Terrors’ Taylor never sought spotlight
Some players catch a coach’s eye when they step on their football field for the first time their freshman year. Glynn Academy head football coach Rocky Hidalgo said Marlon Taylor was one of those players.
During the first practice, Hidalgo said Taylor exploded off the line as defensive end and showed the potential to become a great player.
“It was obvious,” he said. “He had great takeoff. He had twitch. You could tell.”
Taylor continued to improve each season and played liked an most valuable player this season, which led to his selection as the News’ Defensive Player of the Year.
Taylor said he never had any aspiration to play any of the glamor positions such as quarterback, running back or wide receiver on offense. And he wasn’t interested in playing linebacker, safety or cornerback on defense. He said he wanted to play on the defensive line from the very beginning.
“The most important positions are the offensive and defensive lines,” he said. “Without them, the other players wouldn’t be able to do what they do.”
Hidalgo said Taylor was very coachable and didn’t need to be motivated to put in the hard work physically and academically to continue to improve as a player.
“He’s easy to deal with,” he said.
Taylor was a leader on the field with the effort he put forth every play. He said he learned his work ethic and drive from his mother, who played basketball in high school.
Also the Region 2-6A Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor finished his senior season with 42 tackles, including 20 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks, along with 17 quarterback pressures.
Taylor is weighing multiple scholarship offers. He said he plans to major in graphic design and the college with the best programs will help determine his choice.
His goal is to continue the hard work that enabled him receive scholarship offers.
“I’m going to college, so it was worth the hard work,” he said. “I’m playing football for my academics.”