BREAKING: Taylor transferring to North Carolina

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Noah Taylor strikes a pose after a first-quarter quarterback sack against Virginia Tech in 2019 (Photo by John Markon).

One of the top returning defensive players for Virginia, linebacker Noah Taylor, has committed to play for North Carolina.

Taylor, a senior with a year of eligibility remaining, made the announcement on his Twitter account Monday afternoon.

In three seasons at Virginia, Taylor posted 169 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and three interceptions. He served in a hybrid role for Bronco Mendenhall’s defense, rushed the passer 530 times in his career and dropped into pass coverage on 513 snaps.

He owns an 86.3 coverage grade for his UVA career and 73.9 pass rush grade. He missed only three tackles in 70 attempts this past season, one of the few bright spots on the Cavaliers defense.



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