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Darrell Taylor Wins Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week

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Tennessee redshirt junior linebacker Darrell Taylor nearly set a school record on Saturday. And for that, he’s been recognized nationally as the best defensive player in college football this past weekend.

Taylor was awarded the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance during Tennessee’s 24-7 victory over No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday. Taylor had a whopping four sacks, forced a fumble, and totaled seven tackles on the afternoon. He finished half a sack shy of tying the school record for most sacks in a game. That record was set in 2013 when Corey Miller picked up 4.5 sacks against the same opponent Taylor had four sacks against — Kentucky.

The Virginia native became only the third Vol ever to have four sacks in one game. He joins both Miller and former Vol legend Reggie White as the only Vols with four sacks in one game. White got four sacks in 1983 when Tennessee took on The Citadel.

Saturday’s game was the second time this season that Taylor had a huge outburst on the field. Earlier this year, Taylor totaled three sacks and forced two fumbles against Georgia during the Vols’ 38-12 loss to the Bulldogs.

Taylor came into this season with just three career sacks in 18 games played. He now has seven in 10 games during his redshirt junior season, giving him 10 in his career.

On the season, Taylor has 28 tackles, seven sacks, eight tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three quarterback hurries.

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