Texas homecoming for center Ryan Taylor

September, 21, 2010
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UCLA center Ryan Taylor has always been a Texas Longhorns fan, but he'll have to put that allegiance on hold this week and so will his family and friends.

Taylor grew up in Denison, Texas -- about a 3 1/2-hour drive from Austin, where UCLA will play Texas on Saturday. He said he has dozens of friends and family heading to the game, and he said none will be wearing burnt orange.

"All of them are like, 'This one week, I’m not a Longhorns fan. This one week, I’m a UCLA fan," Taylor said.

Taylor is the only current UCLA player from Texas, so naturally he's been getting a lot of questions from teammates this week.

"I just tell them it’s going to be a great way to see how football is down South," Taylor said. "It’s like a religion down there."

Taylor said he's excited to play a game at Texas. He's never been to a game there, though he did take a recruiting visit so he saw the stadium and locker room.

"It's going to be pretty neat," he said. "But it's going to be weird because I've been a fan my whole life and I get to go to a game and I can't like them."

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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