April 23, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio -
Ohio wide receiver Taylor Price was taken with the 26th pick in the third round (90th overall) by the New England Patriots in the National Football League Draft Saturday night. He is the first Mid-American Conference player to be drafted this year and becomes the third Bobcat drafted in as many years.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, Price was the first player taken from an Ohio school and became the first Ohio University wide receiver drafted since Dave Juenger in 1973. He is the also the third Bobcat receiver to ever be drafted. In addition, Price is the third Ohio player taken by the Patriots organization, including their days in the now-defunct AFL. He is the eighth Bobcat taken in the top 100 picks of an NFL Draft.
Price was one of Ohio's greatest at the position during his four-year stint in Athens. He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in career catches (149), single-game catches (14 at Wyoming in 2008) and tied the school record for single-game touchdown catches (3 vs. Akron in 2008).
Price is the also the 29th student-athlete in Ohio history to be drafted. With the seventh-round selection of Landon Cohen by the Detroit Lions (216th overall) in 2008 and the second-round selection of Michael Mitchell by the Oakland Raiders (47th overall) in 2009, this marks the first time the program has had a draft pick in three consecutive years since 1961-63 (Bob Brooks-61, Ted Stute and Allen Miller-62 and Charley Nickoson and Dick Schultz-63).
2009: Ohio's all-time leader in career catches (149), single-game catches (14 at Wyoming in 2008) and tied the school record for TD catches in a game (3 vs. Akron in 2008)...Second all-time in school history in career touchdown catches (14) and career receiving yards (2,019)...Named Second-Team All-MAC at wide receiver...Member of the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list...Became Ohio's all-time leader in receptions with his 145th against Central Michigan in the 2009 Mid-American Conference Championship Game on Dec. 4...His team-leading 56 catches is the fourth-best single-season total in school history, trailing his 51-catch performance in 2008, which ranks sixth overall...Had 784 receiving yards on the season, which is also fifth-best in school history, while his 2,019 yards are second all-time...Averaged 2.87 catches per game over his career, the sixth-highest mark in Ohio history...Against Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game, Price threw his second career touchdown, connecting with teammate Terrence McCrae on a 29-yard strike...Averaged 14.0 yards per catch and 56.0 yards per game for Ohio with five touchdowns, a mark that is ninth in Ohio's single-season records...Had 14 career touchdown grabs, which is second in school history behind Todd Snyder's 15 (1967-69).
2008: Played in 12 games, starting 11...Posted a career-high 14 catches (school record) for 139 yards at Wyoming...Led Ohio with 51 receptions (fourth-highest in school history), 694 receiving yards (sixth) and five touchdown catches (tied for seventh)...Tied a school record with three touchdown receptions in the win over Akron...Nine career touchdown receptions are tied for eighth in school history.
2007: Played in 12 games ... Rushed the ball six times for 23 yards ... Received a pass 33 times for 464 yards and four touchdowns ... Returned seven kicks for 134 yards ... Completed both of his attempted passes for a total of 50 yards and a touchdown ... Recorded a career-high in receptions with six against Kent State (Sept. 29) ... Recorded a career high in rushing yards with 83 (Oct. 13) ... Against Toledo (Oct. 20), he recorded his longest pass reception for 54 yards...Set career-highs in kick returns with two and kick return yards with 32 against Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 8) ... Recorded his career longest kick return of 25 yards against Gardner Webb.
2006: Played in all 14 games, including one start ... Caught nine passes for 77 yards ... Returned five punts for 26 yards, all in the season-opener versus UT Martin ... Had one kick return for 23 yards against Kent State ... Made his first career reception at Northern Illinois ... Had a season-long 27-yard reception at Missouri ... Caught a season-high two passes for 18 yards in the MAC Championship Game.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at Hilliard Darby...Named honorable mention all-district as a senior...Was second-team all-conference as a junior...Made 30 catches for 400 yards...Had 52 tackles and two interceptions as a junior...Also blocked five kicks that season...Lettered once in baseball...Teammate of former Bobcat teammate Adam Olsheski.
PERSONAL: Majoring in Health Services Administration...Son of Kim Price.
--School Record Holder in:
Single-Game Catches (14 at Wyoming in 2008)
Career Catches (149)
Single-Game TD Catches (tied)-3 vs. Akron in 2008
--Second in Career Receiving Yards (2,019)
--Second in Career TD Catches (14)
--Second in Receptions by a junior (51, 2008)
--Fourth (56, 2009) and Sixth (51, 2008) in Single-Season Receptions
--Fourth in Receptions by a senior (56, 2009)
--Fourth in Receiving Yards by a junior (694, 2008)
--Fourth in Receiving Yards by a senior (784, 2009)
--Fifth (784, 2009) and Eighth (694, 2008) in Single-Season Receiving Yards
--Sixth in Career Receptions Per Game (2.87)
--Tied for ninth twice in TD Receptions in a season (five each in 2008 and 2009)