Taylor's job is a little different this year compared to last. In 2011, he was the Herd's starting rush end. His primary focus wasn't making a beeline into the backfield. There were different responsibilities in the passing game. While Curry stalked the quarterback, Taylor dropped into coverage.
"Rush is really hectic," he said. "You've got to worry about covering the flat or covering the curl. The defensive end position, you're just straight up the field or going to the 'A' gap. I get to go full throttle, just blowing stuff up."
Defensive line coach J.C. Price isn't worried about Taylor developing into an effective pass rusher. The way he has practiced this August, Price thinks he could be on his way to emulating Curry when it comes to the trophy case.
"He's had a great camp overall, taking the next step toward being an all-conference-type player," Price said. "I think his leadership skills ... he's a lot more vocal than he was in the spring and I think that comes from being more sure of what he's doing.
"J.T., you know what you're going to get every day," he added. "That's what I like about him the most. You get the same thing every day and that's all you can ask for."
Still, Taylor has some very large shoes to fill, and Curry won't be there to dominate the opposition's focus. Yet while the Herd breaks in a new starter at rush end - Alex Bazzie and Ra'Shawde Myers are battling for that spot - Taylor said the pursuit of the quarterback won't fall onto just one man's shoulders.
"I just feel like there's four guys out here rushing the passer," he said. "There's not just one guy. We all have to come out here and work. The plan was made. We all have to come out here and rush the passer together so it's not all put on that one person. I feel like I'll be able to step up into that role and do what I've got to do."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.