Troy Taylor (American football)

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Troy Taylor
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks Coach
Team Utah
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1968-04-05) April 5, 1968 (age 48)
Downey, California
Alma mater California
Playing career
1986-1989 California
1990-1991 New York Jets
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994 Sacramento (CA) Casa Roble HS (OC)
1995 Colorado (WR)
1996 California (WR)
1997–1998 California (QB)
1999–2000 California (TE)
2001–2002 Sacramento (CA) Christian Brothers HS (Asst.)
2003–2004 Folsom (CA) HS
2012–2015 Folsom (CA) HS (Co-HC)
2016 Eastern Washington (QB)
2017-present Utah (OC/QB)

Troy Scott Taylor (born April 5, 1968 in Downey, California) is a former professional football quarterback who played for the New York Jets from 1990 to 1991. He is currently the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for Utah of the Pac-12 Conference. Previously, he had served as co-head football coach at Folsom High School in Folsom, California from 2012-2015.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Taylor attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California.[2] He led his team to a perfect 14-0 record and section championship also being named northern California player of the year.[2] Taylor played college football at California as starting quarterback from 1986–89 and was the team MVP 1987-89.[2] He led the Pac-10 conference in total offense in 1989 (253 yds. per game).[2] He finished his collegiate career as Cal's all-time leading passer (8,126 yds.) and total total offense leader (8,236 yds.), records that stood until they were broken by Jared Goff in 2015.[3] His 51 career touchdown passes stood as a school record until surpassed by Pat Barnes in 1996.

Taylor was drafted by the Jets in the 4th round (84th overall pick) in the 1990 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. In his career, Taylor saw action in seven games and threw for 2 touchdown passes.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 1994, Taylor served as offensive coordinator at Casa Roble High School in Sacramento, California.[2] He served one year on Rick Neuheisel's staff at the University of Colorado as a graduate assistant in 1995 primarily working with wide receivers.[2] He was hired by Steve Mariucci as Cal's wide receivers coach in 1996 and later served 2 years as a QB coach and 1 year as a tight-ends coach under Tom Holmoe.[2]

From 2000 to 2002, Taylor served as an assistant athletic director and coach for Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento.[4] From 2002 to 2004, Taylor served as head coach of football at Folsom High School.[5] He left that position in 2005 to serve as color analyst for the California Golden Bears' radio broadcast.[6] In 2012, he returned to Folsom High as co-head coach of football, during the 4-year period he was there the bulldogs went 58-3 winning 4 consecutive section championships and a state title.[1]

Taylor coached Washington quarterback Jake Browning since he was in 5th grade up until his senior year in high school where he set the national touchdown record in a career with 229 TD passes while also tying a record of 91 touchdown passes in a single season all while going 16-0 with 16 running clocks and a D1 state championship.[7]

His offense at Folsom broke the state in passing for 4 straight years and set a state record for most points scored in a season, a record that still stands today.[8]

Troy Taylor(bottom right) and Jake Browning (top left) hold the touchdown record sign after section championship.

On February 18, 2016, Taylor was announced as the Passing Game Coordinator, Quarterbacks coach and play caller for Eastern Washington.[9]

At EWU Taylor called plays and took an already stellar offense to new heights as they set 2 all-time FCS records for passing yards (5,160 yards) and total offense (5,766 yards) in a season.[10]

Taylor was instrumental in helping former walk on quarterback Gage Gubrud into a record setting QB who broke the all-time single season FCS passing record and broke the all-time record in total offense. Gubrud also won FCS player of the year from numerous sites along with Big Sky Conference co-MVP (with teammate Cooper Kupp) and also having the only team to have 3 wide receivers over 1,000 yards in the season.[11]

Gubrud also set 16 school records, 7 Big sky records and 2 FCS records all while getting the Big Sky conference championship and going undefeated in conference play. They improved in almost every offensive statistical category in his first year.

A notable win came in the first game of the season against Washington State where they won 45-42 and set a school record for total offense.[12]

Troy Taylor and his EWU QB Gage Gubrud after they won the big sky.


  1. ^ a b Faraudo, Jeff (August 10, 2012). "Football: Mike Pawlawski to join Cal radio team". Bay Area News Group. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1999 Football Biographies", Cal Athletics, June 28, 1999 
  3. ^ Davidson, Joe (September 21, 2015). "Hometown Report: With his passing records broken, Troy Taylor recalls his mixed run at Cal". The Sacramento Bee. 
  4. ^ "Taylor Leaves as Bears' Coach To Be High School Assistant AD". San Francisco Chronicle. June 1, 2000. 
  5. ^ Hull, John (August 16, 2012). "Folsom: Coaching changes to perennial contender". Elk Grove Citizen. 
  6. ^ Kroner, Steve (September 2, 2005). "Taylor has prepped to be analyst". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ "EWU Athletics - 2016-17 Football Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  8. ^ "EWU Athletics - 2016-17 Football Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  9. ^ "EWU Athletics - 2016-17 Football Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Gage Gubrud's record-setting season ends in bittersweet fashion". Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Eastern Washington University Athletics". Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  12. ^ "EWU Athletics - 2016-17 Football Schedule (revised 9/1/16)". Retrieved 2016-12-31.