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    30 Chris Taylor  
    Chris Taylor

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Memphis, Tenn.

    High School:
    Cordova

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 220

    Position:
    Running Back


    Senior Chris Taylor played in all 11 games in 2005. He rumbled for 740 yards on 156 carries and four touchdowns. He also posted 49 yard with 15 receptions. The four scores set a single-season career high for Taylor as his previous best came with three in 2004.

    Taylor recorded a pair of monster rushing games during the campaign as he pounded the ball for 176 yards on 17 carries against Kentucky on Sept. 17, before racing to 132 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Illinois on Oct. 8. He nearly registered his third 100-yard rushing effort with 97 yards on 13 carries against Purdue on Nov. 19.

    In 2004, he participated in all 11 games, starting two, and finishing the season with 329 yards on 82 carries.

    Taylor opened the year with 53 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown against Central Michigan. He scored his second touchdown of the season, the next game, on a two-yard plunge at Kentucky. He snagged one of his four receptions of the year for a career-long 39 yards at Illinois. Taylor totaled 53 yards on nine carries against a tough Ohio State defense and posted a season-high 15 rushes for 46 yards versus Penn State. He closed the year with nine carries for 48 yards and a touchdown at Purdue. Taylor has been consistent out of the backfield over the last two seasons averaging 4.0 yards per carry in 2003 and 2004.

    In the three-back rotation utilized by the Hoosiers in 2003, Taylor carried the ball 116 times for 464 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor rushed for a season-high 90 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown against Indiana State and had 13 carries for 73 yards at Connecticut (5.6 avg.)

    He originally was slated to redshirt after the first three games of his freshman season of 2002, but due to an injury to Brian Lewis, Taylor had to become Indiana's second tailback. He played six games in his freshman campaign and led all true freshmen in rushing.

    The Memphis, Tenn., native saw action in 143 snaps in 2002. He was the Hoosiers' second-string tailback behind Yamar Washington for the second half of the season.

    Taylor saw 30 snaps of action against Utah, the Hoosiers' second game of the season and the first of his career. He was on the field for six plays against Kentucky before suffering an injury. He missed the next five games with the intention of redshirting. He recovered from his injury and was reinserted into the lineup at Northwestern.

    Taylor responded in his first game back by posting his first 100-yard rushing game. He registered 102 yards with a touchdown on a career-best 21 carries. Yamar Washington also tallied over 100 yards against the Wildcats, marking the first time in IU history that two freshmen rushed for 100 yards in a game.

    He rushed for 229 yards on 48 carries with two touchdowns on the season. Taylor prepped at Cordova High School before coming to Indiana. Taylor was an honorable mention All-State selection, a two-time All-Region selection and a member of All-Memphis Metro Team.

    The son of Charles and Annette Taylor was born November 7, 1983. He has one brother.

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