Feature story on Jovonte Taylor

About how he understands the offense better now, Jovonte Taylor said:
“When I first got here I didn’t know all the reads and all that. But now I feel like I know it. I just look at the defense and know what route I’m going to run.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Taylor has been running first at wide receiver in the first two days of fall camp with senior Malcolm Lane out of action. UH coach Greg McMackin said Lane is not practicing while he tends to “personal business.””

Taylor said that his increased work load with Lane missing camp gives him a chance:
“to show what I can fully do, to show my potential and that I can make big plays.” (HSB)

About how they will have the offense and defense compete with each other in practice today, Mac said:
“We’ve worked on a bunch of fundamentals and techniques right now and went over basic defenses and offenses. (Today) we’ll get to start competing with one another. Now we can start evaluating, because we’ll be competing and see who’s making plays.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Taylor, a junior, sat out most of last season due to an illness and was granted a medical hardship. He returned at full strength in the spring and was the leading receiver in the Warrior Bowl with five receptions for 135 yards and the decisive touchdown.”

About his workouts in Hawaii all summer to improve his speed and strength, Taylor said:
“Track workouts, running routes, going at it the whole summer. I’m a lot stronger than I was before, that’s for sure. I feel a lot faster and I feel a lot more confident in my routes going over it the whole summer. I’m a lot more precise with my cuts and catching and all of that.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Rodney Bradley entered camp as the leader at the receiver spot opposite Taylor, with sophomore Royce Pollard also in the mix.”

About how they are looking for deep threats from the outside receivers to open things up for the rest of the offense, Mac said:
“It’s going to be tough competition. Obviously that outside burning speed is really important in this offense so we can spread the field.” (HSB)



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