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Football’s Four to Flourish in 2021-2022: D.J. Taylor

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 05 UCLA at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The most notable game last season for Arizona State was The Territorial Cup against rival University of Arizona. The Devils won 70-7 with the impressive scoring run kick-started by true freshman D.J. Taylor.

Taylor had a 100-yard kickoff return to start the game and the Devils never looked back.

That play put Taylor on the map.

At the game prior against UCLA, Taylor promised coach Herm Edwards a kickoff return.

He had the chance to do so at the end of the first half, but he was tripped.

Taylor won the Babe Alex Demon Special Teams MVP for the 2020 season and made Pac-12 All-Conference second team.

Taylor did not make much noise otherwise, but that one kickoff return showed a lot of promise.

He was able to dodge tackles, weave in and out of players and create momentum for his teammates to build off of.

During a full season with no setbacks, Taylor could truly be that guy for the Sun Devils. He has the ability to elevate the return game in a way that could give ASU the edge against each opponent this season.