The defense came up with seven sacks, two interceptions & a goal line stand.
Eight first-time starters seek to help the Spartans start the season on the right track.
Spartans get balanced perfomance from offense and defense in the win.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his fourth season with the Spartans... Played in 33 games with 11 starts in his first three seasons... Competing for a starting role as a defensive end... His 7.0 career quarterback sacks are tops among returning San Jose State players at the start of the 2016 season... Has a single-game best 2.0 quarterback sacks in his major college debut vs. Sacramento State (8/29/13)... Single-game career best eight tackles at Minnesota (9/20/13)... Signed with San José State in February 2012.
2015: Saw action in 12 games all as a reserve defensive end... Led the team with 3.0 quarterback sacks... Credited with sacks in wins over New Hampshire (9/3) and Fresno State (9/26) and at Nevada (11/14)... Credited with 14 tackles for the season... Season-high three tackles came in the UNLV overtime victory (10/10).
2014: Appeared in nine games and made four starts as a defensive end in the team's 4-3 alignment... Started the first two games of the season vs. North Dakota (8/28) and at Auburn (9/6)... Also started in the UNLV win (10/4) and at Fresno State (11/8)... Credited with 12 tackles for the season... Had at least one tackle in six of the nine games he played... Had a season-high three tackles in the UNLV and Colorado State (11/1) games.
2013: Played in all 12 games and started seven times as an outside linebacker... Credited with 26 tackles, shared the team lead with 4.0 quarterback sacks and tied for fourth on the team with 4.0 tackles for loss... Had all of his tackles for loss in the first six games of the season... 2.0 of his 4.0 sacks came in the Sacramento State win (8/29)... Season-best eight tackles at Minnesota (9/21) included a quarterback sack.
2012: Finished the season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coach Jay Braun) at Oak Grove High in San José, Calif.... Played tight end and defensive end... A first-team all-league and a second-team All-Central Coast Section choice as a junior after making 69 tackles and coming up with 10 quarterback sacks.
MORE ON EUGENE: A child and adolescent development major... Would like to become a middle school teacher... Dad, Woody Taylor, was a defensive back on the 1974 and 1975 San José State football teams... Brother, Kellen Taylor, was a wide receiver for the 2003 University of Oregon team... He is a native of San José.