Everyone knows Jonathan Taylor is a fast running back. Now he will use that speed for the Wisconsin Badgers track and field team this spring.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus first reported of Taylor, who claimed the 2018 Doak Walker Award winner after leading the nation in rushing last season, running track. WOZN’s Zach Heilprin also tweeted the news minutes later.
It appears Taylor’s track career will start right away, as Potrykus and the Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Galloway noted that the talented back joined the track team this week while missing Wisconsin’s spring practice on Tuesday.
Potrykus and Heilprin also reported what events he will participate in and when, as seen below:
According to #Badgers: J. Taylor is set to be on 400 relay at Penn Relays this weekend. Hope is to follow that at home meet on 5/2 and then run at B1G meet 5/9 thru 5/11 in Iowa City.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) April 23, 2019
#Badgers say Taylor is set to run 4x100-meter relay. Will have three meets: Penn Relays this weekend, UW Alumni Classic (5/3) and then B1G Championships (5/10-5-12). Could also run in the NCAA preliminary round if the relay qualifies.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) April 23, 2019
As noted in his UWBadgers.com profile, Taylor claimed consecutive New Jersey Meet of Champions titles in the 100 meters in his final two years in high school. In 2016 and 2017 during his junior and senior prep years, he also earned four Group 1 state championships in the 100 meters and 4 x 100 relay.
More from spring practice on Tuesday
Unfortunately B5Q (errr, me) could not make it to practice on Tuesday morning (sick kid, stomach bug, not fun!).
Here are a few quick practice highlights from others on the Wisconsin beat:
#Badgers RB Bradrick Shaw got a few reps today in 7 on 7 - good news for him as he works back from the 2017 Leg injury. Thinking he and Nakia Watson will give UW some good reps behind Jonathan Taylor this year.— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) April 23, 2019
#Badgers OL Logan Bruss was back taking team reps at right tackle today. Josh Seltzner and David Moorman both took first-team reps at right guard. Moorman also took some second-team reps at center.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) April 23, 2019
Taylor has joined the track team, per UW. He began practice this week and will run for the #Badgers in the 4X100 relay at the Penn Relays this week.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) April 23, 2019
Pryor (right leg) and Schipper (head) are injured. https://t.co/xz7DhkdkIb
For more detailed recaps of Wisconsin’s 13th spring practice, check out the following: