When the Summit football team got off to an 0-3 start in 2013, it did not appear that it would be the Jaguars’ best season and it certainly did not look like it would make the postseason.
The Jags turned it around in district play, however, and even won a playoff game over Nacogdoches before losing in the area round to Wylie.
Coach Travis Pride said his team is amped up for the 2014 campaign, which he anticipates will be a good one for one of his players in particular.
Burrell Taylor will be a two-way player this season at receiver and defensive back, and Pride said the Summit senior brings a lot to the program.
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“He is going to probably start or play significantly at safety and receiver,” Pride said. “He is one of my returning starters, and he has provided great leadership. His biggest assets are that he has a great work ethic, he holds his teammates accountable and he does it by leading by example.
“He is going to be a dynamic player for us, and he is going to be on the field a lot. He is just a great kid with a lot of character.”
Taylor said that he accepts his role as one of the team leaders for this season.
“I try to bring a lot of energy and leadership,” Taylor said. “I think that one of the things we need the most on this team right now is leadership, and that is what I want to bring.”
Taylor said that he is pretty satisfied with how the 2013 season unfolded for the Jaguars.
“It started out hard,” Taylor said. “We had a lot of new players on varsity, but we finished out really good.”
The Summit senior runs a 4.42 in the 40 yard dash and said that most of his off-season focused on getting even faster.
“I tried to improve my speed on more routes,” Taylor said. “I also went out and worked on catching a lot of passes and just working on overall speed.”
Taylor has some very definite goals for his season, both from a personal and team standpoint, as well.
“Personally, I'd like to get 800 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns,” Taylor said. “For the team, I want for us to get past the second round of the playoffs. It always seems like the second round is where we get stuck.”
In order to make the postseason and advance past the second round, Taylor said he believes it will take a couple of things.
“We have to have hard work and dedication,” Taylor said. “We can't have individuals. Everybody has to play together as a team.”
Pride said he will rely on Taylor to provide leadership this season and said he is critical to any success the Jaguars will enjoy in 2014.
“He will be integral,” Pride said. “He provides that senior leadership and is really kind of the glue that keeps us together in terms of high expectations and accountability, and I think he'll back that up with his play.”