September 2, 2011

Taylor Facing New Lessons

Things have changed drastically both on and off the field for Galena Park (TX) defensive end Tyrone Taylor. The talented defender is spending his first season away from his brother Tyrell who is now a freshman at Texas A&M. Even more than the obvious loss of camaraderie with his brother, teams now find it easy to run away from the most talented player on the field without finding his brother on the other side.

"I think at times it is tough for him," said Galena Park head coach Ray Zepeda of Taylor. "I think he gets frustrated with it. He has gone from a situation last year where his brother was on the other side and they couldn't run away from them so he got a lot of action. This has been an adjustment for him and it's kind of on us as a coaching staff to make the other team funnel some action back his way so he can make plays."

Despite not seeing much action come directly at him, Taylor keeps his mind in the game and tracks down plays from behind.

"I try my best to stay focused every play and I try not to get frustrated," he said. "I'll be honest though. I got a little frustrated at halftime but I worked through it and still was able to make some plays in the end to help get the win."

Coach Zepeda reiterated how Taylor could use this year to make himself better on the field and as a person such as fighting through the urge to take plays off.

"If he keeps his head on right and fights through the frustration it will be a very good learning process for him," he said. "It's going to be imperative that he not get too frustrated and he continues to prepare. It would be easy to not work as hard and let your guard down but being the type of kids they are I don't think that that is going to happen."

Despite Pasadena (TX) Sam Rayburn's best attempts at staying away from the Rivals three star defensive end, they still lost the game 33-26 Thursday night. The win evens Galena Park on the season at 1-1. Taylor knows the team has to win to keep the momentum going.

"It feels good for us to get this win tonight because we were a little down in the locker room after losing last week by seven points," he said following Thursday's game. "It's very important to us to keep this momentum moving and to go into Monday and keep it going. This is not how we play and we need to pick it up."

Although the two stay in contact on almost a daily basis, he plans to get to see his brother again this weekend as he travels up to College Station to see Tyrell and the Aggies take on SMU Sunday.

"I'll be there Sunday and I'll be up there for every game that I can when I am not playing. I talk to him every day and he says things are going real good up there."

Taylor had a handful of tackles in the game just on effort alone as he spent most of his time chasing down plays away from him (including a couple stops behind the line of scrimmage). After taking in the Aggie game Sunday he will be back at work on Monday getting ready for his game against Houston (TX) Sharpstown next week.

Click here for some photos of Taylor in action Thursday.

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