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Former USF Football Running Back Jamar Taylor Dead at Age 33

RIP to the former Lakeland High School great.

West Virginia v South Florida Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images

Some terrible news to report tonight as former South Florida Bulls running back Jamar Taylor died on Tuesday. He was 33.

Taylor was hospitalized late last week. It’s unknown right now what happened.

The former Lakeland Dreadnaught came to USF in 2007 after initially signing with Alabama out of high school, but was granted immediate eligibility and played an important role for the Bulls during that 2007 season.

Along with Mike Ford, and Ben Williams, Taylor helped pave the way on the ground for the Bulls during their improbable run to No. 2 in nation. Taylor scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown in the West Virginia game.

He finished his freshman season with 47 carries, 147 yards, and two scores.

In 2008, he had his most productive season, rushing 62 times for 300 yards, and three scores. He rushed for a career-high 72 yards and a score in USF’s upset win over Kansas.

Injuries, and Carl Franks’ handing out rushing attempts like candy hampered any bigger role Taylor could’ve carved out at USF.

Our thoughts are with Jamar’s family and friends tonight.