This is a very special podcast folks as we've got Ryan Taylor on the show to talk about the UNC controversy, the 2010 season, his NFL draft stock and of course the process of getting to his ultimate goal; playing in the league. Taylor garnered somewhat of a cult following among the truly die hard UNC fans as a Mr. Everything for the Heels. He started on special teams from day one, played some tight end, then moved to defense, then back to offense as a fullback and then finally settling in at tight end, again, for his final season.
Ryan Taylor had somewhat of a break out year in his fifth year as he was pressed into more action than expected as Zack Pianalto, the starter, suffered yet another season ending injury. Taylor posted up 36 catches for 330 yards but hidden within those numbers is the turn he took to finish the season when the Heels needed him; 21 catches for 217 yards in the final three games. That's a 7 catch and 72 yard average, the biggest showing coming in the Music City Bowl where the Heels pulled out a late win over Tennessee.
Taylor talks about the pre-season turmoil the Heels experienced and how, as a team, they were able to fight through it starting with entering the season opener against LSU down 14 men (no I'm not about to cry when I say I was proud of their fight). He also discusses his break out in the wake of the Pianalto injury and how he was just happy he could step up when his number was finally called. As talk turns to the NFL we discuss where he fits in the league, how the shift towards multi-tight end sets has helped increase his value and how special teams will impact his ability to help a team in the league.
Ryan also drops some news on Hunter Furr tearing it up in spring ball, really stepping up to the plate as the Heels search for a feature back and talks about both Bryn Renner and AJ Blue.
We have a our first country song as a little live Blake Shelton "Playboys of the Southwestern World" gets a spin.
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