Cooper Taylor no longer on team

Cooper Taylor has quit Georgia Tech’s football team.

Taylor was once one of the team’s top safeties, starting the season opener against South Carolina State. But in recent weeks his role has been reduced to the point that he barely played in the win against Virginia.

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

A graduate of the Marist School in Atlanta, Taylor was mostly recruited by Georgia Tech and Virginia. Taylor’s father, Jim Bob, quarterbacked Tech in the early 1980s. Phone calls to their house weren’t returned. Cooper didn’t return an email message.

Johnson was asked on Sunday why Taylor was no longer playing as much and he said that other players were performing better. He had five tackles this season.

After a promising freshman year, which included him making a game-saving play in the win against Florida State when he caused a fumble near the end zone, Taylor was one of the starting safeties in the 2009 season.

But in the third game against Miami he began experiencing an increased heart rate. He didn’t return to the game. He was later diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a condition in which the electrical charges between the heart’s chambers can become out of sync.

A corrective procedure was performed and he was given a clean bill of health. He sat out the remainder of the season. He asked for and received a medical redshirt, giving him three more years of eligibility.

One of the fastest players on the team, coaches said that Taylor impressed them during offseason workouts. He was able to practice in the spring and quickly worked his way back up the depth chart. He played most of the first half of this season’s opener against S.C. State. However, he remained in the locker room at halftime and didn’t come back out. Johnson later said Taylor was suffering from heat-related symptoms. He didn’t travel with the team to next week’s game at Kansas and didn’t play in the third game at North Carolina. Taylor later said the heat-related illness wasn’t caused by his heart condition.

His decision doesn’t greatly affect Tech’s depth at safety. Mario Edwards, Jerrard Tarrant and Isaiah Johnson have played most of the snaps. Rashaad Reid can also play the position. Jemea Thomas, another safety, is redshirting this season.

Taylor is the second underclassman to quit the team this season, joining backup quarterback Jordan Luallen, who transferred to Cincinnati. Backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw transferred before the spring season.

Two offensive linemen, Joseph Gilbert and Clyde Yandell, transferred to Georgia State because they were accepted into its graduate business school.

Taylor’s stats

Year……………G-GS………….TKL………….FC…………….Int.

2008………….13-3……………..69…………….2………………..1

2009……………3-3……………..16……………0…………………1

2010……………4-1……………….5…………….0…………………0

137 comments Add your comment

Mr. Magoo

October 14th, 2010
7:08 pm

I will always remember the fumble Cooper caused that saved the FSU game! What a great play. Best of luck in the future for a good kid!!

2BT

October 14th, 2010
7:09 pm

WTF!?!?!?!? I hate it. Particularly because he never quite got REVENGE for that bogus head-to-head call in Blacksburg two seasons ago that the Hokies took advantage of to prevent GT from winning the coastal division that season. Best wishes to Cooper in all his future endeavors. Hate it.

Vegas Jackette

October 14th, 2010
7:09 pm

wow what happened?

Savannah Fan

October 14th, 2010
7:10 pm

First- to say-it is very unfortunate for this young man-

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 14th, 2010
7:11 pm

Hope he does well. Thanks Cooper.

JacketFan

October 14th, 2010
7:19 pm

This smells bad…I hope there’s no bad blood between him and CPJ. I really hope not, but it sounds like it could be.

Ezekiel

October 14th, 2010
7:20 pm

Didn’t see that one coming. Hope wherever he goes to play that he is successful and happy. Like someone else said will always remember the FSU game 2 years ago. Talk more Tech football at: http://BBuzzOff.com

Bentwater Dawg

October 14th, 2010
7:21 pm

That stinks hope all is well for the rest of his life after football

gold stinger

October 14th, 2010
7:25 pm

Best of luck young man.

Worm

October 14th, 2010
7:30 pm

I said here about 2 weeks ago that I feared Cooper’s career was over and was mocked..Sorry to be right in this instance, but good luck young man!

yellow bird

October 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

Enter your comments here i don`t blame him for quiting ga tech. i would not allow my son to even consider playing for johnson. he has a nasty attitude toward his players. if you look at him the wrong way, he will hollow at you and demote you to the scrub team

82Dawg

October 14th, 2010
7:37 pm

Good luck to him……..

GT GRAD

October 14th, 2010
7:37 pm

I am a big fan of Cooper Taylor and I expected he would be back in the starting line-up realy soon.

I sincerely hope the best for this young man. He is a very gifted athelete and I expected some stellar football from him for the next 2-3 years. I hope he remains at GT and receives his degree!

I wonder if there is any chance he will return to the team next season?

Tech fan plus

October 14th, 2010
7:38 pm

One could not help but think something was not right this year as his playing time continued to decrease. I will always consider him a Tech man(hope that is ok with him) and will always remember the play against FSU. I was standing, hoping for a fumble as that play began. Cooper made it happen. The very best is wished for an outstanding young man.

Dacula Jacket

October 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

Soory to hear it, but best of luck, Coop! We never forget that play against FSU.

Jacket Backer

October 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

Too bad. Unfortunately, he has not been the same since the heart condition last year. I believe his career is probably over. There is no need to risk a potentially fatal condition to play a few more games. Wish him the very best.

hahaha

October 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

Wow the great white hope left?!? Tough

Jacket Backer

October 14th, 2010
7:53 pm

haha…got some bad karma coming your way…..wouldn’t want to be you….

GT-UT

October 14th, 2010
7:56 pm

Not good from my outside looking in. I like the “testy” side of CPJ, but I do NOT want good players leaving because of it. As a coach, you need to be loved and feared. Not saying that’s the case here, but as bad as the D is, can’t imagine there is not a spot for a kid with his size and speed. Hope to see Coop on the field again. All the very best to you. And many thanks!!

CTaylor has potential

October 14th, 2010
7:57 pm

untapped potential I might add….this guy was ill positioned…should have been playing closer to the line/every down action so he could hit…what a waste.

Come on Johnson, manup and tell us what happened….I ain’t buying that he was just outplayed by a freshmen. Something stinks!

Jackets2010

October 14th, 2010
8:01 pm

Well one thing we know.
Our mediocre to crummy D hasn’t been his fault the last two years.
He certainly saved us against FSU after 12 years of frustration and will be remembered forever by grateful Tech fans.
It was a similar game-saving play like Don Toner’s saving pick to seal 7-6 win over Namath, Bear and Bama in 1962.
Seems like you’d want to keep someone like that around.

pw12

October 14th, 2010
8:14 pm

He quit because cpj is a stubborn coach..He should ask him to come out and play wr.. He loves to hit and his hands has to be better than most of the other wr.. I am sure its not hard to learn what a wr needs to do in that offense.. Before yall blast me about cpj.. I am a huge tech fan.. Been a fan since 1985.. Cpj is more subborn than my wife.. I like the offense but he needs to coach his qbs to throw to the open guy.. Check his reads.. A 5yd catch can gets just as many yards as any thing else.. He could also run the exact same offense out of the pistol and the shot gun.. Give other teams different looks.. The a-backs can still motion the same and give allen more time to make reads.. Also help nesbitt read the tackles too.. Damn groh needs to send 4 or more all the time.. Cause that cost us in the nc st. gm.. When we send blitzes all season we have had success.. Take pitt steelers thats what we need to do on defense.. Tell me I am wrong and you have not played football in your life.. I hope cpj reads this and emails me.. I would love to pick his brain.. Good coach and could be better if he would tweak the offense a little.

joe schmoe

October 14th, 2010
8:20 pm

Take down my post huh? Just for tellin uga fans to go to hell!

Doug Roberson

October 14th, 2010
8:23 pm

No, I took it down because of the language

joe schmoe

October 14th, 2010
8:25 pm

Welll still! To hell with GA fans… and their man loving selvesEnter your comments here

Jackets2010

October 14th, 2010
8:28 pm

Great mid season review Doug.
You did Joe a favor keeping him out of the gutter.

joe schmoe

October 14th, 2010
8:28 pm

Thanks for the update anyways.

Tellitlikeitis

October 14th, 2010
8:29 pm

Wow, Jaybo, Laullen and now Cooper. The team is almost segreated like the basketball team. I don’t believe Coopers leaving had anything to do with his previous heart problem. The radiofrequency ablation successfully ended the irregular heartbeat and contact is not a problem. It could have a mental effect that he could not deal with, like recovering from ACL surgery.

Jackets2010

October 14th, 2010
8:29 pm

Lighten up Joe

Dog Kicker

October 14th, 2010
8:29 pm

I really hate that this happened but I don’t think this has anything to do with CPJ. I think this has more to do with the new “D” and Al G.
I hope he lands somewhere he can be successful.

calvin

October 14th, 2010
8:30 pm

Sad and disappointing. It was during his father’s play
as quarterback when Tech beat Tennessee in 1982 that I
became a rabid Tech fan, from then on to the present.
It was great seeing his son be the hero of the Florida
State game in 2008, and I was looking forward to him
getting back up to speed after his health problems.
Good luck to the Taylor family.

joe schmoe

October 14th, 2010
8:31 pm

Sorry guys… a few happy hours later mixed with azz hats uga game = rudness

crabapplejoe

October 14th, 2010
8:32 pm

What a waste of talent….he will go somewhere an contribute.

bigjim

October 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

To bad, hope he lands somewhere with a less Jackass’ish acting coach that can mix things up a bit more than running Left…or…right!
He CPJ, how about a screen…or a wheel route, or slant, or shotgun, quick 5-7yd out route??…your offense can be figured out by ANY pee wee league DC!! (Willie M ring a bell???)

joe schmoe

October 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

Big Willie

October 14th, 2010
8:40 pm

Yes I did figure it out…4 man line, 4 linebackes in the gaps, crashing EVERY play…man to man on the WR’s (that couldn’t catch a cold) and a free saftey, willing to give up a lottery winning long pass every 3rd game or so. He runs NOTHING to keep a defense honest, NOTHING!

More Than Right

October 14th, 2010
8:41 pm

CTaylor has potential, you are more RIGHT than you know, something STINKS. Might not be the last surprise this season!

Doug Roberson

October 14th, 2010
8:41 pm

Big Willie, can you explain why coaches who are making millions of dollars are giving up between 200-500 yard rushing this season to Tech?

Ga Tech Old Timer

October 14th, 2010
8:47 pm

Coop – Good Luck and God Bless! Thanks for the great effort you gave on every play. The Coach’s job is to field the best 11 on both sides of the ball – in his opinion – not ours – not yours. Whatever made the wheels come off – I hope you leave the school with as much pride in having gone to Tech as we the fans had in enjoying seeing you play. You’ve earned our respect and I hope the team and coaching staff have earned yours. I’m truely sorry things didn’t work out as everyone had hoped. Your grit and determination to excellence will carry you far and be an example to others.

1Jacket7

October 14th, 2010
8:50 pm

It is obvious that Cooper is transferring because he has 3 years left and he is being out played by younger guys. The young man wants to play is that so bad. Why do people like “Yellow Bird” try to turn this in to something else. CPJ loves his players and they all past and present say so. Coop, once a Tech man always a Tech man. Thanks for all you have done. I wish you could have stayed and gotten a TECH Degree. That is the best reward for your services. But, I am sure it all will work out. Be Blessed.

Alabama Jack

October 14th, 2010
8:54 pm

Good luck Cooper and thanks for you previous contributions. To Hell with Georgia and all the wannabees who think they can stir up trouble.

Beesareskeese

October 14th, 2010
8:59 pm

Taylor got fed up with swallowing turkey neck

v8 cat

October 14th, 2010
9:00 pm

I knew something was wrong, but good luck Cooper and thanksfor your contribution to GT.

NYJacket

October 14th, 2010
9:06 pm

Best of luck to you Cooper. It was great having you as a part of GT and its team.

Big Willie

October 14th, 2010
9:06 pm

I might have put more thought into your question but you said “200-500″ yds per game. 200?? Really?? Even starting at 300 would have been silly. The fact remains, GT gets to 3rd & 8 and they got nothing. True, the offense generates some yards (averaging game totals helps)BUT, it is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to think that luck or 1 missed assignment helps in springing the rare big play. Pass or run.

Gardner Webb, Kansas, NC State, UGA (last yr) etc. Any of those ring a bell about what happens when DC’s “figure it out”?

All I am asking for is something, anything, to keep LB’s from crashing the gaps EVERY PLAY!!

AA

October 14th, 2010
9:12 pm

Chuck Allison

October 14th, 2010
9:16 pm

Why is there no racial diversity among the players leaving GT? Jordan Luellen, Cooper Taylor, Clyde Yandell, Josh Gilbert, Jabo Conners, and the list goes on. The exception is Antonio Foster, but I understand he wants to come back if he can resolve some personal problems. I honestly have no idea why things are like this. No use in trying to keep it quiet; everyone has already noticed.

Doug Roberson

October 14th, 2010
9:19 pm

Gilbert and Yandell left for grad school.
Jordan Luallen and Jaybo Shaw left for playing time.

GTFan

October 14th, 2010
9:19 pm

Jaybo sucked!!!! He was a waste….so glad when he left. I couldn’t stand Taylor. He got beat out….much better players.

dagnabit

October 14th, 2010
9:27 pm

Cooper Taylor gave us the win over FSU. i will remember that.