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2010 May 10

30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 20

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Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Players since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout May to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

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Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and Best Games since 1980. Also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!


No. 20 Aaron Taylor (1994-1997)

The 1997 Outland Trophy winner excelled at two different positions - guard and center - during his Husker career. He won three national titles, and was an integral part of the 1995 and 1997 squads. The school record-holder in pancake blocks until Toniu Fonoti surpassed him in 2001, Taylor is the only Husker to be named an All-American at two different positions.

Amiable and friendly off the field, but rawhide-tough on it, Taylor wasn’t of prototypical size - about 6-foot, 300 pounds - but he was quick around the corner, powerful and smart. His low center of gravity, along with a sharp, quick burst on his first step, often set back opposing defensive tackles on his heels. Few NU offensive linemen were better in NU’s history, and none were tougher.

Check Out the Entire List!

Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21

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bfuglei

I met AAron Taylor in an elevator in Miami before an Orange Bowl game and no way in Hell he is 6'. Maybe 5'10". But the 300# - yeah, he was as wide as he was tall. And yes, he was very friendly and well spoken for a 21 yr old kid.

– May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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