ATLANTA — When you think of running backs in Florida history, you think of Emmitt Smith, Errict Rhett and Fred Taylor, to name some of the most notable. But what about Fred’s son, Kelvin?
Florida coach Jim McElwain raised some eyebrows when he said that Kelvin Taylor is doing things that should make him be considered one of the greatest running backs in school history.
“Obviously his numbers, he’s I think done some things that will put him right up there historically as one of the real great Florida running backs,” McElwain said at his press conference on Friday.
Taylor has rushed for 977 yards and scored 13 touchdowns this season. He’s also caught 17 passes for 150 yards. There’s no comparison to last season’s version of Kelvin Taylor. Entering this season, there were question marks on whether or not Taylor could be “the guy.” After all, he only rushed for 565 yards last season. McElwain said there’s one big difference from last season to this year for Taylor.
“Well, what he’s done and he keeps getting a little bit better at it, is understanding the patience he needs to the hole and then accelerate with speed through the hole,” McElwain said. “I think early, he was running so hard and so fast, sometimes he wasn’t letting things develop and I think he’s done a much better job of that.”
In his career, Taylor is 16th all-time in program history for rushing yards, 10th in rushing touchdowns and 31st among all Gators with 2,229 yards from scrimmage. Is Taylor really one of the best running backs in program history? I think that’s a stretch.