|1992-97 Baylor (Graduate Assistant (1992-93); Wide Receivers (1994, 1997); Secondary (1995-96))
|1998 New Mexico (Running Backs)
|1999-2003 Tulane (Wide Receivers)
|2004-07 Tennessee (Running Backs (2004-05); Asst. Head Coach/Player Development/WRs (2005-07))
|2008 Oklahoma State (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
|2009- Auburn (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers)
|Player - 1991 Copper
|Coach - 1994 Alamo, 2002 Hawaii, 2005 Cotton, 2007 Outback, 2008 Outback, 2008 Holiday, 2010 Outback, 2011 BCS National Championship Game
|Hometown: Cuero, Texas
|Wife: former Evi Crosby
|Children daughter: Starr; son: Blaise
|College Baylor University (B.S., 1992)
|Playing Experience Baylor (defensive back), 1988-91
Trooper Taylor is in his fourth season as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Auburn.
In 2010, Taylor's receiver corps produced in all phases, making impact catches and providing hard-nosed blocking
for the Tigers' conference-best rushing attack. Taylor was also instrumental in helping Auburn bring in one of the most
highly regarded recruiting classes in the nation for 2011. The Tigers recruiting class was ranked fourth-best nationally
Auburn receivers connected on 45 plays of 20 yards or more, including five plays of 60 yards or more, as the Tigers set a school record for points (577) and
led the Southeastern Conference averaging 41.2 points per game.
The Tigers had three receivers total 500 yards or more last season and as a unit averaged 16.9 yards per catch, hauling in 2,461 of Auburn's total 3,002
total passing yards. Sophomore receiver Emory Blake and QB Cam Newton combined to register the longest pass play in Auburn history, a 94-yard scoring strike
During his first season, he helped the Auburn offense emerge as one of the nation's finest, while also
solidifying his reputation as a top-notch recruiter.
The Auburn offense set numerous school records during his first season, including points in a season
(433), most total yards of offense in a season (5,613) and most plays in a season (914).
Taylor coached Darvin Adams, who broke the Auburn single-season record for receptions with 60
for 997 yards and ranked second in the SEC with 10 touchdown catches. Adams, who entered the season
with just three career catches for 18 yards, was named the MVP of the Outback Bowl after hauling
in career highs of 12 receptions for 142 yards.
In addition to his coaching duties on the field, Taylor was instrumental in Auburn signing a consensus
top-five recruiting class in 2010. For his efforts, he was named by Rivals.com to its list of the top 25 recruiters
in the nation and one of the top 10 recruiters in the SEC for the signing class of 2010. It marked the
third time he has been named to the top 25 list by Rivals.com, having previously earned the recognition in
2005 and 2007.
In 2008 in his only season at Oklahoma State, Taylor helped the OSU offense produce two first-team
All-Americans in wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter. A Biletnikoff Award finalist
and a first-team All-Big 12 selection
and academic all-conference member,
Bryant led the Big 12 in receiving and
was third nationally.
In 2006 at Tennessee, Taylor
coached Robert Meachem, a firstround
NFL draft pick, to All-America
He also directed the Vols running
backs from 2004-05, coaching Cedric
Houston and Gerald Riggs Jr., who
became UT's first pair of 1,000-yard
rushers in the same season, in 2004.
Taylor played defensive back at
Baylor from 1988-91 and finished his
playing career as the school's leader
in kickoff returns (53) and return yardage
Taylor came to Knoxville after
coaching receivers at Tulane from
1999-2003. He coached four wideouts
into the NFL during his tenure in
New Orleans, in Adrian Burnette,
Kerwin Cook and Terrell Harris. The
fourth future NFL player under his tutelage
at Tulane was Roydell Williams,
who went on to set school and Conference
USA career record for touchdown
catches with 35.