• 2013 Walter Payton Award Finalist
• Finished 11th in the voting
• 2013 All-American
• College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-American team
• Second team All-American by Associated Press and The Sports Network
• 2013 Big South Offensive Player of the Year
• 2013 1st Team All-Big South
• Had NINE games rushing for at least 100 yards
• EIGHT of CCU’s top 20 single-game performances
TALIAFERRO IN THE 2013 NCAA FCS – Big South THIS SEASON:
• 2nd - 1st in scoring (11.6 ppg)
• 3rd - 1st in rushing TDs (27)
• 3rd - 1st in rushing yards (1,729)
• 12th - 1st in rushing yards per game (115.3)
• 22nd - 2nd in pts responsible for (174)
• 36th - 1st in all-purpose (125.47 ypg)
• 117th- 5th in total offense (115.3 ypg)
• Big South Offensive Player of the Week FIVE times in 2013, tying a league record
• Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week (9/16)
Rushed 17 times for 174 yards - 10.2 yards per carry - and three touchdowns in helping Coastal Carolina defeat then #25 Eastern Kentucky, who entered the contest ranked third in the nation in run defense.
Of Taliaferro’s 17 attempts, eight went for either a first down or touchdown and five were 10-plus yards. After opening the game with a 13-yard run, he broke a 45-yard run for a touchdown to give CCU a 7-0 lead. On CCU’s second drive, Taliaferro gave CCU a 14-0 lead, scoring from five yards out. Late in the second half, he converted a key third-and-one before capping the drive with an 11-yard score for a 31-24 lead at halftime. Taliaferro finished the first half with 11 carries for 114 yards and scored three of the Chants’ four touchdowns. His last major contribution came midway through the third quarter as he gashed the Colonel defense for a 44-yard gain on a third-and-14 from the CCU 18. Coastal would go on to score and take a 38-24 lead.
• Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week (10/14)
Rushed 24 times for 144 yards (6.0 yards per rush) and scored three touchdowns versus Gardner-Webb. It marks the third time in the last four games he has scored three times in a game and he has scored 11 times over his last four contests. Also, he tied a Big South single-season record by rushing for three touchdowns in three straight games. Seven of his rushes went for either a CCU TD or first down and one of his four receptions was good for a first down. He had 13 rushes of five yards or more, including his final rush of the game - a 31-yard gain.
• Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week (10/21)
In addition, Taliaferro was CollegeFootballPerformanceAwards.com (CFPA) National Running Back Performer of the Week for his performance in the double-overtime win at Liberty.
He rushed for 151 yards and tied the Big South single-game record with four rushing touchdowns in Coastal Carolina’s 55-52 double-overtime win at Liberty. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry and finished the game with 175 all-purpose yards versus a Liberty defense that was ranked 27th in the NCAA FCS in rush defense (126.0 ypg) coming into the contest. Taliaferro amassed 100 rushing yards in the second half and overtime, with three scores to help the Chants erase two 19-point deficits. He accounted for either a first down or touchdown on seven of his 11 touches in the second half and his seven-yard rush in the second overtime put Coastal well into field goal range.
• Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week (11/4)
Rushed 24 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns in Coastal’s 50-25 victory over Charlotte. He extended his Big South record for most 3-TD games in a season to five, and matched the Big South single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 21. Taliaferro gave CCU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with runs of 10, 8, 7 and the final 5-yarder for the TD. He later capped a 72-yard drive with a 3-yard score with 1:30 left in the second quarter to give the Chants a 12-point lead at halftime. On Coastal’s final drive of the third quarter which extended into the fourth, Taliaferro’s 4-yard run put the game out of reach. He had runs of 5, 10, 16, 15, 10 and the final 4-yarder during the drive.
• Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week (11/18)
Rushed 16 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Coastal’s victory over Presbyterian College. He had no negative rushing yards and averaged 8.6 yards per carry in playing just the first half. Half of his rushes went for either a first down or touchdown and he gained 90 yards on his first seven attempts. Taliaferro’s two TD runs were from three yards and one yard and the scores broke two more Big South records, as he is now the single-season leader for points (144) and overall touchdowns (24). earlier this season he broke the Big South single-season mark for rushing TDs, now with 23.
2012 (JUNIOR): Played in 12 games, starting versus Toledo, Bethune-Cookman and Old Dominion … Missed the season opener with an injury … Finished fourth on the team in rushing with 357 yards behind all-conference back Jeremy Height, all-conference quarterback Aramis Hillary and Marcus Whitener … Tabbed the team’s Offensive MVP for the Appalachian State game … While he was Coastal’s short-yardage specialist – scoring five touchdowns in red zone situations, he showed big play ability by averaging 4.5 yards per rush … Rushed for a season-high 56 yards on nine carries versus Stony Brook … Added 55 yards on 13 carries at Furman, 54 yards on eight carries at VMI and 53 yards on nine carries versus Stony Brook … Had a season-high 10 carries at Toledo, gaining 30 yards … Had touchdown runs of nine and seven yards at Gardner-Webb.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Prior to Coastal Carolina: At Lackawanna JC: Named to the 2011 All-Northeast Football Conference second team … Tabbed the Lackawanna Offensive MVP … Scored 10 touchdowns, ranked ninth in the league with 428 rushing yards on 76 attempts with three TDs, adding 123 receiving yards … Was second in the conference and 14th in the NJCAA in kick returns, averaging 27.2 yards per return (579 yards on 11 attempts with a TD) … Ranked third in the league in all-purpose yards, averaging 120.5 yards per game … Selected as the Northeast Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week as he returned six kickoffs for 242 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown against Louisburg … Helped lead Lackawanna College to their ninth bowl game, playing the 2011 Salt City Bowl … As a freshman, had 19 rushes for 96 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: At Bruton HS: Named first team VHCSA and AP second team Group AA All-State … Played in the VHSCA All-Star game … Ran for 1,678 yards and scored 21 touchdowns … Helped lead the Panthers win the Region I Division 3 crown and the state title game.