ORLANDO -- Kelvin Taylor is comfortable with his decision.
Florida’s junior tailback declared for the 2016 NFL Draft last week and will play his final game in a Gators uniform Friday against Michigan in the Citrus Bowl (1 p.m., ABC).
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound back is just 15 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 yards this season. Taylor, projected as a mid-round pick by CBSSports.com, has 13 rushing touchdowns, too, tying his father Fred Taylor for most by a Gators tailback since 1997.
Coincidentally, Taylor will finish his career in the same stadium his dad also starred in his final collegiate game.
In 1998, Fred Taylor rushed for a Citrus Bowl-record 234 yards on 43 carries in Florida’s 21-6 win over Penn State.
On Monday, Taylor explained his decision to turn pro, spoke on his desire to go out the same way his father did and more.
Why go to the NFL now?
“It was pretty much just the best fit for me and for my career going in the future. I feel like it’s the best time right now. I just feel like this is the perfect timing and timing is everything. I feel like it’s going to help me out, and I feel like it was a great decision.”
Was it a difficult choice to make?
“Not really an easy one. But at the same time, I feel like it was a smart one. It was just the right decision. At the same time, going to bed at night, I’m just tossing and turning thinking about it sometimes. Like I said, I’m going to miss Gator Nation, but I feel like it’s a good decision. My teammates and my coaches are fine with it and they supported me really good through this decision. I’m just thankful for those guys and I’m looking forward to just finishing with a bang on Friday.”
What sort of role did your dad have on your decision?
“I leaned on my father a whole lot. My father, we talked about it a whole lot. Me, my mother, just my whole family. It was a family decision, but we’re comfortable with it. I feel like that’s going to be the best decision for me and my family for my future. I’m excited. I’m just ready to finish strong and there’s nothing like Gator Nation. I love Gator Nation. It’s going to be great out there Friday.”
How about playing your final game where your dad did, too?
“It’s very cool, man. Just to be very thankful for great coaches and great teammates, it’s going to be a great experience. I’m going to be sad, but at the same time, I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m looking forward to going out there and finishing with a bang. I’m ready to go.”
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