THE NEXT LEVEL With Taylor Bean
August 15, 2009
- Taylor Bean
- 6’1″ 193 lbs
- University of Washington (Sophomore)
- Skyview (Class of 2007)
- Varsity Letterman
- 1st Team GSHL All-League
- 1st Team All-Region (The Columbian)
- Senior Class Student Athlete Of The Year
What was your favorite TV show in high school?
Taylor – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?
Taylor – Going undefeated in league my senior year and making it all the way to the state quarterfinals was a feat that our school had never done before and that made it my most memorable moment.
Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?
Taylor – No, I was never really superstitious I just liked to relax and have fun.
Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?
Taylor – My father, Gregory Bean, and my friend Trey Foote. Both passed away of cancer my senior year in high school and the way they fought their disease was inspiration to me.
How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position other than quarterback, what would have it been?
Believe it or not I started off as an offensive guard and nose tackle playing for CCYF
Taylor – Well believe it or not I started off as an offensive guard and nose tackle playing for CCYF when I was in the third grade but as I got older and started to mature I played Outside linebacker and Quarterback in high school. So other than quarterback, I loved playing defense and hitting the other team because they didn’t expect a “quarterback” to be able to hit.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Taylor – Kanye West
Compare your relationship with your high school teammates to that of your college teammates. Assuming that you grew up with most of your high school teammates for years prior to playing together with them, and your college teammates came from all over the country.
Taylor – It takes some getting used to when you meet new people in college but I am pretty outgoing and I found it fairly easy to gain friends amongst my teammates. We spend a lot of time together both on and off the field with summer camp and classes so I feel like I have become very close with my teammates.
What was Jake Locker like as a mentor after he broke his hand?
Taylor – Jake is a great guy both on and off the field. He was nothing but positive and helped give me advice on how to keep my poise and compete. I couldn’t have asked him for anything more than what he gave because he is such a competitor and he wants his team to play at their best regardless of if he is playing or not.
Explain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?
Taylor – I was looked at by a few division III schools such as Linfield College, Lewis and Clark, and Menlo but I just didn’t feel like the smaller schools had the academics I was looking for. When I got the opportunity to walk on at the University of Washington I jumped at it and haven’t regretted my decision.
What is your favorite TV show now?
Taylor – Sportscenter
Do you have an iPhone?
Taylor – Haha, I actually did until it got stolen so for now I am sticking with a go phone until I get my next upgrade
What was your most embarrassing moment playing high school football?
Taylor – My most embarrassing moment in high school football was probably my freshmen year when I got hit so hard right under the chin that I couldn’t speak. Our running back had to call all of the plays in the huddle and bark the snap count.
What was your most memorable moment (so far) playing college football?
scoring a touchdown against the University of California
Taylor – Definitely scoring a touchdown against the University of California (Berkeley) and getting the opportunity to play at the D-I level.
Xbox, PS3, or Wii? What is your favorite game?
Taylor – None of the above. My favorite game is Super Smash brothers or Mario Kart for Nintendo 64. I like to keep it old school.
Explain a typical week during football season with class, practice, game, other time.
Taylor – Class every day from 8:30-1:20 and then meetings from about 2:00-3:30 followed by a practice that last until about 6:00. Fridays we have walk through and then we stay at a hotel that night before the game and Saturday is game time.
What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?
Taylor – To get in the weight room and develop their bodies. Not only does it help you get bigger, stronger, and faster but it also prevents injuries and helps you keep healthy throughout the season.
Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?
Taylor – NCAA because of the speed of the game and game play. Plus it’s a bonus to play as your school and see your teammates out there.
Who influenced you the most as a college football player?
Taylor – I feel that I have been most inspired by my father Greg Bean, and I feel that I am blessed to have an opportunity to play in college so I am just working hard to keep my dream and passion of college football alive and kicking.
How much college football do you get to watch during the season? (not counting film sessions)
Taylor – Not as much as I would like but I am pretty focused on our games on Saturdays so it doesn’t bug me too much.