Redshirt freshman running back Taylor Rank rushed for 101 yards in his first career start on…
Taylor Rank Runs With Opportunity
Question: How does it feel to go from one extreme to the other; almost leaving here to now getting reps with the first team?
Answer: Well, after I made my decision that this is where I wanted to be, and I made a commitment here, I had to re-focus myself, get in the weight room, and start training as hard as I could just to get an opportunity.
Question: How did you feel out there working with the first team?
Answer: The first day in pads and everybody gets a little excited to do a little bit of contact, but it felt good to get a lot of reps and get into a little groove.
Question: What kind of role are you hoping to play this season?
Answer: I'm just going to go with whatever the coach wants to do. I just want to get on the field as much as possible and do whatever I can to help this team.
Question: Could you use this as an opportunity to show what you can do?
Answer: You want to take advantage of every opportunity that you get, and I'm going to try my best to take full advantage of this.
Question: What helped you decide to stay at Carolina after considering a transfer over the summer?
Answer: After sustaining my second injury, it was more aggravation and frustration from being in the training room instead of on the practice field. I had to mature a little bit. It was an immature decision, but this is just where I want to be. It's a great town, great fans, and great people.
Question: What is it like playing for Coach Robert Gillespie?
Answer: He's (Coach Gillespie) real fun. He can communicate with us on a good medium, and he's a real good coach. He makes sure we know everything and we do the little things right.
Question: What is your biggest strength as a tailback?
Answer: I think my strength as a tailback is being able to get north and south.
Question: Do you consider yourself a receiving threat coming out of the backfield?
Answer: I consider myself to have pretty good hands, and as a receiving threat, I think I'm a pretty good option.
Question: What do you think you have improved on the most since last season?
Answer: I think my strength, my vision, and my pad level have been probably my biggest improvements.