Jonathan Taylor has had no trouble running through, over, around and past defenders on the football field in his two seasons at Wisconsin, so the star back is going to try his hand at a different sport this spring.
According to Jeff Potrykus of the Journal-Sentinel, Taylor will be joining the Badgers track team this spring to showcase his speed. He’ll be attending the Penn Relays this weekend as a member of the 400 relay team.
Taylor participated with the Badgers football team through most of spring practice, but with the schedule winding down, the back is able to spend a little more time focusing on track. In addition to the Penn Relays, Potrykus said Taylor is expected to participate in a few other meets, including the B1G Conference meet in early May.
According to #Badgers: J. Taylor is set to be on 400 relay at Penn Relays this weekend. Hope is to follow that at home meet on 5/2 and then run at B1G meet 5/9 thru 5/11 in Iowa City.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) April 23, 2019
Taylor certainly has the speed and endurance to be a star on the track for Wisconsin. He was a former runner for his high school track team, as well.
Last season, Taylor led the NCAA in rushing yardage, totaling 2,194 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns in his sophomore season. In two years with the Badgers, he’s galloped for more than 4,000 yards.
Taylor is expected to be a contender for the Heisman Trophy next season, but he’s going to try and win a little hardware on the track first.