Elijah Taylor has played under-the-radar for two years, but was expected to be a valuable part of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive line this year before suffering an Lisfranc injury in March.
Taylor, #58, is 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds. He’s a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio. He played 31 snaps on the defensive line last year after spending his freshman year on the scout team. Taylor has three years of eligibility left.
3 Things To Know About Elijah Taylor
- Elijah’s dad, Kevin, played defensive back for the Miami-Ohio Redhawks.
- Elijah went to Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Gerry Faust coached before taking over the Irish in 1981. Moeller has also produced a wealth of talent for the Irish, which Blue & Gold Illustrated’s Lou Somogyi documented in 2014.
- Taylor’s injury is to the middle of his foot. It happened when he got stepped on by another player. Recent Irish players who have suffered the same injury include Jarron Jones and Justin Brent. (Brent recently transferred to the Nevada Wolf Pack.)
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Elijah Taylor, the Mauler from Moeller.
Taylor played in the Syracuse Orange, Army Black Knights and USC Trojans games last year. The lineman made the most of his 10 snaps against the Trojans, recording three tackles and one tackle for loss.
Taylor backs up Daniel Cage, who has had an injury-riddled career — including a concussion. Taylor’s own injury will limit his effectiveness, as he hasn’t been cleared to practice yet. He’s expected to be ready when fall camp begins around Aug. 1, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be conditioned enough to be the rotational guy the Irish so desperately need.
If healthy, Taylor will likely compete with fellow junior Micah Dew-Treadway for snaps when Cage, Jerry Tillery or Jonathan Bonner need a breather. Many media members also expect true freshman Darnell Ewell to crack the two-deep at an interior line position this year, which could limit Taylor’s time.
Here’s the play against USC where Taylor blew through the line and dropped Ronald Jones II for a three-yard loss: