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Dain Taylor
Position: Defensive Line Coach
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Alma Mater: Drake
Graduating Year: 2010
Phone: 515-271-3011
Email: dain.taylor@drake.edu

Former Drake All-America defensive end Dain Taylor was named defensive line coach for the Bulldogs on May 15, 2012 and is in his second year on the staff at his alma mater.

In his first season assisting with the Bulldogs’ defensive line, the defense picked up 28 sacks and 66 tackles for loss with two lineman collecting all-PFL honors.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Drake and completing a stellar 2010 senior season, Taylor signed with the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze as a free agent on Sept. 26, 2011. He blocked a kick in his first game on March 10, 2012 against San Antonio and played a game in Des Moines against the Iowa Barnstormers on March 17.

The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native ended his collegiate career in 2010 on an impressive note by earning second-team Associated Press FCS All-America, AFCA FCS All-America, first-team All-Pioneer Football League and PFL Defensive Player of the Year. Taylor also was named the Pioneer Football League’s co-Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Dayton where he tallied a career-high 12-tackles, including 3.5 sacks, one safety, and a blocked kick.

Serving as a co-captain his senior year, Taylor recorded 49.5 tackles, including 13.5 sacks (3rd in nation) and 24 tackles for loss (3rd in nation). He also returned one interception for a touchdown, and recorded four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick.

Taylor registered 149.5 career tackles, including 27.5 sacks and 54.5 total tackles for loss. He also posted 12 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and four blocked kicks.