Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wolves QB earns weekly GSC honor

Carrollton, GA - For his performance in leading the UWG football program to one of the biggest wins in its history, West Georgia quarterback Emmanuel Taylor was named the Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week by GSC officials Monday.

As the fourth quarter began, the Wolves found themselves in a 35-24 hole. But, as the junior signal-caller has showed multiple times this season, the word quit did not exist with 15 minutes left on the clock and facing the top-ranked team in the nation in Delta State.

Taylor was nothing short of brilliant in the final quarter, as he showed on the first play of the period with a 16-yard run. That was the first of five runs on the West Georgia drive for 51 yards. His final run was a 1-yard plunge that pulled the Wolves to within five at 35-30. He capped the drive with a completed pass to Bobby Burum to complete the two-point conversion and making the score 35-32 with 9:06 remaining in the game.

Later in the fourth quarter, he engineered the game-winning drive and helped put senior running back James Kennebrew in position to score the game's final touchdown with 1:32 left on the clock. It was the third time this season that Taylor had led a game-winning drive in the final two minutes of the game. He set up the game-winning field goal against Saint Augustine's in the final minute and engineered a brilliant drive to end the game against Valdosta State.

The Blakely native led the way on the ground with 25 rushes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He also was 16-of-32 for 258 yards through the air with two touchdowns. In addition, his performance paved the way for West Georgia's first ever victory over a No. 1 team.

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