Tech safety Taylor leaves team

charvey@macon.comOctober 14, 2010 

ATLANTA — A Georgia Tech spokesman Thursday evening confirmed that Yellow Jackets safety Cooper Taylor left the football team earlier this week for an unspecified reason.

A message from The Telegraph to Taylor on Thursday evening was not immediately returned.

The sophomore, who received a medical redshirt this summer, appeared in four of Georgia Tech’s six games this season, including Saturday’s 33-21 win over Virginia.

“Cooper met with me earlier this week and indicated that he plans to transfer. I wish nothing but the best for him at whatever school he chooses to attend,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said.

The former Marist standout had five tackles in what had become more limited-than-expected usage this season. Entering the 2010 campaign, Taylor battled for starting time at safety alongside senior Mario Edwards, junior Jerrard Tarrant and true freshman Isaiah Johnson. In the last few games, Edwards and Tarrant have gotten most of the starts and snaps at the position.

Taylor missed much of last season after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a unique heart condition that affects rhythm and circulation issues to the organ. Following surgery just after Georgia Tech’s Week 3 loss to Miami last season, Taylor was sidelined as he recuperated. He returned in the spring, and earned the medical redshirt from the NCAA in late June.

Taylor likely is most remembered for being a key figure in the Yellow Jackets’ goal line stand against Florida State two years ago. With the Seminoles threatening to score in the closing seconds of a regular season game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Taylor put his helmet on a leaping Marcus Sims, popping free the football. With the ball squirting loose in the end zone, fellow then-freshman defensive back Rashaad Reid fell on it to preserve the tight Georgia Tech victory.

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