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Dr. William Taylor Jr.

There is little doubt that Billy Taylor was one of the best recruits that Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, a SCSHOF member, ever recruited out of Barberton High School. As a sophomore in 1969, Taylor averaged a whopping 6.1 yards per carry for the maize and blue and scored seven times. He made the All-Big 10 first team and was named All-American Honorable Mention by the AP. The Wolverines went to the Rose Bowl only to lose to Southern Cal, 10-3. A year later he gained nearly 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. All of this in spite of a knee problem that plagued him during the season. Again, he was named to the AP All-American team and the All-Big 10 first team. Despite having knee surgery and missing spring ball, the 5-10, 220 pound senior led Michigan to an undefeated 11-0 season as he rushed for 1,358 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns. His 587 career rushing attempts set an all-time Michigan record and his total rushing yards of 3,072 was the second highest total in Wolverine history. However, the Wolverines’ quest for the national title was dashed with a 13-12 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Taylor was named the team’s most valuable player, picked first team All-American by the Football News and, for the third straight year, was named first team All-Big 10. He was a fifth round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons, however he didn’t seem to have the same type of success he had in the collegiate ranks. Taylor spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles as well as playing in Canada and for the World Football League. Billy earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in education from Michigan and in 2003 received his PhD. from Nevada-Las Vegas. Currently, he is on the staff at the Community College of Southern Nevada-Las Vegas.

Inducted 2004 | Football