First-year head coach and general manager Corey Roberson's reconstruction of the Green Bay Blizzard's defensive unit continued on Friday, as the team announced the signing of former NCAA Division I tackling machine Dayshawn Taylor.
Taylor, who starred at linebacker for South Carolina State University, racked up 250 tackles, including 34 for loss, in 35 starts over four years at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school. Included in the TFL stats were 10 sacks. His last two years, 2016 and 2017, Taylor had 83 and 76 tackles respectively, with a total of 22 for loss.
Roberson said the 5-11, 240-pound Taylor has a keen nose for the football, along with the physical and mental toughness that fit the direction the Blizzard are moving in.
"His statistical production at the D-I level of college football speaks for itself," said Roberson, who has now signed 17 players for 2019 - including 12 on the defensive side of the ball. "But I also like his intangibles. He was consistent and steady all four years, and was extremely durable, despite playing a very physically and mentally demanding position."
Taylor, a native of Georgia, was named first-team All-MEAC his junior year and second-team All-MEAC his senior year, after playing next to All-American and current Indianapolis Colts rookie standout linebacker Darius Leonard.
"One of the other things I like so much about Dayshawn is how well he played alongside what is now an obvious NFL talent," Roberson said. "Dayshawn did a lot of the dirty work so that the team's NFL-caliber player could make big plays. But at the same time, Dayshawn made 52 solo tackles his senior year, which is very impressive."
Taylor's coach at South Carolina State, Buddy Pough, told The Times and Democrat newspaper prior to the 2017 season that Taylor would be the best linebacker in the conference if it wasn't for Leonard.
Among Taylor's many double-digit tackles games over his collegiate career was a 10-tackle performance during his junior year against eventual Power 5 national champion Clemson.