2017 Game Program Senior Feature: Adam Taylor
For Adam Taylor, his career as a Husker hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been worth it. After being heavily recruited out of Katy High School in Texas, Taylor had his choice of colleges to play football. Although the list was lengthy, his decision was simple.
“The family atmosphere,” Taylor said of the deciding factor to commit to the Huskers. “I just knew the coaches were going to help me develop more as a man so I can get ready for my second part of life when that time came.”
The first part of Taylor’s life was that of a star running back.
“As a kid, I looked up to Ricky Williams and Adrian Peterson. They were both running backs, so I idolized their game,” Taylor said of his early idols.
Taylor lived up his idols during a prolific high school career in Texas, being named the Houston Chronicle’s Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year and was tabbed as the OldCoach.com Class 5A State MVP. Taylor was also an honorable-mention Class 5A Texas all-state selection while playing for one of the nation’s top 20 high school teams.
Upon arriving in Lincoln, Taylor quickly made a name for himself by earning the Nebraska Scout Team Offensive MVP honor during his redshirt freshman year in 2013. Taylor then suffered a leg injury that made him find a different way to help the Huskers.
In his sophomore season, he found a new role on special teams where he had five tackles on kick coverage, including three solo stops. During his junior season, Taylor played in the first five games of the year and was once again sidelined with an injury.
Although his career has been plagued with injuries, Taylor has stayed the course and remains hopeful for the remainder of his senior season as a Husker. Taylor has hopes of competing for playing time at I-back and continuing to play a role on the Huskers’ special teams units. He wants to do whatever he can to help the team win to create lifelong memories like the Huskers’ upset of Michigan State in 2015.
“I would say Michigan State in 2015 was my best memory,” Taylor said. “The atmosphere here was just crazy, with that catch at the end.”
In addition to dealing with injuries, Taylor said there have been many adjustments he has had to make after growing up in Texas, noting that there are differences between the Lone Star and Cornhusker states.
“[The] biggest difference obviously has to be the weather, especially during football season,” Taylor said. “It is a lot hotter in Texas.”
In addition to that adjustment, Taylor has also had the opportunity to experience different food than he was accustomed to back home.
“The food is a big difference, as in seasoning and variety,” Taylor laughed. “There’s no soul food and no Cajun food.”
Taylor has had the opportunity to grow as a person while at Nebraska. Fueled by his determination and support from his Husker coaches and teammates, Taylor has succeeded both on and off the field. A two-time letterwinner, Taylor was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the Spring of 2016 and is on track to graduate in December with a degree in business administration.
By the end of this year, Taylor will have seen his college career wrap up both academically and athletically and although he isn’t sure what the future holds, he is sure he will always be a Husker.