An acrobatic and gifted receiver who finally enjoyed a breakout season of sorts at the wide receiver position after experiencing limited action, primarily on special teams, during his first two seasons on program's active roster ... Will open senior campaign with a stable position on the unit's two-deep, projected as the top reserve at the "X" position ... However, move to starting status and subsequent significant playing time will be defined by ECU's use of a three or four wide-out alignment during the season ... Could also be utilized on special teams again ... Offers flash, excitement and plenty of athleticism but development and growth remains consistent as a relative newcomer to the game of football, playing just one season of varsity prep competition ... Owns one of the top vertical leaps in the program, thanks in large part to an extensive basketball background ... A very personable and unselfish student-athlete who donates much free time to many community relations activities and on-campus activities ... Often is one of the first players requested for off-the-field functions because of charisma and ability to communicate with children, especially in the local public school system ... Finally allowed a nagging foot injury to heal by sitting out spring drills, thus is expected to be 100 percent to open the season after playing with considerable pain during the latter half of the '08 campaign.
2008: Played in all 14 games, starting the last 10 consecutive contests in place of Jamar Bryant ... Filled role admirably, standing fourth on unit in catches (23) and reception yards (310) ... Averaged 13.5 yards per grab with a personal-long of 47 against Houston ... Was on the receiving end of one touchdown pass, grabbing a 13-yarder from Patrick Pinkney against No. 8 West Virginia moments before halftime that pushed ECU's lead to 17-3 ... Play against Mountaineers was nominated as the Pontiac Game Changing Performance-of-the-Week ... Scored other touchdown on a 40-yard return of an onside kick in the regular season finale against UTEP with just 44 seconds remaining in the game ... Turned in career-high performances against Southern Miss (four receptions) and Houston (58 reception yards) ... Enjoyed an 11-game reception streak, beginning with the N.C. State (1-9) contest and ending with a zero-catch outing vs. Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... In all, caught a pass in 11 games ... Booked five multiple-catch efforts (three each vs. West Virginia, Houston, UCF and UTEP; two vs. Marshall) in addition to four-grab afternoon at Southern Miss ... Along with the 58-yard contribution vs. Houston, other 20+ yardage totals of note include 55 vs. UTEP, 41 vs. West Virginia, 37 vs. Virginia, 32 vs. Southern Miss, 29 vs. Marshall and 24 vs. UCF ... Recorded only tackle (solo) at UAB.
2007: A sophomore reserve receiver and special teams member who experienced action in 11 games ... Did not record any statistics (catches or tackles on special teams) ... Did not play in games vs. Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
2006: Experienced action in six games as a backup receiver and member of special teams ... Played in games against Navy, Virginia, SMU, Southern Miss, UCF and Marshall but did not record any receptions.
2005: Redshirted ... Turned in notable tenure on scout team, preparing successful Pirate secondary on a weekly basis ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005.
High School: Played one season of football for coach Bryan Davis at Southwest Guilford High School after residing in Germany (family military obligation) during his freshman and sophomore years ... Credited with 936 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while making 39 catches in 2004 to earn all-conference, All-Northeast and All-Northwest Football honors ... Also averaged 32.7 yards per kickoff return and rushed for 109 additional yards ... Helped guide Southwest Guilford to the state playoffs, facing off against No. 3 Asheville in the opening round ... Lettered twice in basketball, cross country and track as a junior and senior ... An all-conference selection as a basketball and cross country performer for the Cowboys ... Also participated in basketball, track and cross country while overseas, earning All-Europe accolades for accomplishments as a runner ... Recipient of the Coca-Cola Student-Athlete Award (4.0 grade point average) ... Also recruited as a Division I basketball prospect after averaging 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior before improving his numbers to 17.0 ppg as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Alexander Jacob Taylor ... Born September 27, 1986 at Honolulu, Hawaii ... A communications major.