August 12, 2007

Stellar performance by Taylor in scrimmage

Many of the 4,000 or so fans in attendance during Saturday afternoon's camp Tontozona scrimmage laid their eyes on talented freshman wide receiver Kerry Taylor for the first time.

No doubt they left wanting more.

Taylor continued his impressive week of camp leading all ASU receivers statistically in the scrimmage with 5 catches for 87 yards, including a spectacular one-handed grab while running up field.

"I'm out there to make plays," he said after his first scrimmage at camp t.

And Taylor did just that, catching two first downs early in the scrimmage, with catches of 11 and 19 yards respectively.

"It's good to finally get in a scrimmage-type atmosphere," Taylor said.

Being able to showcase his abilities in front of the coaching staff and fans has been important for Taylor, but not as crucial as winning over his starting quarterback.

Taylor said the two have been sitting at the same table during team meals, telling stories and getting to know each other better.

"He's starting to build confidence in me," Taylor said of Rudy Carpenter. "I'm catching his passes and getting open for him - he likes to see that."

Taylor already likes their chances of the two becoming a dynamic passing combination saying, "I think the sky is the limit for us."

While Taylor was able to make plays early in the scrimmage, the offense as a whole did not.

"We had too many guys making mental mistakes," Taylor said. "We needed to calm down a bit -- some of the guys were overly-excited."

One position that Taylor commended was the play of the quarterbacks.

"They looked great. Every time I came out of a route the ball was right on the money, same as the other receivers," he said. "We couldn't ask for much more the ball was right in our chests every time."

If Taylor's route-running and receiving stood-out, there were areas that he could still improve upon.

After the scrimmage, Taylor went over to speak with his family and to get tips from his father Keith, a 10-year veteran of the NFL.

"There's always stuff that I can work on, he said work on your blocking and get in their a little bit more - he always tells me the stuff I need to work on," he said.

Fathers know best, especially when their son is playing on a team with a powerful running attack.

"A lot of times as a receiver you can help the run game by getting your blocks and getting in great position," Keith said. "You're there to make blocks but can you make the block?"

Though Keith understands that his son can improve in all areas of his game, at the same time he is extremely proud of what Kerry has accomplished.

"It's great to see, this is his dream," he said. "It's what he's wanted to do for a long time and he has put in a lot of work. He started way back in March when they first started training to get ready for the season.

"It's good to see all the hard work paying off."

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