PUEBLO — CSU-Pueblo football standout Emery Taylor recently completed one of the most impressive careers in Thunderwolves history. The senior defensive back ended his college tenure with a program-best 21 interceptions.
"The adrenaline is crazy, it's almost like time slows down when you pick that ball and you're get going the other way, it's amazing, can't even explain it," Taylor said.
The Aurora native defied the odds as an under-recruited prospect that stood just 5'10 but ended up as one of the most decorated secondary players in Division II history.
"Being undersized, you always need to play with a chip on your shoulder and be a fierce competitor," Taylor said. "Won't be denied, you've got to play with that chip."
Having won 39 games in his career under head coach Johne Wristen, Taylor become an early starter and a backbone of the defense from his freshman year on.
"He's found a way, if you would have told me when we recruited him he'd be our current interception leader, I'd have said you were crazy but the kid worked, he understood it," Wristen said. "I'm very proud of what his career has been here at CSU-Pueblo."
With his college career now in the record books, Taylor will look to hire an agent before attending the Division II bowl game and several upcoming combines/pro days throughout the country.
"I just need to get my foot in the door and if I get my foot in the door, I can make some plays and impress some people," Taylor said.
While No. 1 hopes his future in football continues, he'll always hold a special place in his heart for the team and coaching staff that took a shot on this Denver-based diamond in the ruff.
"I'm going to miss it tremendously here but I hope there is more football to be played and I'm grateful for everything that has happened at CSU-Pueblo," Taylor said.