We continue our most valuable players list at #35, now just 37 days away from the Beavers season opener against Oklahoma State at Reser. With fall camp right around the corner, it’s starting to feel like football season.
#35 Kolby Taylor - Wide Receiver
Wide Receiver is going to be a position of strength for the Beavers in 2019. The wide outs made big strides last season, showing they can be consistent threats to opposing defenses. One person who is going to help contribute more next season is redshirt sophomore, Kolby Taylor.
Taylor was one of the bright spots in a pretty good (for Oregon State standards) 2017 recruiting class. He was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN and the number one wide receiver prospect coming out of Arizona. His 5-11, 207 pound frame reminds me a lot of former Beaver great, Markus Wheaton. Taylor’s brother Kerry, played at Arizona state from 2007-2010 and was a part of Gary Andersen’s coaching staff as a quality control assistant.
After redshirting his first season, Taylor played in 11 games last year, catching seven passes for 93 yards. His best game came against Nevada on Sept. 15, making three receptions for a total of 60 yards.
Taylor dropped a couple passes thrown his way last season, but his quick feet allow him to run great routes and make it easier for him to get open. The talent at wide receiver for the Beavers might make it hard for Taylor to find consistent playing time next season, but I think he will be effective when used and add more depth that you can never have too much of.
17 Receptions, 228 Yards