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13 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Chabastin Taylor

In which BracketCat counts down the 13th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Chabastin Taylor.

#13 Chabastin Taylor
Weirdly enough for those who have been critical of his consistency in the past, Chabastin Taylor (13) actually was our most productive wide receiver (on paper) in 2020 with 293 yards and a touchdown (which still trailed Deuce Vaughn and Briley Moore, though). As he recovers in fall camp from a knee injury sustained at the end of that disaster of a season, we shall see if that continues.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

Goal No. 13: EXPECT TO WIN. And truly believe we will.

#13 Chabastin Taylor

Redshirt Senior | 6-4 | 220 lbs. | Giddings, Texas
Chabastin Taylor
Chabastin Taylor
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Chabastin Edward Taylor (b. Sept. 14, 1998) is a big, physical wide receiver who used the 2017 season to redshirt, learn the offense and develop. He enters 2021 battling to retain a starting position as he recovers from a knee injury sustained late in the 2020 season.

Taylor entered 2018 in the mix for playing time as a redshirt freshman after a spectacular spring game, but ended up being underutilized.

He caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alex Delton to start the scoring and followed that up with a 45-yard touchdown from Hunter Hall, both as a starter for the White team.

In all, Taylor tallied five catches for 118 yards to lead all receivers by a wide margin.

Ultimately, he played in five games in 2018, hauling in three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown, most of that against Iowa State in an otherwise disappointing game. He caught two passes for 17 yards, which included a 9-yard touchdown reception, in that contest.

Under the new coaching staff, Taylor played in all 13 games in 2019, with starts against Texas and Iowa State; set a career high with 74 yards at Texas Tech, a game that featured a 48-yard touchdown to help put the game away; and registered a career-high four catches against Bowling Green.

He then started nine games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and played in all 10 contests, proving to be our most consistent receiver (which wasn’t saying very much...).

Taylor totaled 293 yards and one touchdown on 19 catches last year, while he rushed one time for 20 yards. He tied his career high with four catches against Arkansas State and Kansas, while he had a career-high 98 receiving yards in the season opener.

Taylor also scored a critical two-point conversion on a jet sweep at TCU. He graduated in December 2020 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology.

The lone wide receiver signee in the class of 2017, Taylor also had offers from Baylor, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and North Texas, as well as interest from Houston and UTSA.

He prepped under coach Chris Jones for Giddings High School, where he was a two-time all-district honoree, including his senior season, when he was named Offensive MVP of District 10-4A and member of the All-Midlands Region team by PrepStar.

Taylor hauled in 42 passes for 815 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Buffaloes in his junior and senior years, while also rushing for 945 yards on 122 carries and another 14 scores.

He also played quarterback in high school, completing 29 of 57 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns during the final two years of his prep career.

Taylor participated in track, earning district championships in the 4x200 relay as a junior and senior, as well as the 200-meter dash as a senior.