Raymon Taylor Steps Up

Jonathan Daniel

Senior corner J.T. Floyd will sit out of the Outback Bowl for breaking team rules, and his backups are taking advantage of the opportunity to step up.

Michigan suffered a tough setback when it lost Blake Countess early in the year against Alabama, and it will end the year missing senior corner J.T. Floyd as well. Michigan will field Raymon Taylor as its top cover corner, and Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News spoke to him about his ever-increasing role on the defense. From the article:

"Nothing changed for us since J.T.'s gone," Taylor said. "Everything is the same - the next guy is going to have to step up and make a play. Everything is still the same. Same game plan. Someone is going to have to step up like I did. We all miss J.T. He was a great guy, but we have to keep moving. He's not here with us, but we have to keep moving as a team.

"Everyone knows the situation, so everyone knows their job, and everyone just has to step up and make a play, do something different since J.T. is not here. We're just helping each other. No matter who's in there, we're going to help each other. That's the biggest thing is helping each other and keeping the team together."

Floyd showed major improvement last year but has since been exposed by fast receivers, so replacing him with Taylor shouldn't hurt Michigan's ability to cover too much. Courtney Avery will plenty of minutes across from Taylor, with Dennis Norfleet coming making appearances as a nickel corner.

Wouldn't it be perfect if Norfleet was the man to cover Ace Sanders in nickel and dime situations? Sanders isn't a threat to go up and take the ball away from anyone, but he's damn quick. Sounds like a job for Mr. Norfleet.

We'll see a close game if Taylor, Avery and Norfleet play up to their potential.

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