Monday, November 02, 2015

American Athletic Conference names Steven Taylor Defensive Player of the Week

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND  (November 2, 2015) Junior Steven Taylor has been named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as announced early Monday morning, November 2, 2015 via a press release from The American Athletic Conference Department of Communication. The 6-1, 225-pound outside linebacker for the Houston Cougars received the honor after his outstanding performance in Houston’s 34-0 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Taylor, who played his high school football for Cedar Hill (Texas) High School, returned an interception 25 yards to begin a drive that resulted in a Houston touchdown. In addition, he tallied 12 tackles against Vanderbilt, seven of them solo tackles and forced one fumble. He had seen action in eight games for the Cougars in 2015 and has registered 42 solo tackles and 47 assisted tackles. He has three sacked to his credit for a total loss of 28 yards.

He currently leads the American Athletic Conference in sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (3.0). He has a career best of 16 tackles against Tulsa in 2015 and has twice tallied four tackles for a loss. His three-year career total to date includes 226 tackles, with 119 of them solo affairs, in 33 games. He has registered 15 sacks for a total loss of 121 yards and 32.5 tackles for a loss for 156 yards.

Houston had four regular season games remaining, with their next game on Saturday, November 7, 2015 against the Cincinnati Bearcats, with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at TDECU Stadium in Houston. They follow the Cincinnati game with a Saturday, November 14, 2015 match up against No. 15 Memphis. The Cougars are currently ranked No. 18 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

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