Tampa Bay High School Football Combine Spotlight: Ashton Taylor

This year marks the 10th Annual Tampa Bay High School Football Combine, presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.  With so many exceptional student-athletes in attendance, we'd like to provide the opportunity to get to know the players a little before they hit the field at this year's combine.


Ashton Taylor, 6'1", 220lbs.

Class of 2017, Center/Nose Tackle/Defensive End, Gibbs High School, FL


Q: "What do you think distinguishes you from every other player in the nation?"

A: "Hard work, determination, passion for the game, football knowledge"

Q: "What do you hope to gain out of your participation in the Tampa Bay High School Football Combine?"

A: "Exposure, footwork, technical skills for all positions played"

Q: "What are your strengths?  What do you need to improve on?"

A: "Technique, strength, speed, and better agility"

Q: "What extracurricular or community involvement activities do you participate in?  What are your hobbies outside of football?"

A: "Lightning Bolt Track Club, AAU Wrestling, 5000 Role Models"

Q: "Which player, if any, do you model your game after or often get compared to by your teammates on the field?"

A: "Robert Quinn, #94, St. Louis Rams"

Q: "How have you evolved over the years as a player?"

A: "I'm still learning my craft, I have become a student of the sport as well as a player."

Q: "What is your proudest moment in football?"

A: "When I got my first QB sack"

Q: "What is your proudest moment off the field?"

A: "When I placed second in the nation in the shot put (AAU Track)"

Q: "What TV show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?"

A: "Scandal"

Q: "Who/what has been the biggest influence on football in your life?  How so?"

A: "Peyton Manning, because of his perseverance to come back and play NFL football"

Q: "What is your favorite movie?"

A: "The Friday Collection"

Q: "Who is your favorite NFL team?"

A: "The Denver Broncos"

Q: "What is your favorite web site?"

A: "NFL.com"

Q: "What is your favorite food?"

A: "Pizza"