Lipscomb Academy football coach Scott Tillman hopes college coaches take notice of his senior quarterback Sy Taylor.
He passed for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping the Mustangs to an 8-3 record en route to the first round of the Class 3A playoffs last year.
“I think Sy Taylor is one of the most underrated players in the entire Midstate,” Tillman said. “I think he’s a Division I quarterback. He has an incredibly strong arm and he has moxie. I just think he’s a great football player.”
Tillman said Taylor (6-3, 210) has the strongest arm for a Lipscomb quarterback since Ethan Flatt, who went on to play for Ole Miss from 2004-05.
“There’s not a throw (Sy) can’t make on the field,” Tillman said. “He commands the huddle and the respect of his team, and makes checks and calls from the line of scrimmage. But he’s not a dual threat guy and so everybody right now is looking for that dual threat guy, a kid that can run the 4.6 (40-yard dash) and run the quarterback read and option.”
Taylor is more of a traditional pocket passer.
The Mustangs have good size up front in Jackson Mitchell (6-5, 265), a two-way starter at end. Offensive tackles Baker Richardson (6-3, 285) and David Floyd (6-5, 315) should keep Taylor well-protected.
Lipscomb opens up tonight at Page. The Mustangs beat the Patriots 60-42 in a wild opener last year.
Two of the offensive stars from that game, former Lipscomb tailback Deandre Tigg and ex-Page quarterback Zak Mizell, are now Lindsey Wilson teammates.
“I think Lindsey Wilson is going to have one heck of a college team with those two kids,” Tillman said. “I’m not sure my heart can take another shootout like last year. I hope it’s not a shootout like that.”
Pager went 5-6 and made it to the first round of the Class 4A playoffs last year.