In advance of their final game at Rice Stadium on Friday, we salute our 19 seniors.
Owls leading playmaker at wide receiver who continues to advance up the Owls career lists.
Second-team, All C-USA selection...Owls single-game and career receiving leader in bowl action. Caught nine for 153 yards and three TDs in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl...Caught a career-best 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown at LA Tech... was his fourth 100-yard game this season and eighth of his career...Rice is 7-1 in games in which he tops 100 yards...Also has two games with nine catches this year...Leads the Owls with 49 catches and 781 yards despite playing just nine games... missed first three with an injury and saw only limited playing time in his return...Has 48 catches for 780 yards and six scores in last eight games after returning to full action...781 yards rank 10th on the Owls season chart and he joins Jarett Dillard as the only Owls to have three seasons rank in the top 10...Ranks second all-time at Rice in yards (2,524), touchdown receptions (19) and fourth in receptions (170)...Has caught at least one pass in 29straight games...Has TD catches of 88, 61, 41, 31, 29 and 24 yards this year..Tied the school record with an 88-yard scoring catch from Driphus Jackson on the first play from scrimmage vs. North Texas...Returned to the starting lineup in style, compiling his fifth career 100 yard receiving day vs. Hawai'i (5/103/1)...Consensus preseason All C-USA candidate after earning second team honors from league coaches last year...First team preseason All C-USA choice by Phil Steele and Athlon...Named to the Biletnikof Award Watch List.
Earned second-team All C-USA honors from league coaches... Caught a pass in each game and has an overall streak of 22 games... Stunned Marshall with a career-long, 75-yard touchdown catch to give Rice a 14-0 lead after the Owls' first two possessions... Play was the longest scoring pass in C-USA Championship history... Caught six passes for 131 yards, his fourth career 100-yard receiving day... Had a career-high eight TD receptions, six in the last six games... Eight TD receptions are tied for sixth in school history... Set a career-high with 185 yards on four catches vs. UTEP and matched his career high with three TD catches... Receiving total was the most by an Owl at Rice Stadium and the third-best in school history, topped only by James Casey's 208 at Memphis in `08 and David Houser's 196 at Florida in `76... Became the 12th Owl to reach 100 career catches and now ranks sixth with 120... Houser is fifth with 152... Now has 1,741 receiving yards to rank sixth, needs six to move past Toren Dixon into fifth... Casey is fourth with 1,914... Picked up where left off in the Armed Forces Bowl, leading the Owls with seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown vs. Texas A&M... His grab of a deflection for a five-yard TD made ESPN's Top 10 Plays for the first weekend of college football.
Led the Owls with 826 receiving yards 57 receptions, capping his breakout sophomore season with a sparkling Armed Forces Bowl performance... Named to All Bowl teams by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com and USA Today after catching nine passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns... Became the first Owl to catch more than one TD pass in a bowl and also set a school bowl mark with his 153 yards receiving... Nine receptions matched Jarett Dillard's 2008 Texas Bowl for the school record... 826 yards ranks seventh on the Rice season chart and his 57 receptions moved him into a tie for seventh with Doug Cunningham (1976)... Led the Owls with 18 receptions of 20 yards or more, the most by an Owl since James Casey (21) and Dillard (18) in 2008... Had at least one catch of 20 yards in 11 of 13 games... 44 of 57 receptions resulted in first downs... Set career-highs with nine catches for 101 yards in the Owls' win at Kansas, with his 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter helping spark their rally to post Rice's first win over a Big XII opponent... Had receptions in 12 of 13 games and had at least three catches in 10 of 13.
Multi-talented athlete whose run at playing time after a strong spring was delayed after an injury prior to the start of camp... Caught 10 passes for 721 yards and a pair of touchdowns, all in the last four games of the year after completing his injury rehab and making his debut vs. Houston... Completed passes in back-to-back games vs. Northwestern and Tulane for a total of 77 yards... Set up the Owls' lone touchdown late in the game at Northwestern by returning to his quarterback roots and hitting Andre Gautreaux on a 49-yard completion... Completed a 34-yarder to Tyler Smith vs. Tulane... Found the end zone for the first time in his career when he scored the go-ahead touchdown vs. UTEP in the Owls' 41-37 Homecoming win... Six-yard scoring pass from Nick Fanuzzi capped an 83 yard drive midway through the fourth quarter... Caught three passes for 15 yards against the Miners.
Redshirted in his first season on campus.
Denison High School
4A Region II Player of the Year as a quarterback for coach Cody White at Denison High... Earned all state honors from Rivals.com while leading Denison to the 4A Division II semifinals... Ranked by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as one of the top 20 athletes in Texas and a member of its Top 300... Threw for 3,766 yards and 40 TDs and ran for 2,500 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career... Earned all district and honorable mention all state honors as a wide receiver as a sophomore before moving to quarterback as a junior... Caught 29 passes for 546 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore... Also played baseball and earned all district honors as an outfielder as a junior... Ran track as a senior... Academic All State selection.
Full Name: Jordan Neel Taylor... Born: Feb. 18, 1992 at Sherman, Texas... Parents: Randy and Karen Taylor (one brother)... Brother, Ryan, was an offensive lineman at UCLA and is now the O-line coach at Tyler JC... Kinesiology major... Rice College: Hanszen.