Taylor Has No Problem Carrying A Heavy Load
When Rendrick Taylor signed with Clemson, it was almost expected he would have to learn more than one position. The expectation was Taylor would spend a season at wide receiver then move to linebacker. Wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney was very outspoken last year that Taylor was a wide receiver.
Swinney's wishes and Taylor's wishes were granted, he stayed at wide receiver. Now, Taylor is learning multiple positions on offense.
Last season, when Kelvin Grant suffered a shoulder injury Taylor had to learn the X-position, as well as the Z-position. Swinney again was outspoken in giving the young freshman a lot of credit for taking on that role physically and mentally.
Now, innovative offensive coordinator Rob Spence has created the J-back position specifically for Taylor. This is were Taylor lines up almost like a tight end. The idea is with Taylor's size and athleticism, they can create mismatches in the middle of the field.
How large of role will Taylor's position play in the offense this season, we will not know until the season starts, but the coaches have spoken highly of the rising sophomore.
Taylor will also line up as a tight end. It is multiple roles, but Taylor says he enjoys the opportunity.
"I just want to play. It was frustrating last year with my wrist, and I feel I still have something to prove. I am open to doing whatever the coaches ask me to do."