JACKSON, Miss. —T.C. Taylor has been named head football coach for the Jackson State Tigers.
Jackson State University made the announcement on Tuesday. Taylor is the 22nd head coach for the Tigers, replacing Deion Sanders, who recommended him for the job.
"The former JSU quarterback and wide receiver has been a part of the Jackson State football staff since 2019, coaching tight ends and wide receivers, and has played a key role in an historic run over the past two seasons of Tiger football," JSU said in a news release.
JSU won back-to-back SWAC championships and the Tigers are preparing to head to Atlanta to play in the Celebration Bowl.
"Coach Taylor’s experience working with our student-athletes, along with his dedication to support and enhance his alma mater, are exactly what Jackson State University needs to continue to elevate the athletic prowess of our football program,” said JSU President Thomas K. Hudson. "I look forward to working with him as he continues to build on tradition and blaze new trails."
A native of McComb, Taylor played quarterback and wide receiver at Jackson State from 1998-2001, starting off as a signal caller for two-and-a-half seasons before switching to wide receiver. In just 19 games as a receiver, he amassed 188 catches for 1,793 yards.
As a senior at Jackson State, Taylor broke the JSU single-season record with 84 receptions for 1,234 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning NCAA Division I-AA Third-Team All-America honors from The Sports Network and First-Team Black College All-America recognition from Sheridan Broadcasting Network. He was also the runner-up for the 2001 Conerly Trophy, presented to Mississippi’s top college football player, behind Eli Manning. Source Link