#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team Halton-Peel Freshman OL Taylor using event as measuring stick

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams and players participating in the big event. 

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Jack Taylor constantly displays a ‘never-say die’ attitude.

“The biggest attribute I bring to the game is determination,” he stated. “No matter what situation my team is in I will always think about how to get my job done on the field no matter the difficulty.”

Taylor loves the one-on-one battles that come with playing on the Offensive Line.

“I play Offensive Tackle because it allows me to face adversity, whether I take on a speedy or more of a physical player, I will always have to think my way through how to best take them on,” elaborated the 6’1, 250-pounder. “My favourite part of the position is the feeling you get when you’re able to hold the point of attack long enough to score whether it’s by a running play or a pass.”

He also understands the correlation between hard work and success, as demonstrated by two of his NFL idols.

“I look up to Rob Gronkowski and JJ Watt because they show me if you work hard consistently then your abilities will be much better come game day,” Taylor mentioned.

At the end of this month, the Burlington Stampeders’ standout will look to shine under the bright lights at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, home of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“I was introduced to OPC by my friends at school and on the field,” he said of his introduction to the showcase. “The process has been really smooth; every practice and try-out is paced well and allows me to compare myself to other linemen as well which is really useful.”

He is using the OPC as a way to gauge where he stands in comparison to players from across the province.

“The main thing I am looking to accomplish is to see how well I fare against players from different regions I don’t normally get to play against,” expressed Taylor. “The game will allow myself to see where I stand against other players from across the province.”

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish star is quick to dismiss any notion of him being rattled by the big stage of the OPC, saying, “I do not think the pressure will affect me at all because to me this is just another game that I can go out and compete in.”

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