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
Kickoff Set For Noon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Expected to open junior campaign as the Pirates' starting center, a position he held during the first half of the 2012 season ... His rise to the top of the offensive depth chart followed exclusive action on various special teams blocking units during redshirt freshman season ... Credited as arguably 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 ... Work ethic and development in strength and conditioning program are also recognized with a two-year combined 231-pound improvement in the bench press (405/+70), back squat (525/+110) and power clean (308/+51) ... Dropped nearly 20 pounds from signing day weight (290) during redshirt year before gaining 30 back under Jeff Connors' direction over the last two years.
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 ... A criminal justice major who earned ECU Honor Roll status for classroom work in the spring semesters of 2011 and 2013 ... 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.