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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Maryland's Taylor gets extra year of eligibility

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Good news for the Terps: The NCAA has given cornerback Richard Taylor another year of eligibility.

Taylor missed almost all of the past two seasons with knee injuries. It started in the spring of 2007 when Taylor's season ended with a left knee injury. He made it through the first three games last year before suffering a season-ending right knee injury against California (Sept. 13).

Taylor is one of those players who always seems to be smiling, and he's well-spoken and works hard. Whether he'll earn a starting job at cornerback remains to be seen, but he'll definitely help the group's depth and will see some time on special teams. Heading into this spring, Nolan Carroll and Anthony Wiseman would be the starters.

Taylor will be working with the No. 2s, along with Jamari McCollough -- who can also play safety -- Cameron Chism and Michael Carter.

Taylor has played in 23 career games, mostly on special teams. He redshirted in 2004 and played a reserve role in 2005 and 2006.

He graduated in 2007 and is currently pursuing a master's in real estate development.