Life is strange. Case in point, the emergence of fame for Kentucky Defensive End Taylor Wyndham. Before Saturday, Wyndham was probably known to only diehard UK fans as the guy with a lot of hair who came from a small town in South Carolina to play for the Cats. Now his name has been on ESPN, the New York Times and even CNN as the guy who knocked out Tim Tebow. After the game, Wyndham said, “I dont want to be that guy”, adding that he hoped his career would be known for bigger plays in the coming years. While his career will surely have other moments, the Redshirt Freshmen was the talk of the UK and college football land this weekend, so just who is he?
UK Athletics had this summary of him when he signed with UK:
Tall linebacker who has tremendous speed and range, and also plays with great leverage … First-team all-state for Class AAA by the High School Sports Report and SCVarsity.com … Second-team all-state selection, covering all classifications, by the Columbia State newspaper … Played outside linebacker as a senior, making 86 tackles along with five quarterback sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, one interception, three fumbles caused, and three fumbles recoveries for Swansea HS … Also scored three touchdowns on offense … Was an inside linebacker as a junior, making 130 tackles with three caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three quarterback sacks, and one interception … Named all-region as a junior and senior … Totaled more than 300 tackles at Swansea … Also played defensive end early in his high school career … Could possibly return to defensive end in the collegiate ranks as he continues to mature physically … Played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game after his senior season … Ranked as the nation’s No. 47 strongside linebacker by Scout.com … Coached by Van Lewis … Also played soccer and basketball.
Also you may not know that “Taylor Wyndham” was the name of a character in Legally Blonde (thank you Mosley for that little tidbit). I am not sure how that adds to your day, but it added to mine. So lets give it up for Taylor Wyndham, the one man wrecking crew of the UK Defensive line and now that Tebow is ok, we can officially say Wyndham is one bad mamma jamma. (I know people dont say “mamma jamma” any more, but I think they should and I am trying to bring it back slowly).