Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Roanoke, Va.

High School:
Patrick Henry H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 249

Position:
LB

WORTH NOTING: Did not play in 1998 for personal reasons ... expected to see action at linebacker this fall ... lettered as a defensive end in 1997 and at linebacker in 1996 ... strong pass rusher ... ranks third among UVa's linebackers entering the 1999 season with nine career tackles for losses ... only Donny Green and Byron Thweatt have more with 11 each ... before missing last season, had played in 23 consecutive games, including the 1996 Carquest Bowl ... was in on eight tackles, four for losses, in the 1999 spring game.

HONORS: 1996-Named ACC Rookie of the Week following Virginia's game with Duke (Nov. 2).

AT VIRGINIA: 1997-Played in all 11 games as a reserve defensive end and on special teams ... started at defensive end in place of Travis Griffith against North Carolina ... the following week against Wake Forest, he started in place of an injured Patrick Kerney ... ranked third on the team in tackles among defensive ends with 24 (eight solo, 16 assists) ... tied Byron Thweatt for fifth on the team in tackles for lost yardage with five, including two quarterback sacks ... registered a season-high six tackles, three unassisted, in Virginia's 21-7 win at Clemson ... sacked Tiger quarterback Nealon Greene for a five-yard loss and had another tackle for a loss in that game ... was in on five tackles, including a sack, against North Carolina ... had three tackles, one for a loss, in the win over Richmond ... was in on two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, against Wake Forest ... totaled two tackles and broke up a pass in UVa's 13-10 victory over Duke ... also credited with a pair of tackles against Georgia Tech ... was in on one tackle against Auburn, Florida State, N.C. State and Virginia Tech ... lettered for the second time. 1996-Played in all 11 regular season contests and in the Carquest Bowl as a reserve linebacker and on special teams ... made his first career start against Virginia Tech in the regular season finale ... posted 20 tackles (16 solo, four assists) on the season ... had four tackles for losses, including two quarterback sacks ... also caused a fumble and intercepted a pass ... had a season-high seven tackles, four unassisted, and caused a fumble against Virginia Tech ... was in on five tackles, including a sack, against Duke ... had two solo tackles, including a sack, against Central Michigan ... had a solo tackle and intercepted a pass against Florida State ... registered two solo tackles against North Carolina ... also returned two kickoffs for 22 yards against the Tar Heels ... had two tackles, one unassisted, against Miami in the Carquest Bowl ... also returned a kickoff 58 yards against Miami ... lettered. 1995-Red-shirted ... did not appear in a game ... was in uniform against William & Mary, North Carolina, Duke, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Fork Union Military Academy during the 1994-95 academic year ... graduate of Patrick Henry High School ... played football for coach John Shuman at Fork Union ... three-year starter at quarterback for coach Ed Scott at Patrick Henry ... earned All-America honors as a high school senior from Blue Chip Illustrated, The Sporting News and Scholastic Coach Magazine ... All-State selection ... twice named All-Region and All-Timesland ... three-time All-District selection ... chosen Region Player of the Year as a senior and Roanoke Valley District Player of the Year as a junior ... passed for 1,328 yards and gained 652 yards rushing his senior year ... passed for over 1,500 yards as a junior ... his 425 yards passing against Pulaski County that season were the sixth most in state history ... rated fifth in the nation among quarterback prospects by Scholastic Coach Magazine, and eighth in the nation by Blue Chip Illustrated and The Sporting News ... selected to Blue Chip Illustrated "Dream Team" ... rated one of the top 25 football prospects in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times after his senior year in high school ... selected to play in the inaugural All-American Bowl and in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) East-West All-Star game ... three-time team captain ... lettered three times in basketball ... played on 1991-92 State Champion AAA basketball team with former Virginia basketball player Curtis Staples ... basketball team was ranked 15th in the nation by USA Today and 11th by ESPN ... named second-team All-State and district MVP as a senior ... first-team All-Region and All-District as a junior and senior ... second-team All-District as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Shannon A. Taylor ... born 2-16-75 in Roanoke, Va. ... son of Sarah Taylor and James Calloway ... has two brothers, Keith (32) and Christopher (23) ... active in Teen Outreach, America's Role Models of Tomorrow and Big Brother programs ... listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students ... participates in the Buddy Program at Charlottesville's Greer Elementary School ... anthropology major.

TAYLOR DEFENSIVELY


                                 Tot      For           Fum  Fum  Pass     Blk

Year  Games Plays Solo  Assists  Tackles  Loss   QBS    Rec  Cau  Brk  Int Kick

1996   11    262   16    4        20     *4/-19  2/-15   0    1    0    1   0

1997   11    459   8     16       24     *5/-20  2/-8    0    0    1    0   0

Career 22    721   24    20       44     *9/-39  4/-23   0    1    1    1   0

*includes sacks

TAYLOR KICKOFF RETURNS


Year    Games  Number  Yards  Average  Long  TD

1996     11     2       22     11.0     13   0

1997     11     0       0      -        0    0

Career   22     2       22     11.0     13   0