GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida running back commit Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) continues his assault on the rushing record books. Taylor surpassed NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith as the state's all-time leading rusher as a junior, and after a 218-yard and five-touchdown performance in a 49-34 victory over Clewiston (Fla.) Friday night, Taylor has his sights set on the national four-year record of 11,232 set by Ken Hall of Sugarland (Texas) from 1950-1953.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound back, who has started on varsity since his eighth-grade year, has totaled an astounding 10,256 rushing yards and 161 touchdowns in his career. He has already totaled 726 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in only three games in his senior season.
The ESPN 150 athlete committed to the Gators on Feb. 18, and the Under Armour All-American continues to be the No. 1-ranked running back in the country.
Breaking the national record will be tough, and Taylor will certainly need help from his teammates to achieve this remarkable goal. If Glades Day makes it to the FHSAA class 2A state championship game, Taylor would have just 12 games remaining to break the national record. At that rate, Taylor -- who has totaled 8,840 rushing yards since the start of his ninth-grade season, when the numbers begin to count toward the national mark -- would need 2,392 yards to break the record. He would need to average 199.4 yards per game to set the record if Glades Day reaches the title game, 217.5 if it reaches the semifinals or 239.2 if it reaches the quarterfinals. All are within Taylor's early average of 242 yards per game early this season.
Gators fans know full well what became of Smith, but what about Hall? From the ESPN archives: "Hall went to Texas A&M, didn't get along with Bear Bryant, and quit for good when he was a junior," and ended up in the CFL.
Note: An earlier version of this post contained incorrect statistics.