Taylor Focused on Football, Not NIL

The three biggest letters in college football this offseason aren’t SEC, they’re NIL. Across the county student athletes are finally cashing in on their name, image and likeness thanks to numerous new state laws and a relaxation of restrictions from the NCAA. But Tennessee senior cornerback Alontae Taylor, a Coffee County alum, isn’t one of them. Taylor told the media assembled at SEC Media Days in Hoover, AL he’s turned down several NIL opportunities as his focus remains on success on the football field.

 “I actually haven’t tapped into Name, Image and Likeness a lot,” he said. “Right now, my focus is camp, and my focus is getting ready for the season. I know it’s kind of late, me being a senior I kind of look at it as kind of late down the road for me, so I actually haven’t tapped into the NIL very much. Do I plan on that? I don’t have an answer for that, but right now my focus is camp and this team and just making sure we are what we need to be.”

However, that doesn’t mean he’s discouraging his teammates from getting in on the action.   

“I’m really excited for those guys, and I’ve talked to those guys about making sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, make sure you’re checking in all the things you’re supposed to, checking all the boxes that need to be checked so that you don’t run into any problems later on down the road.”

In addition to focusing on preparing for his senior season Taylor also remains busy with various non-NIL off field endeavors. He’s a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and is part of both Tennessee’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the SEC Football Leadership Council, for which he was the vice chair in 2020-21.

Taylor and the Vols open preseason camp August 4th and kick off the season September 2nd vs Bowling Green. You can hear Tennessee football LIVE all season long on The Rooster 101.5!

Will Rabb

Will Rabb

Will is a Middle Tennessee native having been born and raised in Winchester. His love of radio began as a child listening to local stations on the way to school or while falling asleep at night. After High School, where he was active in student media, he attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media while covering sports for the campus radio station. He then moved into the business professionally as a board op/producer for Cumulus of Knoxville and the Vol Network. His radio journey then took him to Louisiana where he was the lead producer for ESPN New Orleans. After returning home to Winchester, he spent several years broadcasting local sports for stations in Franklin County before joining the Bowman Family. When he’s not at the station, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Shaina and his two fur babies (Toulouse and Belle), cheering on the Vols, Preds and Saints and in the kitchen or behind the grill trying out new recipes.

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