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Maryland About to Land Former Penn State Tackle?

Former Gwynn Park All-Met lineman Phil Taylor was kicked off the team at Penn State for unspecified reasons. He had been suspended from summer school for his role in an altercation and received one year probation. Taylor, who has two years of eligibility and a redshirt season remaining, could find a new home soon. Word is that Maryland and Tennessee are interested and could be the destination for the big defensive tackle who had 6 ½ tackles and three sacks last season.

By Josh Barr  | July 30, 2008; 12:13 PM ET
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Penn State, where DC talent goes to wither away.

Posted by: eric | July 30, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If the kid got kicked out of State Penn, then he must have done something REALLY wrong.

Posted by: PhD Terp | July 30, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

If I recall, he was with Logan-El that day he announced for UPS on national t.v. and embarrased Friedgen. No thanks.

Posted by: Island1 | July 30, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Taylor has no place in College Park. We have plenty of D Lineman who can play AND stay out of trouble. He should go to Tennessee. He would fit in well with all the troublemakers and arrestees Fat Phil has running around Knoxville.

Posted by: virtueandvice | July 30, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

We should welcome him with open arms. It is a no lose situation. You give him a chance and if he screws up he walks. We need all the goodwill we can get. Go Terps

Posted by: mdterps99 | July 30, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right no thanks I don't want PSU's throwaways. Go to Towson State with your boy and be ready to flip my burger in three years loser.

Posted by: Shizzle | July 30, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

University of Maryland DOES NOT WANT Phil Taylor - let him go to the Vols - Maryland does not want any P.G. County kids - too much of an academic risk - The Terps especially do not want any kids from Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.

Posted by: mike | July 30, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

these people don't speak for Maryland. Why wouldn't we want him? If it is nothing legal and he can transfer to Maryland and be productive on the field and in the classroom what is wrong with that?

Why not give the kid a second chance. If he messes up he is gone, but there is no harm in trying

Posted by: JT | July 31, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

JT - He had multiple "second chances", I don't doubt he would help on the field but he obviously has major issues and can't stay out of trouble.

I understand that young kids will make mistakes but when you have a full ride and chance to get to the NFL and you keep messing up...what does that say about his critical thinking skills. Some kids are just bad apples and until he takes "personal responsibility" and grows up he doesn't deserve to play D1 ball and get a free education. It's not a right to play in front of 80K+...it's an honor.

Posted by: SweepTheLeg | July 31, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mike - you're obviously not a MD fan - which team do you root for?

Posted by: Mike sucks | July 31, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Friedgen has proven in the past he doesn't just take anyone. He and his staff must think the kid is not as bad as what's perceived and therefore are willing to accept him into the program. The Fridge's track record thus far speaks for itself so put your trust in him and give the kid a chance (if he does end up at MD).

Posted by: DB | July 31, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Logan-El and Baker committed to play for the United Parcel Service? I had no idea.

Posted by: PSUGrad | July 31, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Maryland couldn't use that talent. Fridge will take anyone now that he was exposed for only winning with Vanderlinden's recruits.

Posted by: RJ | July 31, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If Penn State doesn't want him, why would anyone else? Believe me, he's got problems if Joe Pa is going to turn him loose.

Let Gary deal with the problems. Keep the football team clean.

Posted by: Maryland Man | July 31, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Vanderlinden is the #1 reason for the turn around at PSU w/ LJ SR a close second. They are by far the best coaches on the staff.

Posted by: SweepTheLeg | July 31, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Maryland wanting PSU's scraps. Too funny.

Posted by: Hilarious! | July 31, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

That's Maryland, taking out Penn State's trash.

Posted by: Viccer 69 | July 31, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Terps, you're going to need all the help you can get.

P.S. - Don't let that big bad football team to the north scare you.

Posted by: Vanderlinden | August 1, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Phil is not a bad kid just wrong place wrong time and he should go to Maryland or any other D1 school because he has the talent and the potential. I know Phil, he was just around bad influences at Penn State

Posted by: jco1507 | August 1, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

UMD dont want any PG county kids? well tell your coach to stay out of PG county.. grab all the talent they got in montgomery and howard county. lol... besides what happen to second chances? they are kids.. d@mn..

Posted by: LMAO | August 1, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, PSU Grad, it was a joke, you know like when have of your players say they're announcing for the "University of Penn State", like Dwayne, oh I mean, Derrick Williams? Guess that one flew over. You and JoePa both.

Posted by: Island 1 | August 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

What do u mean don't get kids from p.g county we have the most players goin to d-1 schools.thank you. N phil is one hell of a player he should b able 2 go where ever he wants..everybody makes mistakes and can be at the wrong place at the wrong time...get off his back..that's why baylor got him now.lol

Posted by: coppin.edu | August 13, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

What do u mean don't get kids from p.g county we have the most players goin to d-1 schools.thank you. N phil is one hell of a player he should b able 2 go where ever he wants..everybody makes mistakes and can be at the wrong place at the wrong time...get off his back..that's why baylor got him now.lol

Posted by: mdpgbabe | August 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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