Unlike Walker, Taylor never won the Heisman Trophy, but he did win back-to-back Doak Walker Awards in 2018 and 2019. Taylor is one of three running backs to ever win two Doak Walker Awards, with the others being Ricky Williams and Darren McFadden.Taylor was less than 1,000 yards away from becoming the all-time leading rusher in college football history when he decided to move on to the NFL after the 2020 Rose Bowl. Former Badger Ron Dayne rushed for 7,125 yards in four years at Wisconsin and Taylor would have easily broken that mark (barring injury) had he returned for his senior year.
Taylor showed his versatility his junior year at Wisconsin, as he caught 26 passes, which was 10 more than his freshman and sophomore year combined, for 252 yards and five scores.
That versatility and the blazing speed of Taylor were apparent at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. NFL Scout Chris Landry was very impressed.