High School Sports

Beaufort's Taylor named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor was named Defensive Lineman of the Week by the Southeastern Conference on Monday.

Taylor, a Beaufort High School graduate, had the biggest statistical game of his collegiate career in Saturday's 38-24 win over Tennessee. The 6-foot-8, 244-pound sophomore had two fumble recoveries that led to USC touchdowns. He also intercepted a Tyler Bray pass with a one-handed grab and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.

"I could sense it pretty much," Taylor told the (Charleston) Post & Courier after the game. "You even had the crowd and everything going with it, so it was good."

Taylor has a team-high 6 1/2 sacks this season and 10 of his 29 tackles are for loss.

It's the second time Taylor has earned the award. He also won it last year after his season-opening game against N.C. State. In that game, he blocked a punt, forced a fumble and recorded three sacks.

USC (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will host the Arkansas (6-2, 3-2) Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines, according to a USC news release Monday.