Graduated with a bachelor of science in sport communication with a minor in telecommunications in December 2009. Received the 2009 Al Barsch "Hang Tough" Award, given to the player who has hung tough and fought through adversity. An invaluable member of the Hoosier special teams unit, Taylor began his career as a wideout before moving to the secondary late in 2008. He was Indiana's nominee for the 2009 Rudy Award, honoring Division I football players who demonstrate the exemplary values of inspirational football legend Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger.
2009 (Senior): Received three starts and played in all 12 games at safety and on special teams ... posted 22 tackles, 18 solo, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... earned first career start in the team's win over Illinois and remained in lineup the following two weeks at Northwestern and at No. 7 Iowa ... recorded seven tackles, six solo, in addition to two INTs (39 yards) and one forced fumble vs. the Hawkeyes ... collected five solo stops against the Fighting Illini and five tackles vs. the Wildcats ... recovered a fumble on a muffed punt against No. 24 Wisconsin ... selected a captain for the Wisconsin game ... 10-time IU special teams player of the week and a member of the team's One-Play Warrior Club (special teams players of the year) ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2008 (Junior): Appeared in 12 games at wide receiver, safety and on special teams ... due to injuries at safety, moved from wide receiver to safety the final three weeks ... made first career reception for three yards against Iowa ... named IU special teams player of the week following the Penn State game ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2007 (Sophomore): Appeared in three games, making his collegiate debut in the season opener against Indiana State and Big Ten debut against Illinois ... named scout team player of the week following the Indiana State game.
2006 (Freshman): Did not see any game action in 2006.
2005: Redshirted the 2005 season.
Prep/Personal: Caught 45 passes for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Carmel High School for head coach Keith Fielder ... posted 1,700 all-purpose yards en route to all-conference, all-county and honorable mention all-state accolades ... parents are John and Catherine Taylor ... born on Feb. 28, 1987, Collin William Taylor is a sport communication-broadcast major.