Ty Taylor has caught crucial touchdown passes, third-and-longs and even the occasional dump pass for the Glen Rose Tigers football team.
In his senior season, Taylor has caught the attention of WFAA-TV sports personality Dale Hansen, and has been named a McDonald’s Texas Scholar Athlete of the Week.
“Ty has always been one of our most dependable student-athletes,” said Glen Rose head coach Tommy Dunn. “He is the type of kid that does everything right. He’s a hard worker and that is one of the things that has made him so successful. He’s a very good athlete at everything he tries and that is reflected in the classroom as to what type of student he is. It’s a reflection of the type of kid he is and the type of family he has that would instill those values.”
Dunn nominated Taylor for the award.
“I was excited, but a little nervous too,” said Taylor. “(Hansen) called me about three weeks ago and we went up (to the studio) and did the interview.”
Taylor’s father Kevin said that the family went to the television studios and gathered with a handful of scholar athletes.
The station pre-recorded the interviews and Ty’s aired on Oct. 11.
“We were glad that Glen Rose High Sschool got the recognition. Also, Ty is deserving. He works hard at his studies, plays all sports and manages to juggle the two,” Kevin Taylor said.
“My family was excited. My mom always watches (Dale Hansen’s Sports Special) and she’s always wanted me to be on it. A lot of people have been congratulating me, a lot more than I expected. I didn’t think that many people would find out about it,” added Ty.
Taylor is the Tigers’ leading pass catcher this season with 29 catches for 410 yards and two scores as well as the leading punt returner with 72 yards on seven returns.
In addition to the gridiron, Taylor is also a member of the Runnin’ Tigers basketball team and Tigers baseball team.