Taylor’s transfer to Richmond official

Former Georgia Tech safety Cooper Taylor has signed a scholarship to attend Richmond, an FCS school that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.

He will enroll for the spring semester and has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Cooper will be a great addition to the University of Richmond both athletically and academically,” Richmond coach Latrell Scott said in a statement. “He is a tremendous football player and we’re excited to welcome him to the family.”

Taylor, 6-5, 220 pounds, is a graduate of the Marist School who was originally recruited by Tech and Virginia.

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.

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

66 comments Add your comment

juvenal

December 8th, 2010
4:02 pm

juvenal

December 8th, 2010
4:03 pm

hope & pray all goes well…..

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
4:13 pm

Sooooo basically we have no answers to the question “why is Cooper Taylor transfering from Georgia Tech at a time when he’d be poised to be a literally super star in a depleted secondary next season?” Doug? Was the question asked?

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
4:14 pm

“literal” not “literally” Sorry

Doug Roberson

December 8th, 2010
4:17 pm

What makes you sure he’d be a star? If that were possible, he probably would have played more before he quit.

Robert Barron

December 8th, 2010
4:21 pm

I will always think of Taylor as the guy who broke FSU’s 12 game winning streak against us. I wish him the best in his football and academic careers. I get the impression Paul Johnson has no idea how important that game was to some of us, especially to me. Thanks Taylor. hope things go great at Richmond.

Hal

December 8th, 2010
4:21 pm

He will always be rembered at Tech. I wish him health and happiness in the future with a heartfelt thanks.

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
4:23 pm

You’re right. So were the questions “why hasn’t Cooper Taylor played more? Is it a result of his health condition from last year or his health condition during the SCSU game” asked?

Doug Roberson

December 8th, 2010
4:23 pm

We haven’t had access to Taylor. He hasn’t returned Facebook messages, nor messages left at his parent’s home.

redhairpimplefacetechnerd

December 8th, 2010
4:24 pm

He is still in the insect family

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
4:40 pm

The questions in my second post should have been asked months ago. Here we have a kid who had a very productive Freshman season and was slated as a starter entering his Sophomore year. He had health issues, everyone gets that, and that’s WHY he didn’t continue and finish his Sophomore year. But since getting a clean bill of health Cooper Taylor has been an after-thought it seems and now he’s transfering. So we have lots of answers to all of the questions except “why.” “Why” is the hard question. “Who”, “What”, and “Where” are close-ended softball questions attorneys drool over. But “why”, the lone open-ended question, is the question reporters should drool over because it’s the one question that can directly lead to more investigation and communication. Why did Cam Newton’s father try to sell his son’s services? the guy with the stones to ask the man that will have breaking news…and if the man won’t answer then as a reporter he should go find the why himself (just an example).

So, I’d like to know “why” to each of those I’ve post; why wasn’t he playing more and why is he now transfering?

bojangle

December 8th, 2010
4:48 pm

Something stinks here. A 6′5″, 220 DB with 4.4 speed and is supposed to be a worse player than the current Tech DB’s? Give me a break. Cooper’s leaving is a huge loss for GT. He could run circles around the other 5′11″ DB’s. BTW, why was he not tried as a wide out opposite Hill?

Doug Roberson

December 8th, 2010
4:59 pm

the answer is the same. He wasn’t playing enough because the coaches felt he wasn’t good enough. That’s also why he is transferring.

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
5:07 pm

So Cooper Taylor wasn’t good enough to garner more playing time in the sive we called a secondary this season? Man, we’re in bigger trouble than I thought ans that should lead to a TON of questions for you to ask Doug.

Thanks.

hiveredtech

December 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

Tech Forever

The GT secondary is hardly depleted next season and may be better than this season…it is the least of our defensive worries.

At safety, we will start Jerrard Tarrant and Isaiah Johnson…with Jemea Thomas, Rashaad Reid, Fred Holton, and Lance Richardson pushing for PT. There are 4-5 legitimate safety starters in that group.
We will have two great cover CB’s in Rod Sweeting and Louis Young…with Ryan Ayers pushing for PT. Michael Peterson and Carl Miles there for depth.
We also have a great true freshman in Dominique Noble coming in that can play CB or S…hope we can redshirt him. Things also look good for a stud CB from Maryland…Blake Countess.

No holes there at all.

Cosmo

December 8th, 2010
5:24 pm

Agreed that we missed Cooper in the secondary, especially as a run stopper in the second level. I saw some weakness in covering, but those were reads and he could have worked on that. Hated to see him go from the team. Perhaps Groh and he didn’t work well together or he didn’t fit Groh’s scheme, but whatever it was I wish him he best at Richmond.

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

I disagree. We’re losing 3 starters. If all those names listed were so good they would have been starting this year. Our entire defense is a woe. Sweeting stands out immediately as getting beat several times this seasons when he was in.

Old Gold Britches

December 8th, 2010
5:47 pm

I don’t like the way this went down, but I wish him the best both athletically and academically!

zgoldatl

December 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

Not happy about this, but I agree with “hiverdtech” that our secondary will be just fine next year. I wish Cooper Taylor nothing but the best in life and football. Go Jackets, and happy last night of Hannukah to all.

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
6:04 pm

I guess we’ll see. Keep in mind not once did I post that this year we wouldn’t see any drop off at B-back or WR like some other people when in fact we saw a huge drop off in both areas. At Georgia Tech you don’t lose three starters at any given area and not take a big hit. This ain’t Florida or Ohio State. Depth on Tech’s roster is measured in inches not feet. Been that way for 40 years and will be that way for another 40.

Born2Buzz

December 8th, 2010
6:05 pm

Our defensive backfield next year can’t be any worse than it was this year….oh, wait, that’s what we said about this year. Nevermind.

Blue Fox

December 8th, 2010
6:14 pm

Just speculating, but I think after the SCS game episode, the Tech coaches simply decided that playing Cooper was too big a risk to take, despite the doctors’ clearance.

chuck

December 8th, 2010
6:59 pm

Also complete speculation, but it could be that CAG wanted Coop to play OLB instead of safety, and he did not welcome the idea.

wish list

December 8th, 2010
7:26 pm

Cooper, wish you would come back…Bobby Cremins did..maybe Cremins will come back again

Coach

December 8th, 2010
7:35 pm

Best of everything to a guy that made the big play when it counted. Thanks!!!

gt4ever

December 8th, 2010
7:52 pm

I hate to even remark about the obvious…… Our Secondary was terrible, as our defense as a whole was a JOKE! There is something up with the coaches, and this kid…. Taylor had 4.4 speed was a good football player and now all of a sudden he wasn’t good enough to play in this defense….. Good Grief, are there NO journalists here…… How stupid do you really think we are…. ? I mean, how low can this coaching staff go…..? Someone ask the stinkin Coach what happened to Taylor? CPJ is probably too arrogant to answer, but somebody has the skinny……. I wish him the best, he was a good football player…

Dog kicker

December 8th, 2010
7:57 pm

Coach A.G. is the only thing different in the equation, seems to me there must have been a personality conflict. No matter, I wish him the best, Now A.G get some ballplayers that can tackle and play the 3-4!! And by tackling I mean wrapping their arms around the ball carrier!!!!!!

fan of Tech football

December 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

Several questions were unanswered when this came up earlier in the season.
I always wanted CT to get another shot @ VT…did not happen. But, there is still something fishy/stinky about this non playing/transfer. Many of the regular bloggers indicated he did not deserve the playing time that was taken by a freshman.
Guess we’ll never know but hopefully Mr Taylor will show Tech fans some good play but for another team.

Doug Roberson

December 8th, 2010
8:09 pm

I’m not sure why this isn’t clear: we asked johnson after Taylor left the team, the paraphrased answer is he wasn’t happy he wasn’t playing.
why wasn’t he playing? the other guys were playing and practicing better.

gt4ever

December 8th, 2010
8:19 pm

Thanks Doug, I can see that CPJ would be that flippant with the answer to that question… I don’t believe for a minute that this kid was any worse than what we saw on the field. Especially after seeing him play as a freshman…. Oh well, easy come, easy go… We can replace him with all the 5 star recruits Coach is bringing to the table… Oh, major news break, the AJC is reporting that black football players outnumber white football players in D1 football….. What a revelation…. I feel so informed…..

bojangle

December 8th, 2010
8:24 pm

I don’t believe most Tech fans believe that explanation.

Gtkenz

December 8th, 2010
8:48 pm

Attitude folks, plain and simple. Seen it a million times……he wasn’t a team player and had a poor attitude after CPJ and staff began raving about Isaiah Johnson in the spring. Another example of a similar attitude – Steven Threatt.

gt4ever

December 8th, 2010
8:58 pm

You could be right, but still doesn’t sound like this kid……… Steven Threatt left because of the idiotic offense that was installed, and got the double whammy when the Michigan coach installed the spread…. Some people have all the luck..

Tech Forever

December 8th, 2010
8:59 pm

Doug what you posted is not clear because what you posted IS NOT IN YOUR PIECE!!! There is nothing in your piece saying Johnson said the kid was unhappy about not playing more. And if it’s in another piece you should cite this as follow-up piece.

Tech

December 8th, 2010
9:51 pm

Doug knows talent when he sees talent. He is the same person that crowned Stephen Hill the next great receiver. Truth is that Doug is probably still hungover after celebrating his alma mater’s victory. Cooper was a great player and to say he was not good enough is absurd. The kid got a ton of playing time…he got hurt…and according to Doug did not have enough talent to get that playing time again. Either the secondary got significantly better in his absence that resulted in him not being able to find the field again, or his football skills were lost after his WPW surgery. Everybody knows the former isn’t true and having had WPW surgery myself, I know the latter is not true either.
Just because someone transfers, especially to a smaller school, doesn’t mean that that player didn’t have enough talent to play at the original school. Look at Cam Newton. According to Doug, Cam wasn’t good enough to play at Florida. Also, Troy Aikman wasn’t good enough to play at Oklahoma so he had to transfer to UCLA.
I know that being the Ga Tech beat writer isn’t the dream job for a UGA journalism major, but at least try to provide us with a good article every month or two. Regarding Cooper situation, do you think it could be because Cooper didn’t like or got frustrated with Coach Johnson? I’ve noticed in the Johnson era that when players get hurt, they don’t see the field much after that. It seems like they get hurt and fall to the bottom of the depth chart never to get reps at practice which results in them never getting playing time. Think this could be one of the reasons. Doug give the kid some respect and not throw him under the bus. He was talented — watch his tapes when he played.

JJ

December 8th, 2010
10:07 pm

Cooper was struggling in the games he played in this season. Anyone that watched our games could see it. He was out of position a good bit and was doing a lot of turning and chasing of the opposing players as they passed him. His tackles seemed to be shoulder pad grabbing and trying to wrestle players to the ground as opposed to squaring up and hitting them. I don’t know if the Cooper Taylor of this season would have made the stick that he made against FSU.

Could he have hung around and gotten better? Who knows. Was it really a “heat related” syndrome or just frustration at being rusty, outmatched, and just giving up?

I appreciate his play at Tech, but he was obviously rusty and just gave up.

Tokyo jacket

December 8th, 2010
10:13 pm

Doug, thanks for closing the book on Taylor. Good luck to him. He’s a good kid. I wish him the best. And I too will remember him as the kid who sealed the deal in breaking FSU’s streak on us. I really wish things could have worked out differently.

hiveredtech

December 8th, 2010
10:22 pm

gt4ever

“idiotic offense”.

How about this…YOU are the idiot.

08-09 were the best two years in Georgia Tech football since 1955-56 under Bobby Dodd.

You must be a Dawgie….or should be.

hiveredtech

December 8th, 2010
10:25 pm

Tech Forever

jerrard tarrant beat out coop.

facts are stubborn things.

I wish coop all the best…seems like a great kid and we have loads of kids from Marist on the team. however, your “rant” is growing old. It is obvous you are too close to the situation…you must be a family member or good friend of Coop.

gt45

December 9th, 2010
9:02 am

I wish Taylor luck, but if this D has a strength, it is the secondary. I think we’ll see much more improvement in our D next year! There are two big stud lineman waiting for their shot, to push the young ones already on the field.

Learn something!

December 9th, 2010
9:32 am

GT4ever and Tech Forever, I remember fans just like you HOWLING for Bobby Ross’s head the very year before GT won the national championship in 1990! Paul Johnson is probably the best coach we’ve had since Dodd, and he WILL do great things at GT. Try being supportive for a change instead of bitchin’ about things you obviously have NO understanding of.

From a purely logical standpoint, do you think in this day of high pressure, win-instantly as a new coach fan attitude, any coach would intentionally not play the best players they have at any position?

Coach Johnson didn’t win national championships and ACC coach of the year for no reason. Likewise, Coach Groh didn’t win Acc coach of the year and have a Super Bowl ring for nothing. They have FORGOTTEN more about winning football games and championships than both of you COMBINED!

GT football is in GREAT hands! TRY supporting it for a change, quit your stupid complaining and ignorant second-guessing, and watch what happens over the next 2 – 3 years!

Finally, addressing CPJ’s “flippant” remarks…the man is REFRESHINGLY HONEST, which means he doesn’t have time to be “politicallt correct” for all the educational-system-indoctrinated feminized, sissified babies out there! Too bad you don’t like the fact that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

Learn something!

December 9th, 2010
9:37 am

One last thing: Best wishes to Cooper and thanks for your contributions to GT football. Coop and his father will always have a positive place in GT football history, and appreciation from all real and knowledgeable fans!

good luck cooper but a bad move

December 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Never, never, ever quit the team in the middle of the year. It is a poor reflection on that individual and on one who advises such immature behavior. He is a good kid but made a bad choice in this case. Nothing good came out of quitting midyear as no eligibility was gained or preserved and you are a part of the team and should try to help your teammates win even if it is just by working hard in practice.
Good luck to a good kid who made a dumb choice.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

Coach Paul Johnson also didn’t go 6-6 this year, losing to another bad UGA team for nothing.

Coach Al Groh didn’t get FIRED from his ALMA MATER uva for nothing.

No need to hero worship these bums.

As far as “refreshing honesty” goes, what’s with the ambiguous “heat-related symptoms” excuse for why Taylor was not playing? Sounds to me like the kid was just in Johnson’s doghouse, possibly to the expense of the team.

Brock

December 9th, 2010
2:28 pm

How in gods name do you guys know what went down with Cooper?. Honestly, have any of you spoken to him or the coach? Anyone? I’ve never seen a more sad sack bunch of so called fans than some of you on here. Support or leave.

FPJ- We get it. You don’t like the guy. Stop posting the same sh#t all day everyday. Do us all a favor and simply copy and paste. We know what’s comin.

Not Disappointed

December 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

Good luck to him!

devils advocate

December 9th, 2010
3:22 pm

this is silly but I’ll lay 9-1 odds that “Learn something!” actually believed W when he made a preemptive strike base on intelligence saying there were WMD.

Too bad Mr Doug was not able to talk to Mr Taylor.

Bob

December 9th, 2010
5:42 pm

AL GROH AND DEFENSIVE STAFF HAVE TO GO!!!!!BRING IN RANDY SHANNON AS OUR DEFENSIVE COORD AND LET HIM BRING IN HIS PEOPLE ON DEFENSIVE SIDE OF BALL.PJ HAS NO CLUE.RANDY SHANNON IS THE ANSWER.RECRUITING WOES SOLVED.TALENT BASE WILL IGNITE.RANDY IS HIGHLY RESPECTED AS A DEFENSIVE COACH.GET RID OF THE FOSSIL GROH AND HIS MORON STAFF AND BRING IN RANDY SHANNON ASAP.

Bob

December 9th, 2010
5:43 pm

BRING IN RANDY SHANNON AS OUR DEFENSIVE COORD.JOKER PHILIPS IS TRYIG TO GET HIM AT KENTUCKY BUT WE CAN GET HIM AT TECH.PJ DONT BE A FOOL.BRING IN RANDY!!!

Bob

December 9th, 2010
5:45 pm

RANDY SHANNON AS OUR DEFENSIVE COORD WILL OPEN UP A PIPELINE TO GREAT PLAYERS OUT OF FLORIDA.RANDY IS A GREAT RECRUITER AND GREAT DEFENSIVE COACH UNDER JIMMY JOHNSON SCHOOL.BRING RANDY TO TECH!!!!LETS GO TECH SUPPORTERS LETS GET THIS DONE.