Steven Taylor
Steven  Taylor


Cedar Hill, Texas

High School:
Cedar Hill HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225


• East-West Shrine Game Invitee
• 2016 Phil Steele’s AAC First Team
• 2016 American Athletic Conference First Team

• American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 21, 2016)
• Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 20, 2016)
• FWAA Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 20, 2016)
• American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 19, 2016)
• 2016 Lombardi Award Watch List
• 2016 Butkus Award Watch List
• 2016 Nagurski Trophy Watch List
• 2016 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC First Team
• 2015 Phil Steele’s AAC Second Team
• 2015 The American Athletic Conference’s Second Team
• American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 2, 2015)
• American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 12, 2015)
• 2015 Dave Campbell’s Preseason All-Texas First Team
• 2015 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC Third Team
• 2015 Phil Steele’s Preseason AAC Fourth Team
• American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 20, 2014)
• 2014 Phil Steele’s Preseason AAC Second Team

Career: Finished his Houston career tied for fourth on the Houston career tackles for loss chart with 50 ... finished fifth on the UH career sacks chart with 25.5 ... also finished fifth on the Houston career forced fumbles chart with seven ... played in 51 career games with 45 career starts ... finished his career with 331 tackles, 178 of which were solo ... had four career interceptions and 13 pass breakups to go along with four fumble recoveries.

2016: Started 12 games for Houston at linebacker ... led Houston with 8.5 sacks and was second on the team with 74 tackles and 12 tackles for loss, resulting in a loss of 80 yards ... was third in The American with his 8.5 sacks ... ninth in The American with his 12 tackles for loss ... had eight tackles at Memphis (Nov. 25) ... led the Cougars with 14 tackles, had 2.5 sacks and tackles for a loss of 15 yards to accompany a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in a home win vs. No. 3 Louisville (Nov. 17) ... tallied four tackles and a pass breakup in a home win vs. Tulane (Nov. 12) ... had eight tackles, 2.5 for loss in a home win vs. UCF (Oct. 29) ... also had a 0.5 sack for a loss of six yards and a fumble recovery and quarterback hurry vs. the Knights ... led Houston with seven tackles in a road loss at SMU (Oct. 22) ... had four tackles in a home win over Tulsa (Oct. 15) ... tallied four tackles and a pass breakup in a home win vs. UConn (Sept. 29) ... had two tackles in a road win at Texas State (Sept. 24) ... returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown and led the Cougars with nine tackles, 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss in a road win at Cincinnati (Sept. 15) ... led Houston with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks for a loss of 18 yards and two tackles for a loss of 19 yards in a win over Lamar (Sept. 10) ... tallied five tackles and two sacks for a loss of seven yards along with two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in a win over No. 3 Oklahoma (Sept. 3).

2015: Started all 14 games at outside linebacker ... led The American with 10 sacks, a number that ranked fifth nationally among linebackers ... second in the league behind teammate Elandon Roberts with 18.5 tackles for loss ... second on the team with 92 tackles ... tallied six tackles and a sack against Temple in the American Championship game ... led team with 12 tackles, had two tackles for a loss of five yards with a QBH at UConn ... picked off a pass in win over Cincinnati ... recorded 12 tackles and an interception in shutout win over Vanderbilt ... finished with eight tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble in win over SMU ... had a career-high 16 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for loss at Tulsa ... recorded five tackles and a sack in win over Texas State ...  blocked a game-tying field goal at Louisville.

2014: Appeared in 12 of the 13 games in 2014 for the Cougars, while making 10 starts at linebacker ... finished the season as the second leading tackler on the team with 76 stops, including nine tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... recorded one tackle in Houston’s Armed Forces bowl win over Pittsburgh ... had his third double-digit tackle game of the season with 10 to go along with a tackle for loss in the regular season finale at Cincinnati ... registered six tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble at SMU ... picked up a season-high 13 tackles including one for a loss against Tulsa ... had three tackles for loss and a sack to go along with six tackles at USF ... forced and recovered a fumble along with his seven tackles in the win over Temple ... picked up his first sack of the season to go along with six tackles at Memphis ... forced a fumble and reached the double-digit tackle plateau for the first time in 2014 with 10 at BYU.

2013: Took over as Houston’s starting strongside linebacker in the third game of the season ... played in all 13 games with nine starts ... fifth on the team with 89 tackles ... led all linebackers with five pass breakups ... hit double-digit tackles in four games with a career-high 15 tackles vs. BYU ... totaled 14 tackles including a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss vs. Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl ... also had 11 stops vs. Rice and 10 at Rutgers ... had solo sacks vs. USF and Louisville and half sacks vs. Rice and BYU ... recovered two fumbles on the year against Memphis and UCF ... picked off first career pass vs. Cincinnati.

2012: Redshirted.

High School: First Team All-District 5-5A ... led his club to back-to-back district titles ... versatile linebacker that played inside during his high school career but will be an outside linebacker in college ... possesses great speed and good instincts ... collected more than 100 total tackles as a senior, which included three sacks and four forced fumbles ... helped the Longhorns to an 8-4 mark and a 6-1 league record ... Second Team All-District selection as a junior ... honorable mention player of the week by the Dallas Morning News after an incredible 17-tackle performance ... added a blocked punt and a fumble recovery in the Nov. 12, 2010 win.

Personal: Son of Vicky and Steven Taylor Sr. ... lists his father as the most influential person in his life ... uncle, Beaufort Taylor, played football at New Mexico State.

Steven Taylor's Career Bests
16, Tulsa (2015)
Tackles for Loss:
4.0, twice, last vs. SMU (2015)
3.0, twice, last vs. SMU (2015)
1, 4x, last at Cincinnati (2016)
Fumbles Recovered:
1, 3x, last vs. Temple (2014)
Fumbles Forced:
1, 6x, last vs. UCF (2016)
PBU: 1, 11x, last vs. UConn (2016)
QBH: 3, twice, last vs. Cincinnati (2015)
FG Block: 1, at Louisville (2015)

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