Florida Football 100 For 100, No. 51: Michael Taylor, Forgotten Man?

April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Michael Taylor (51) talks to defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) during the first half of the Florida-Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

There are five days until Florida's September 1 opener with Bowling Green. There are 51 entries left in the 100 For 100 series. Here, I searched Area 51 on YouTube so you don't have to.

There are football players who benefit from near-silence in their approach. Linebackers are not among them, and that's why I worry about Gators redshirt sophomore Michael Taylor.

Taylor played in 12 of UF's 13 games last season, and started against Vanderbilt. He had 36 tackles on the year, and 27 came over a five-game span from Kentucky to Vandy that included seven tackles against LSU and six against Georgia. He also picked off a pass and returned it for 30 yards against Kentucky.

But that also means that he only had nine tackles in the other seven games of the year, a pitifully small number for even a backup linebacker. I think Taylor's going to be listed behind Jon Bostic at second-string MLB on Florida's depth chart, but that means his role needs to expand, as he's the likely starter there after Bostic graduates. We've mentioned him here before and really liked what he did in 2011.

But Taylor's slipped out of fans' minds since then, and for good reason. Here's hoping he gives us, the coaches, and the SEC reason to remember his name in 2012.

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