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Darrell Taylor

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When he came in to Tennessee, Darrell Taylor was undersized to play defensive end. He was even undersized to play linebacker. This past season, he was still undersized to play defensive end in the SEC at just 254 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

But in a 3-4 defensive scheme, Taylor could finally thrive.

Taylor flashed his potential as a redshirt sophomore this past season, totaling 27 tackles, three sacks, and four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and six quarterback hurries.

In Pruitt’s system, Taylor could transition to more of an outside linebacker/pass rush specialist role. Taylor has the skill set to do just that, and he’s shown that he can be effective when asked to get after the quarterback.

A position change may be in Taylor’s future, and that should only help him reach his potential.

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