This is great. We wish all the best to Phil as he continues to fight.
Four-year walk-on Phil Taylor played in five games, and dressed for over two dozen, but only had the chance to catch one reception during his time as a Horned Frog. Watch the play, then listen to Taylor and Alamo Bowl hero Bram Kohlhausen breakdown what happened on Senior Day 2014. Just over two years later, Taylor was diagnosed with colon cancer, which he continues to battle.
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Taylor’s doctors told him that a person with this condition has an average life expectancy of 16 months. Even though stage 4 cancer is unlikely to go away, it could go into remission and leave him without symptoms and needing minimal treatment going forward.
Fortunately, because of his age and otherwise good physical standing, it’s unlikely that the tumors will spread rapidly. At the same time, Taylor will need to continue treatment and could very well undergo this procedure again a year from now.
As usual, Taylor refuses to let the operation, the disease or anything related to it stifle his optimism. In fact, through the experience he’s added a new profession to his list of career goals: getting an associate degree to become an infusion nurse.
“I want to be able to give back, because I have so many people helping me out with this,” he said. “Let’s see if I can go and use what I’ve learned to help other people. And I can relate to them.
Is this the year that Wilson develops into the star that he is capable of being?
Montrel Wilson, linebacker
TCU fans might feel like Wilson’s been around for a while. And he has — this will technically be his fourth year with the Frogs. But it’s been so long that he’s played a full season that he’s ready for another breakout year.
Wilson has been limited by injuries in his last two seasons, but when he’s healthy, he’s TCU’s best option remaining at linebacker. As a freshman, he racked up 60 total tackles and had two sacks. He only played one game in 2016 before taking a medical redshirt, and played seven in 2017 before suffering another injury. But as a junior, he’s ready to fill one of the holes left by Howard and Douglas. Ty Summers will most likely take the other spot, and Arico Evans could push for a starting role, but expect the junior Wilson to become the Frogs’ next stalwart in the middle of the defense.
Don’t sleep on Manning. The redshirt freshman has the size, speed, and body control to star opposite Reagor this fall.
Rising sophomore Jalen Reagor led TCU in receiving as a freshman, and yet, he seems poised for even greater things. With a growing list of capable receivers, his yardage total might get cannibalized some moving forward. Doesn’t matter. Don’t care. 2017 isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this Waxahachie product.
Then there’s Omar Manning, who redshirted last season while injured. Coming from Reagor’s class and high school district, the thought of these former rivals playing together is almost too much to handle.
Still mad this isn’t a home and home. Benefit for OSU is clear, TCU’s is al$o under$tandable.
For the Buckeyes, playing TCU in Texas has two benefits. First and foremost, it gives Ohio State a game against a quality opponent where a win could establish the Buckeyes early as a College Football Playoff contender. The Buckeyes’ win against Oklahoma in 2016 vaulted Ohio State into playoff contention and kept the Buckeyes there even when they didn’t win their own division. The Horned Frogs are coming off their third 11-win season in the last four years and were listed 16th in ESPN’s “way-too-early” Top 25 rankings for 2018.
Additionally, playing in the Dallas metro area offers Ohio State a chance to keep its recruiting foothold in Texas. The Buckeyes signed three of the top 6 Texas recruits in the Class of 2017 according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and the Class of 2019 also could be an excellent haul.