College Football

Beaufort's Devin Taylor to play in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 18, 2013 

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Devin Taylor laughs during Outback Bowl practice Dec. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.


South Carolina defensive end and former Beaufort High standout Devin Taylor is among three Gamecocks who will play in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game that kicks off at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman and center T.J. Johnson will also play in the game, which will be televised by the NFL Network.

Holloman is on the West team, while Johnson and Taylor will play for the East.

The trio hopes to earn invitations to the NFL Combine in February. The NFL draft is April 25-27.

Taylor tallied 45 tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for loss and three sacks for the 11-2 Gamecocks this past season.

In 2011, he had 42 tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for loss, six sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2010, he had 46 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 7 1/2 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown.

Last season he was almost equally as productive, tallying 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and another pick-six.

Taylor, who graduated from Beaufort High in 2008, helped lead the Eagles to the Class 4-A state championship game as a senior when he tallied 110 tackles, 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

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