No. 30 Arizona Cardinals
|Date of birth:June 9, 1991|
|Place of birth: Arlington, Texas|
|High school: Mansfield (TX)|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 140|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Arizona Cardinals|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Stepfan Lee Taylor (born June 9, 1991) is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Stanford University, and became Stanford's all-time career leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Taylor rushed for a Mansfield High School (Texas) school career record of 4,792 yards and 67 rushing touchdowns during his 3 year varsity career while also lettering in basketball. He graduated from Mansfield High School as part of the class of 2009.
During his freshman season, Taylor backed up Heisman contender Toby Gerhart. Taylor rushed for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Taylor won the starting running back position. He became the sixth player in Stanford history to rush for over 1,000 yards. He rushed for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns, while catching 28 passes for 226 yards and 1 touchdown. Taylor had 7 100-yard games, including 5 consecutive 100-yard games. He tied a school record with 4 rushing touchdowns against Arizona. Taylor ran for 114 yards in Stanford's Orange Bowl victory.
In 2011, Taylor recorded his second consecutive 1,000 yard season. He rushed for 1,330 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 25 passes for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. Taylor's 1,330 yards were the second highest rushing total in Stanford history. Taylor's biggest game of the year came when he ran for 177 yards and 2 TDs in the Fiesta Bowl.
Taylor led Stanford to the Pac-12 championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl by rushing for 1,530 yards and 13 TDs. Taylor become Stanford's all-time career leader in rushing with 4,300 yards, breaking Darrin Nelson's 31 year old school record of 4,169 yards. Taylor also set a school record with 45 career touchdowns. He ran for 100 or more yards in 8 of the 12 regular season games. Taylor was second on the team in receptions with 41 catches for 287 yards, with 2 touchdown catches.
In Week 3 of the season, Taylor was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in # 20 Stanford's upset of the # 2 USC Trojans in which he rushed 27 times for 153 yards and a TD and caught five passes for 60 yards and a score. He ran for a career-high 189 yards against Cal to lead Stanford to a 21-3 victory in the 115th Big Game. On November 17, Taylor ran for 161 yards in Stanford's upset victory over # 1 Oregon in Eugene. The following week, Taylor won the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award again for his performance against UCLA, when he ran for 142 yards and 2 TDs while playing only two and a half quarters. He broke Nelson's career rushing record and tied Gerhart's career TD record in the Pac-12 championship game against UCLA. Taylor was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the Rose Bowl after rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Awards and honors
- 2013 Rose Bowl Offensive Player of the Game
- 2012 Second-team All-America (Athlon), Third-team All-America (CBSsports.com, Lindy's)
- 2012 Doak Walker Award semi-finalist
- 2012 Second-team All-Pac-12
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, two times (Sept. 17, 2012; Nov. 26, 2012)
- 2012 Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week (week ending September 16, 2012)
- 2012 Stanford Cardinal MVP (Irving S. Zeimer Award)
- 2011 Second-team All-Pac-12
- 2010 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10
Stanford career records
- Most career rushing yards (4,300)
- Most career touchdowns (45)
- Most career 100 yard rushing games (21)
- Most 1,000 yard rushing seasons (3) (tied)
Stanford single game records
- Most rushing touchdowns in a game (4) (tied)
Taylor is also known by his nickname or alter ego, "Kulabafi."