tackles with two stops for loss, a pass break-up and an interception.

 

Because of a knee injury suffered in preseason camp, Taylor was granted a medical red-shirt for the 2009 season, but he came back to start twelve games at left cornerback the following season, posting 35 tackles with a pair of sacks, caused three fumbles and had two pass deflections.

 

A nagging hamstring injury and a stress fracture in his leg imited Taylor to nine starts as a junior, as he posted only 27 tackles, but he broke up six passes and intercepted two others, returning one theft 100 yards for a school post-season record in a win over Arizona State in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

 

Taylor’s leadership was evident in 2012, as the All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice mentored a young secondary that finished fifth in the nation in pass defense (169.46 ypg), a marked improvement from the previous season, when Taylor’s injury saw Boise State finish 43rd in the country by allowing 210.85 aerial yards per game. He made a career-high 51 tackles that included 2.5 sacks, deflecting nine tosses while leading the Broncos with four interceptions, the fourth-best figure in the MWC.

 

CAREER NOTES

Taylor started 35-of-48 games at Boise State, where he registered 137 tackles (93 solos) with five sacks for minus 35 yards and eleven stops for losses of 52 yards…Caused six fumbles, deflected eighteen passes and intercepted seven others for 154 yards in returns that included a bowl-record 100-yard touchdown vs. Arizona State in 2011.

 

2012 SEASON

Taylor earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as the senior was also named the Iron Bronco Award winner at the team’s annual banquet…Started all thirteen games at weak-side cornerback, ranking fourth on the team with a career-high 51 tackles (31 solos) that included 2.5 sacks and 3.5 stops for minus 28 yards…Caused three fumbles and deflected nine passes…Ranked fourth in the league and led the team with four interceptions for 54 yards in returns, as the squad captain did not allow any opponent to score in his area all season, leading a secondary that finished fifth nationally in pass defense (169.46 ypg)…Opened the season in explosive fashion with a 26-yard return with an interception as he matched his career-best with eight tackles (5 solos) vs. Michigan State…Added seven tackles that included an 8-yard sack, as he caused a fumble on the play and also had a 6-yard runback with a pass theft vs. Brigham Young…Topped his previous BSU best with nine tackles, as he caused two fumbles, including one on a 12-yard sack vs. Nevada-Las Vegas…Returned an interception 22 yards vs. Colorado State and closed out his career picking off a pass vs. Washington in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Taylor started all nine games he played in, as a leg stress fracture and a hamstring injury sidelined him vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico…Was in on 27 tackles (18 solos), assisting on a sack among his two stops behind the line of scrimmage…Deflected six passes and intercepted two others, including a 100-yard run-back for a touchdown vs. Arizona State in MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, which is the longest interception return in school history and the longest in the history of the bowl game…His other interception came vs. Fresno State…Registered a season-high eight tackles (six solo) vs. Toledo and delivered five tackles while assisting in sacking QB Aaron Murray in the Georgia contest.

 

2010 SEASON

Taylor started all twelve games at left cornerback, making a triumphant return after a year away from the game…Finished eighth on the team with 35 tackles (27 solos), adding two sacks and 3.5 stops for losses of 13 yards…Caused three fumbles, including two vs. Oregon State (other was vs. Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl) and deflected two passes…Had a season-high six tackles vs. both Oregon State and Louisiana Tech…Changed to jersey #5 after the season after wearing #21 since he joined the team in 2008.

 

2009 SEASON

Taylor was granted a red-shirt season, retaining sophomore eligibility after he suffered a knee injury during preseason drills.

 

2008 SEASON

The true freshman cornerback played in all fourteen games, recording 24 tackles (17 solos) with two stops for loss…Named WAC All-Academic, he also had one interception and deflected a pass.

 

INJURY REPORT

2009 Season…Missed the season after suffering a knee injury during preseason drills.

2011 Season…Sat out the Nevada-Las Vegas, San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico contests with a leg stress fracture and a hamstring injury.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.39 in the 40-yard dash…1.50 10-yard dash…2.53 20-yard dash…4.06 20-yard shuttle…

6.82 three-cone drill…35-inch vertical jump…10’7” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times…29 3/8-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…73-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Taylor attended Helix (La Mesa, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Donnie Van Hook…Became a starter as a sophomore, recording 40 tackles, as he broke up five passes, made two interceptions and recovered one fumble…Earned All-CIF and All-East County League honors in each of his final two seasons, finishing his career with a total of 155 tackles, 19 pass deflections, nine interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles…During his junior season, Taylor registered 65 tackles, eleven pass break-ups, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Followed that with 50 tackles, four interceptions, three pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior, when he was named East County League Defensive Most Valuable Player and selected to the San Diego All-Academic Team in 2007…Graduated with a 3.6 core grade point average and scored a 1130 SAT (three-part).

 

PERSONAL

Taylor graduated in May, 2012 with a Communications degree and 3.5 grade point average, twice receiving Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors…Currently taking classes toward a master’s in Kinesiology…Resides in San Diego, California.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
2008 14 01 024 017 007  00  00  01  02.0-04   01  0.0-00  00
2010 12 12 035 027 008  00  03  00  03.5-13   02  2.0-08  00
2011 09 09 027 018 009  00  00  02  02.0-07   06  0.5-03  00
2012 13 13 051 031 020  00  03  04  03.5-28   09  2.5-24  00
TOTAL 48 35 137 093 044  00  06  07  11.0-52   18  5.0-35  00

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2008  01      000 00.00  00    00
2010  00      000 00.00  00    00
2011  02      100 50.00  01  100
2012  04      054 13.50  00    26
TOTAL  07      154 22.0  01  100

 

 

TAYLOR GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Michigan St. 08/31/12 at Michigan St. 13-17

Yes

1

26

0

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Miami (OH) 09/15/12 Miami (OH) 39-12

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BYU 09/20/12 BYU 7-6

Yes

1

6

0

3

4

1

1

11

0

1

8

0

1

New Mexico 09/29/12 at New Mexico 32-29

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Southern Miss. 10/06/12 at Southern Miss. 40-14

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Fresno St. 10/13/12 Fresno St. 20-10

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

UNLV 10/20/12 UNLV 32-7

Yes

0

0

0

5

4

0

1

12

0

1

12

1

2

Wyoming 10/27/12 at Wyoming 45-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

San Diego St. 11/03/12 San Diego St. 19-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Hawaii 11/10/12 at Hawaii 49-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Colorado St. 11/17/12 Colorado St. 42-14

Yes

1

22

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nevada 12/01/12 at Nevada 27-21

Yes

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

4

1

0

4

0

0

Washington 12/22/12 Washington 28-26

Yes

1

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

4

54

0

20

31

3

2

28

1

2

24

9

3

 

 

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Georgia 09/03/11 Georgia 35-21

Yes

0

0

0

3

2

1

0

3

1

0

3

0

0

Toledo 09/16/11 at Toledo 40-15

Yes

0

0

0

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulsa 09/24/11 Tulsa 41-21

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Nevada 10/01/11 Nevada 30-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

3

0

0

0

2

0

Fresno St. 10/07/11 at Fresno St. 57-7

Yes

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado St. 10/15/11 at Colorado St. 63-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Air Force 10/22/11 Air Force 37-26

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

UNLV 11/05/11 at UNLV 48-21

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TCU 11/12/11 TCU 35-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

San Diego St. 11/19/11 at San Diego St. 52-35

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wyoming 11/26/11 Wyoming 36-14

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

New Mexico 12/03/11 New Mexico 45-0

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 12/22/11 Arizona St. 56-24

Yes

1

100

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

2

100

1

9

18

2

1

7

1

0

3

6

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Virginia Tech 09/06/10 Virginia Tech 33-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

Wyoming 09/18/10 at Wyoming 51-6

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 09/25/10 Oregon St. 37-24

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

2

New Mexico St. 10/02/10 at New Mexico St. 59-0

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Toledo 10/09/10 Toledo 57-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

San Jose St. 10/16/10 at San Jose St. 48-0

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Louisiana Tech 10/26/10 Louisiana Tech 49-20

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hawaii 11/06/10 Hawaii 42-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Idaho 11/12/10 at Idaho 52-14

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Fresno St. 11/19/10 Fresno St. 51-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nevada 11/26/10 at Nevada 31-34

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Utah St. 12/04/10 Utah St. 50-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

Utah 12/22/10 Utah 26-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Season Totals

0

0

0

8

27

1

3

13

0

1

8

2

3

 

2008 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Idaho St. 08/30/08 Idaho St. 49-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Bowling Green 09/13/08 Bowling Green 20-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 09/20/08 at Oregon 37-32

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Louisiana Tech 10/01/08 Louisiana Tech 38-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Miss. 10/11/08 at Southern Miss. 24-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hawaii 10/17/08 Hawaii 27-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

San Jose St. 10/24/08 at San Jose St. 33-16

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

New Mexico St. 11/01/08 at New Mexico St. 49-0

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

0

Utah St. 11/08/08 Utah St. 49-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Idaho 11/15/08 at Idaho 45-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nevada 11/22/08 at Nevada 41-34

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fresno St. 11/28/08 Fresno St. 61-10

Yes

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TCU 12/23/08 TCU 16-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

0

0

4

15

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

0

 

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