Aug. 31, 2008
WACO, Texas — Baylor head coach Art Briles has announced the addition of Phillip Taylor to the Bears’ roster. Taylor transferred to Baylor from Penn State, where he played two seasons. Taylor will sit out the 2008 season in order to comply with NCAA transfer rules; he will have two seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2009 season. He is eligible to practice with the Bears this season.
A product of Gwynn Park Senior High School in Clinton, Md., Taylor played in 18 games for the Nittany Lions over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-4, 337-pound defensive tackle had 20 tackles in 11 games last season, including 6.5 stops behind the line. Taylor started the final four games of the 2007 season and tallied five tackles in Penn State’s victory over Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
"He's a big-time guy that we feel like once he spends a year in our system and gets on the field, then he definitely will be an impact player for us the next two years," Briles said. "That's the way you like them to look. If you're saying there goes a defensive tackle, he'd be one you'd look at and point. So yeah, he's got that part down."
Taylor helped anchor a Penn State defensive line that proved to be the nation’s seventh-ranked unit statistically against the run last year, allowing just 93.8 yards per game. The Nittany Lions held eight opponents to fewer than 90 yards rushing.
A 2005 first-team all-state and Washington Post all-metro team selection, Taylor logged 77 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season at Gwynn Park.