Jonathan Taylor has been compared to a lot of outstanding running backs during his career at Wisconsin. Names like Ron Dayne, Herschel Walker and Barry Sanders have all been mentioned in the same sentence as the Badger ball carrier.
The comparisons don’t stop there, though. In fact, former head coach-turned-analyst Urban Meyer had another one for Taylor — a pretty good one at that. Meyer believes Taylor looks a little bit like former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys back Ezekiel Elliott.
Considering Elliott is now the highest-paid running back in the NFL, that’s a pretty good player to be compared to at this stage in his career.
“I think he’s got some Zeke in him,” Meyer said when asked if Taylor reminded him of anyone. “He’s a big, strong running back. I know Reggie Bush, part of our Big Noon Kickoff team, spent some time with him — loved him.
“I coached against him and I think he’s one of the best, if not the best running backs in the league. But isn’t it amazing how Wisconsin, every year, next year they’re going to have [a great running back]…It just never stops. That is a very appealing place for tailbacks to go to school. The history of tailbacks, the offensive line, but I think [Taylor] is going to be a high draft pick. He’s going to be one of the best players in America. And they say, on top of all that, he’s just a wonderful guy.”
Taylor had a Heisman-like performance in the season-opening win over USF. He rushed for 135 yards and had 48 receiving yards with four total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving) in a 49-0 victory.
Somehow, even after leading the NCAA in rushing yards last season, he looks even better and smoother than he did a year ago. It’s likely going to be another big year for one of the nation’s best running backs in 2019.
"(Jonathan Taylor's) got some Zeke in him."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 5, 2019