Tyrod Taylor's assault on the Virginia Tech record book
As I wrote Saturday following Virginia Tech's 45-21 victory over Central Michigan, quarterback Tyrod Taylor now has more wins than any other quarterback in school history. His career record of 27-7 moves him ahead of Bryan Randall's 26-12 mark.
But as it turns out, that's not the only record he could break this season. I did some digging in the Virginia Tech media guide recently and it's just amazing how much Taylor could accomplish between now and whatever bowl game the Hokies end up making.
In terms of total offense, Taylor began the year 4th all-time in school history with 5,811 yards. But add on his 1,479 yards from scrimmage through six games this year and he's now 2nd all-time with 7,290 yards of total offense. He trails only Randall, who finished his career with 8,034 yards.
If we assume Virginia Tech has at least seven games remaining in the season (and that doesn't include playing in the ACC Championship game, which is a very real possibility), Taylor has to average just 107 yards of total offense per game to break the record. However, he actually sits in 4th place all time in yards per play. Taylor is averaging 5.82 yards per play during his career, putting him behind Randall (6.47), Don Strock (6.03) and Maurice DeShazo (5.95).
If we simply go by passing yards, Taylor began the year in 7th place with 4,274 yards. Tack on his 1,030 yards passing this season, though, and he's now up to 5th all-time with 5,304 yards. Randall holds the record with 6,508 yards, so for Taylor to overtake him he'd need to average 172 passing yards per game, and again that doesn't include a potential ACC Championship game berth. Strock sits in second place with 6,009 yards and I think it's safe to assume Taylor will definitely pass that mark by the end of the year.
Then there's the rushing yards, the part of Taylor's game that many would say separates him from most quarterbacks. Against Central Michigan, Taylor gained 127 yards on the ground, the sixth time in his career he's topped the 100-yard mark. He's now tied with Bob Schweickert for the most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in school history.
And since Taylor leads the Hokies in rushing this year with 449 yards on the ground, he currently sits 16th all-time in terms of career rushing leaders with 1,986 yards. If we're just talking about quarterbacks, he trails only Phil Rogers -- the first ever African-American signal caller at Virginia Tech -- who rushed for 2,461 yards during his career. If he averages 68 yards per game, Taylor can break that mark, too (again I'm not even including a potential ACC Championship game).
Maybe the best way to quantify just how good Taylor has been over his career is to look at how junior wide receiver Jarrett Boykin has ascended up Virginia Tech's all-time receiving list. After grabbing eight catches for 117 yards Saturday, Boykin now has 91 career receptions and 1,683 yards receiving. That puts him 11th all time in receptions and 7th in receiving yards. And yet, Boykin still has seven games and an entire senior season to continue his climb up those rankings.
So while Saturday was a record-setting day for Taylor, there are sure to be more as he closes out his illustrious career in Blacksburg. Maybe more importantly, all of this is a reminder to appreciate him while he's still here because Taylor could possibly end up as the greatest Virginia Tech quarterback not named Michael Vick.
| October 11, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
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