|74 Taylor Hudson|
Carden, Hardy, Hudson And T. Williams Garner First-Team Honors
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 21 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Kickoff Set for 2:00 p.m. Against Marshall At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Kickoff Set For 3:30 p.m. (EST) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Expected to open senior season in a competitive battle with C.J. Struyk for the Pirates' starting center job , a position he held during the first half of the 2012 season and on two occasions in 2013 ... Ascend to the top of the offensive depth chart followed exclusive action on various special teams blocking units during redshirt freshman season ... At one point, was arguably credited as making the most progress among all projected starting linemen ... Versatility could also allow action at the guard position should injuries and/or depth issue force move of others ... In all, has appeared in 26 career games with nine starts ... Work ethic and development in strength and conditioning program have also been lauded ... Lifts of note include a 405-pound bench press, a 525-pound back squat and a power clean of 308 ... Had the quickest 40 time of all tested offensive linemen with a clip of 5.18.
2013: Played in 10 contests and made a pair of starts (Florida Atlantic and vs. Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl) at center ... Did not experience action against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Middle Tennessee ... A member of an offensive unit that recorded 440 or more yards of total offense in eight of the 10 games played in, with a season-high 625 against UAB ... Helped provide running lanes for three of Vintavious Cooper's four 100-yard rushing performances, including a career-best 198 ground yards against Ohio at Tropicana Field ... Part of a line that produced a 4,000-passer (4,139/Shane Carden), a 1,000-yard rusher (1,193/Cooper) and a 1,000-yard receiver (1,284/Justin Hardy) ... Assisted the Pirates to a No. 7 national rank in third down percentage (51.0), a No. 8 standing in scoring offense (40.2 ppg) and a No. 11 clip in passing offense (328.1 ypg).
2012: Started seven of nine games at center after appearing in seven contests as a redshirt freshman on special teams unit a year earlier ... Recorded first career start in the season opener vs. Appalachian State ... Followed by booking successive starts vs. South Carolina, Southern Miss, North Carolina, UTEP, UCF and Memphis before suffering back injury and surrendering top job to Josh Clark for the remainder of the year ... Returned to action after missing three games with the aforementioned injury in a reserve role at Tulane ... Credited with helping first-year starter Shane Carden's acclimation during his first five starts at quarterback.
2011: Experienced action on the special teams' blocking units in seven games during initial season on the active roster ... Appeared against North Carolina, Houston, Tulane, Southern Miss, UTEP, UCF and Marshall ... Part of a group that helped kicker Michael Barbour convert 39-of-40 point after touchdown attempts ... Blocked along the line for Barbour's program record-tying 58-yard field goal at Marshall during the season finale.
2010: Redshirted during first campaign with the Pirates and served on the scout team ... Officially signed with East Carolina in February.
High School: A three-year starter at offensive tackle at Mauldin High School ... Helped the Mavericks and head coach Doug Shaw capture a 32-21 Class AAAA Division I playoff victory over Fort Dorchester ... Anchored a line that allowed MHS average 40.8 points per game ... Named to the All-Greenville County First Team as a senior and junior ... Rated by ESPN.com among the top 60 (55) offensive guards in the country and was labeled a three-star recruit ... A High School Playbook All-Area Team selection as a senior ... Recipient of the Mauldin team's Maverick Award ... Participated in the 2009 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... Helped propel Mauldin from a 6-6 record in 2008 to a 10-3 mark in 2009 ... The Mavericks' 10 wins tied the 1976 school record for most victories in a season ... Reportedly timed at 5.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash during prep testing.
Personal: Full name is Taylor William Hudson ... Born November 27, 1991 at Greenville, S.C. ... Son of William and Lynne Hudson ... Earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice during ECU's Spring Commencement Exercises in May, 2014 ... Selected to the ECU Honor Roll for classroom work in the spring semesters of 2011, 2013 and 2014 ... Currently pursuing second undergraduate degree in management ... Volunteers for the Mauldin Fire Department in his spare time ... Hobbies include fishing, hunting and riding four-wheelers ... Says favorite NFL player is Michael Oher of "The Blind Side" fame ... Parents have served as most influential figures during career.