Cooper Taylor on Wednesday finally received the joyous news he had been waiting since last fall to hear.
As mentioned in a statement released by Georgia Tech, Taylor learned that the ACC was set to grant the Yellow Jackets safety a medical hardship for the unique and extenuating circumstances that led to his missing most of last season.
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After undergoing discomfort during Georgia Tech’s Week 3, Thursday night game at Miami last year, Taylor was diagnosed the next day with the rare but correctable Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. It is a condition in which the heart beats rapidly because of abnormal and extra electrical pathways between the heart’s upper and lower chambers.
“I am very happy and thankful to get back a year of eligibility,” Taylor said in a statement from Georgia Tech. “I appreciate all the work done by our medical staff to get me back healthy again and by our compliance staff for their work during the appeal process.”
Before missing the final games of the 2009 season, Taylor — who will be listed as a redshirt sophomore this fall — starred in the Yellow Jackets defense as a true freshman in 2008. He likely is most remembered for laying the crucial goal line tackle that year against Florida State that forced a fumble that led the Yellow Jackets to holding on for a clutch midseason conference win.
Through three games in 2009 he had eight tackles and an interception.
Taylor competed in spring practices this spring, and said at the time that he expected to be at full health and full capacity once preseason camp opens.