Linebacker Noah Taylor Looking To Build Off Impressive Sophomore Season

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Virginia football relied on sophomore outside linebacker Noah Taylor more as the 2019 season went on. He rewarded the confidence with quality play, including a standout performance against Virginia Tech. ~ Photo by Mike Ingalls

Noah Taylor arrived at The University of Virginia in January of 2018 as a speedy, long 6’5” outside linebacker prospect with a slender build. Early enrollment provided him with a valuable spring football experience and eight months in the Cavalier weight training program as he prepared for his first season of major college football.

Taylor appeared in nine of 13 games as a true freshman, seeing most of his action on special teams while learning behind senior Chris Peace. From Peace, Taylor says he learned “total effort, learned how to play hard, rush the quarterback, play physical. I learned everything.”

In the spring of 2019, Taylor exuded confidence thanks to a year in the strength program and a season of experience. The then-rising second year was pleased with how far he’d come in terms of learning all of the responsibilities of outside linebacker.

“When I was in high school, I was just focused on pass-rushing,” Taylor noted in the spring of 2019. “When I came here, I didn’t really know how to stop the run. That’s