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November 8, 2002 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Explosive freshman receiver Junior Taylor is about to become more than a novelty act. He took a pitchout on a swinging gate play last week against Washington and ran 38 yards. And he took a reverse 49 yards for a touchdown in the opener against Colorado State. In four carries, he has 103 yards, an average of 25.8. But what Taylor longs for is to run routes and have passes thrown to him. He has only three catches for 45 yards.
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December 2, 2006 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in nearly two months, middle linebacker Christian Taylor made it through a full week of practice. Taylor has been playing on Saturdays after sitting out some midweek workouts to protect a nagging ankle injury. But the extra week off -- UCLA had no game last weekend -- gave him enough rest to fully prepare for this afternoon's game against No. 2 USC at the Rose Bowl.
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August 31, 2006 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
The skinny post is a pass route UCLA receiver Junior Taylor has run thousands of times before. But at the start of training camp, Taylor's favorite pattern seemed strange to him. Every time the senior ran it, something just wasn't right. Even when he caught the ball, the timing always seemed a little off. Taylor never wanted to blame his surgically repaired knee, but he knew it was the source of his problems.
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August 31, 2006 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
The skinny post is a pass route UCLA receiver Junior Taylor has run thousands of times before. But at the start of training camp, Taylor's favorite pattern seemed strange to him. Every time the senior ran it, something just wasn't right. Even when he caught the ball, the timing always seemed a little off. Taylor never wanted to blame his surgically repaired knee, but he knew it was the source of his problems.
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December 2, 2006 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in nearly two months, middle linebacker Christian Taylor made it through a full week of practice. Taylor has been playing on Saturdays after sitting out some midweek workouts to protect a nagging ankle injury. But the extra week off -- UCLA had no game last weekend -- gave him enough rest to fully prepare for this afternoon's game against No. 2 USC at the Rose Bowl.
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December 19, 2004 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Junior Taylor remembers the play well: a basic reverse, on which he took the ball running to his right, then cut sharply to his left as the defense was shifting. He split two defenders and dashed 49 yards to the end zone. The touchdown gave UCLA a 7-0 lead and the Bruins defeated Colorado State, 30-19. It was the 2002 season opener and Taylor's first carry. But the play remains fresh in his mind for another reason: It was a moment he thought might never come.
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August 31, 1988 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
It had been six months since Sam Ray Taylor of San Diego had been in the ring, six months since the night he fractured his left hand in a fight against Thomas Perez. Would the hand ever be as good as new? Maybe better. Tuesday night, Taylor made a triumphant return to action in the scheduled 10-round main event at the Reseda Country Club with a convincing TKO victory over Pedro Aguirre of Bell. And it was the left hand that decided the junior welterweight match.
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October 14, 2006 | Lonnie White
1Ducks at the corners. Oregon is expected to start two redshirt freshmen cornerbacks, Walter Thurmond and Jairus Byrd. They will be tested by a steady group of UCLA wide receivers, led by seniors Junior Taylor, Andrew Baumgartner and Matt Willis, and juniors Brandon Breazell and Marcus Everett. 2Power running. UCLA and Oregon both like to run the ball and whichever offense has the most success will have an edge in the game.
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October 5, 2002 | Steve Henson
For fullback J.D. Groves, it's a first trip home. For tackle Bryce Bohlander, it's just another trip home. The two Bruins are from McNary High in Keizer, Ore., a small town near Salem and not too far from Oregon State. Groves, a freshman, is excited about playing in front of relatives and friends, many of whom bought Oregon State season tickets with the UCLA game in mind. "They wanted to secure a spot in the stadium," he said.
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November 20, 2004
Attention USC defense: First down: UCLA will run to the right. Second down: same. Third down: Pass. Fourth: Punt. Passing: No tight ends used. No crossing patterns (Oops! Junior Taylor scored on one against Oregon. Maybe they'll use a slant pattern again next year?) Why use Marcedes Lewis and Tab Perry mismatches against shorter linebackers and safeties 10-15 yards downfield when you can run right all day long and get nowhere? My 56-year-old wife noticed these patterns.
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December 19, 2004 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Junior Taylor remembers the play well: a basic reverse, on which he took the ball running to his right, then cut sharply to his left as the defense was shifting. He split two defenders and dashed 49 yards to the end zone. The touchdown gave UCLA a 7-0 lead and the Bruins defeated Colorado State, 30-19. It was the 2002 season opener and Taylor's first carry. But the play remains fresh in his mind for another reason: It was a moment he thought might never come.
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November 8, 2002 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Explosive freshman receiver Junior Taylor is about to become more than a novelty act. He took a pitchout on a swinging gate play last week against Washington and ran 38 yards. And he took a reverse 49 yards for a touchdown in the opener against Colorado State. In four carries, he has 103 yards, an average of 25.8. But what Taylor longs for is to run routes and have passes thrown to him. He has only three catches for 45 yards.
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August 31, 1988 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
It had been six months since Sam Ray Taylor of San Diego had been in the ring, six months since the night he fractured his left hand in a fight against Thomas Perez. Would the hand ever be as good as new? Maybe better. Tuesday night, Taylor made a triumphant return to action in the scheduled 10-round main event at the Reseda Country Club with a convincing TKO victory over Pedro Aguirre of Bell. And it was the left hand that decided the junior welterweight match.
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August 1, 2003 | Robyn Norwood
UCLA receiver Tab Perry will sit out the season because he is academically ineligible, leaving sophomore Junior Taylor to start along with Craig Bragg. "Before Tab's situation, I was still expecting myself to play a very big role," said Taylor, who made a splash as a freshman by scoring a touchdown off a 49-yard reverse in his first game. He then played mostly as a reserve before starting the final two games, finishing the season with 14 receptions.
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May 2, 2004 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Fans were disappointed if they expected to see a wide-open offensive display at UCLA's final spring football workout on Saturday. But the effort was what pleased Coach Karl Dorrell, who has spent the spring getting his players to forget about last season's dismal finish.
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