Jonathan Taylor has been a workhorse for Wisconsin so far, and he’s already passed 1,000 yards rushing in only seven games.
He passed 1,000 yards in the first quarter against Maryland on Saturday, putting himself in some elite company. He’s tied for the fewest games ever for a freshman to reach 1,000 yards.
Jonathan Taylor reached 1,000 rush yards on the season in his 7th game
That matches the FBS record for fewest games needed by a freshman pic.twitter.com/mJibbQ8xwc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2017
He is also the fastest Wisconsin freshman ever to get to 1,000 yards, beating James White’s record from 2010.
Coming into Saturday’s game, only four other players in the nation had crossed the 1,000-yard barrier so far this season: Stanford’s Bryce Love, Hawaii’s Diocemy Saint Juste, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State and Navy’s Zach Abey. Taylor is the only freshman of that group.
Corey Clement racked up 1375 yards on 314 carries to lead Wisconsin last year. Wisconsin has five games left after Saturday,
which puts Taylor on a clear path to top Clement’s mark.
Taylor’s even entered the Heisman picture, with Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman including the running back in his lastest watch list. With performances like this, it’s easy to see why.
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