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Taylor powers Eagle offense

Friday, November 30, 2007  
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By Tracy Washam

Based on his play this year for Oklahoma Christian University, Jason Taylor has recovered well from a season ending injury he suffered last season.

The sophomore leads this year’s Eagles in points and rebounds, averaging 18 points-per- game and eight rebounds-per-game.

“I really feel like I have fully healed, and I am just focusing on taking advantage of the time I get to play out there,” Taylor said. “I think after any athlete gets injured they realize how important it is to make every game count because you never know when you could get hurt and not be able to play.”

Last season, Taylor went up for an offensive rebound and was hit in the knee by a defender boxing him out, causing a sprained MCL and cartilage damage.

“I really didn’t feel much pain at first because I kept playing on it. It was only a little while after that it started to bother me,” Taylor said.

Taylor went to the school trainers who said he should probably get an MRI. After he underwent the MRI, he was told it was only sprained, but he would still have to sit out the last 14 games of the 2006 season.

“I was glad it wasn’t something serious like an ACL tear, but I was still really bummed I wasn’t going to be able to finish out the season,” Taylor said.

Taylor started the rehabilitation process in May and continued it through the summer. He performed strengthening exercises with light weight at first and gradually moving up, strengthening his knee back to where it should be.

“Jason rehabbed really hard during the summer and really took it seriously to get ready for us this season,” Eagle’s head coach Dan Hays said. “I wasn’t worried about Jason’s determination to rehab. That guy is a go-getter, and I knew he would do what it takes to get healthy again.”

Taylor returned in August ready to practice and work out with the team to prepare for the 2007-2008 season.

“The first few weeks of practice were pretty hard because I had to wear a knee brace, but eventually I stopped wearing it,” Taylor said. “I feel more than 100% right now playing.”

The sophomore has already proven he is more than healthy and ready to play this year by his performances so far this season. Taylor scored a career high in points on back-to-back nights when he went for 24 points against Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and then against Hillsdale Baptist College he scored 29 points.

“Jason is a great player,” Hays said. “He works hard and is just flat out talented out on the court. It’s always hard to have a player sustain an injury, especially when it puts them out for a long period of time.”

Taylor’s knee is holding up well and teammates are glad to have him back on the court.

“Jason seems to be doing fine, obviously,” teammate David Jackson said. “It hasn’t bothered him once so far this season, and it’s a good thing because we need him out there.”

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