Brice Taylor

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Brice Taylor
Brice taylor.jpg
Taylor while playing at USC, c. 1925
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1902-07-04)July 4, 1902
Seattle, Washington
Died September 18, 1974(1974-09-18) (aged 72)
Downey, California
Alma mater Southern California
Playing career
1924–1926 USC
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1931 Southern
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
All-American (1925)
USC Athletic Hall of Fame

Brice Union Taylor (July 4, 1902 – September 18, 1974) was the first All-American football player at the University of Southern California, as well as one of the school's first African-American players. Taylor was also once head coach of the Southern University Jaguars football team.

Early years[edit]

Brice Taylor was born on July 4, 1902 in Seattle, Washington, which resulted in his middle name of "Union."[1] Taylor played at Franklin High School in his native Seattle.

Playing career[edit]

Taylor was a prominent guard for the USC Trojans football team of the University of Southern California. He was a member of USC's 1925 class and was the school's first All-American football player, but was not recorded in the school's media guide due to "the racism that permeated USC's football field at that time."[2] In the 1950s, Brad Pye Jr. and Deke Houlgate Sr. initiated a campaign to have Taylor's name added to USC's media guide listing of All-Americans, which was ultimately successful.[2]

Taylor's All-American play was made all the more spectacular because he was born without a left hand.

Coaching career[edit]

Taylor was the head coach of the Southern University football team from 1928 to 1931.[3] While at Southern, Taylor began what would become the Bayou Classic against rival Grambling State University,[4] he led the Jaguars to their first undefeated season in 1931.[3][5]

Personal[edit]

Taylor was a descendant of Tecumseh,[6] he became a minister and teacher after college. He also taught tennis, he died in 1974 in Downey, California. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard J. Shmelter. The USC Trojans Football Encyclopedia. p. 235. 
  2. ^ a b Pleasant, Betty (February 11, 2004). "Brad Pye Jr. fought for racial equality on the fields of sport". WAVE Community Newspapers. Retrieved February 24, 2016 – via ZoomInfo. 
  3. ^ a b Thomas Aiello, [1], Bayou Classic: The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry, Globe Pequot, Sep 1, 2007, accessed January 29, 2013.
  4. ^ Ken Rappoport & Barry Wilner, [2], Football Feuds: The Greatest College Football Rivalries, Globe Pequot, Sep 1, 2007, accessed January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Southern Yearly Results Archived 2013-11-12 at the Wayback Machine., College Football Data Warehouse, accessed January 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Don Yaeger. Turning of the Tide. p. 31.