Reese Taylor may have arrived on Indiana’s campus as a quarterback, but he has known he wanted to play in the secondary for a while.
According to Zach Osterman with the Indianapolis Star, Taylor’s plan was always to play defensive back with the Hoosiers. Unfortunately, injuries on the offensive side of the ball in 2018 delayed the move. He recorded 257 total yards of offense in 12 games as a freshman.
Now that the team is heading into 2019, things on the offensive side of the ball have stabilized. Returning quarterbacks Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix Jr., along with the arrival of Jack Tuttle, has allowed Taylor to finally move to the secondary.
So far, secondary coach Brandon Shelby likes what he sees:
“He’s really good. He’s a tough, mental guy,” secondary coach Brandon Shelby said. “Being a quarterback has allowed him to understand the game as a whole, what (opponents) want to do offensively, what they’re trying to do. He brings that kind of thinking over to the defensive side of the ball.”
Taylor has been listed with the second-team on the depth chart. However, Osterman noted that Taylor has been mixed in with the first-team defense multiple times. It sure sounds like he will get plenty of opportunities to make plays once the season starts.