A Doak Walker Award semifinalist as the nation’s top RB in 2012, Taylor started 39 of 53 games played at Stanford and established school career records for rushing attempts (843), rushing yards (4,300), total TDs (45) and 100-yard rushing performances (21) … his 40 career rushing TDs rank second in school annals as do his 270 career points and he is the only player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons … in addition to his rushing statistics, added 97 receptions for 778 yards and five TDs and returned one kickoff for 17 yards.
2012: The Doak Walker Award semifinalist started all 14 games for the Cardinal as a senior and was named the Irving S. Zeimer Award recipient, given to the team’s most valuable player … added second-team All-Pac 12 Conference recognition from the coaches and was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week vs. Southern California and UCLA … selected as the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week vs. USC … won Offensive Player of the Game honors for his performance in the Rose Bowl … for the third consecutive year, led the team with 322 carries for 1,530 yards (4.8 avg.) and 13 TDs (sixth on the school season-record list) … became the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons … Toby Gerhart (343 carries for 1,871 yards in 2009) is the only Cardinal to record more rushing attempts and rushing yards than Taylor in one season … finished second on the team with a career-best 41 receptions for 287 yards (7.0 avg.) and two TDs … scored 15 total TDs, the fifth-best total in a single-season by a Stanford player … his 1,817 all-purpose yards rank seventh on the school’s record chart … gained at least 100 rushing yards in eight games, tying Toby Gerhart (2008) and Tommy Vardell (1991) for the second most 100+ yard rushing games by a Cardinal; his eight 100-yard rushing performances gave him a school-record 21 100-yard outings for his career … closed out his college career with a TD and 88 rushing yards on 20 carries against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, earning offensive MVP honors.
2011: A second-team All-Pac-12 choice, Taylor started all 13 games and earned the Gundelach Award as the team's top junior player … ranked fourth in the conference in rushing after averaging 102.3 yards per game … totaled 1,330 rushing yards for the season, the third-best single season total in school history … his 242 carries rank fourth and his 10 rushing TDs tied for 10th on the school’s season-record list ... became just the third back in Stanford history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, joining Darrin Nelson (1977-78) and Toby Gerhart (2008-09) ... posted six 100-yard rushing games … added 25 receptions for 182 yards (7.3 avg.) and two TDs, giving him 72 total points on the year … averaged 116.3 all-purpose yards per game … posted a season-best 177 rushing yards and two TDs on a career-best 35 carries (fifth on the Stanford single-game record chart) vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.
2010: Started 12 of 13 games played in his first season as Stanford’s featured back, recording 1,137 rushing yards on the year, the fourth-best single-season total ever by a Stanford player … his 223 carries placed seventh in school annals, and his 15 TD runs tied Toby Gerhart (2008) for the third-most in school history … received All-Pac 10 honorable mention from the league’s coaches … ranked fourth on the team with 28 receptions for 266 yards (9.5 avg.) and a TD … ranked third on the school’s record chart with 16 total TDs … scored 96 total points and amassed 1,420 all-purpose yards (109.2 per game) … led a Stanford rushing attack that averaged 213.8 yards per game and compiled the second-highest rushing total in school history (2,779 yards) ... became the first Stanford sophomore to rush for over 1,000 yards since Darrin Nelson (1,061) in 1978 and was just the sixth back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season ... totaled seven 100-yard rushing games, including a season-best 142 yards on 27 carries with two scores vs. Washington State ... became the second back in school history to rush for 100 yards in five consecutive games when he accomplished the feat vs. Notre Dame (108 on 28 carries), Oregon (113 on 17 carries), USC (104 on 23 carries), Washington State (142 on 27 carries) and Washington (104 on 20 carries), joining Gerhart, who closed his career with seven consecutive 100-yard games … tied the school’s single-game record with four rushing TDs vs. Arizona, equaling a mark set six other times, most recently by Toby Gerhart vs. California in ‘09 … ran for 114 yards on 13 carries in Stanford's Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
2009: Appeared in all 13 games as a freshman while playing behind All-American RB Toby Gerhart … finished the season with 56 carries for 303 yards and two TDs and added three receptions for 43 yards … recorded a solo tackle vs. UCLA.
Attended Mansfield (TX) High School where he was a four-star recruit from both Rivals.com and Scout.com … earned Prep Star All-America honors during his final season, capping a career that saw him rush for school career records with 4,792 yards and 67 TDs during his three-year varsity career … as a sophomore, rushed for 743 yards and six TDs in his first varsity season, receiving first-team Class 5A All-State honors … produced one of the finest seasons in school annals, rushing for 1,586 yards and 21 TDs and posting 19 receptions for 231 yards and four TDs as a junior … named 2007 District 4-5A MVP and earned honorable mention All-State accolades in addition to being named first-team Super Team by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News … as a senior, rushed for a school-record 2,463 yards and 33 TDs and had 12 receptions for 168 yards and two TDs, helping Mansfield to the third round of the state playoffs, the school's best postseason run in its 100-year history … earned 2008 Texas Super Team's Offensive Player of the Year and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Player of the Year honors … selected District 4-5A Offensive MVP and All-Super Team first-team by the Dallas Morning News … also lettered in basketball … in the classroom, received academic all-district honors and a proclamation from the mayor of Mansfield for his success on and off the football field … Science, Technology and Society major.