According to reports by Sports Radio KJR and The Seattle Times — and then confirmed on his own Twitter account (above) — Huskies receiver Kendyl Taylor will leave Washington and transfer to another school.
Taylor appeared in each of Washington’s 14 games in 2014, catching 18 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
In a conversation after one of UW’s bowl practices, Taylor lamented a season that didn’t go the way he hoped it would. He said he was limited by a broken finger in the Huskies’ first few games.
“I expected a lot more,” he said in mid-December. “But sometimes your situation just doesn’t work out the way you want it to. I had an injury and kept playing through that and everything. I’m just trying to prove myself whenever I get the ball, and make a play.”
Taylor came to UW as a three-star athlete prospect out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, near Phoenix. He played some as a true freshman in 2012, rushing 35 times for 209 yards and catching 14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. But former coach Steve Sarkisian decided to redshirt Taylor in 2013.
Of that decision, Taylor said: “Everyone’s either the guy or the star player on their (high school) team, so to come here and play my freshman year and sit my sophomore year really didn’t make much sense. But I just dealt with it.”
Taylor, who in May posted one of the fastest 40-yard dash times on the team at 4.47 seconds at the Husky Combine, moved to receiver full-time under the first-year coaching staff in 2014. He will be a fourth-year junior in 2015.
Taylor is the second known player to leave UW since the season ended; UW announced on Monday redshirt freshman quarterback Troy Williams had left the team.
@DREDUB25 thanks hurts to leave to but it's gotta be done— Kendyl Taylor (@Kendyl13Taylor) January 7, 2015
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