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Taquan Mizzell

195 lbs.
Virginia Beach, Va.
High School
Taquan Mizzell - Football - Virginia Cavaliers

Only player in ACC history with 1,500+ career rushing and 1,500+ career receiving yards … concludes career No. 16 all-time at UVA with 2,075 rushing yards and No. 12 all-time at UVA with 1,560 receiving yards … concludes career No. 2 all-time at UVA with 195 receptions, which also is the most all-time in ACC history by a running back … concludes career tied for No. 18 all-time in ACC history with 195 receptions … concludes career No. 7 all-time at UVA with 4,318 all-purpose yards … caught at least one pass in 45-straight games to end his career, failing only to notch a reception in his collegiate debut against BYU on Aug. 31, 2013.

– All-ACC honorable mention … Maxwell preseason watch list … Biletnikoff preseason watch list … Doak Walker preseason watch list … Athlon Sports preseason third-team All-ACC. 2015 – All-ACC third-team … All-ACC Coaches third-team … Athlon Sports preseason third-team All-ACC.

– Has appeared in all 12 of UVA’s games with 11 starts … one of four players in the nation to lead his team in rushing yards (940) and receptions (52) … caught four passes for 24 yards against Richmond in the season opener … returned two kicks for 32 yards against the Spiders … rushed 10 times for 48 yards and a touchdown at then-No. 24 Oregon … also caught two passes for 11 yards against the Ducks … rushed 11 times for 66 yards at UConn … made six catches for 40 yards against the Huskies … rushed 10 times for 79 yards and one score against Central Michigan … also caught six passes for 89 yards and one touchdown against CMU … rushed 14 times for 60 yards at Duke … also caught three passes to pass Kris Burd (162) into the No. 2 slot all-time at UVA in career receptions … rushed 12 times for 95 yards and one touchdown against Pitt … scored on a 44-yard scamper against the Panthers … caught three passes for 15 yards against Pitt … rushed for a season-high 106 yards and one touchdown on 19 rushes against then-No. 22 North Carolina … also caught seven passes for 25 yards against the Tar Heels … rushed 20 times for 66 yards against then-No. 5 Louisville … caught five passes for 44 yards against the Cardinals, pushing him over 1,400 career receiving yards and becoming the first Cavalier with at least 1,400 career rushing and 1,400 career receiving yards … rushed 16 times for 80 yards at Wake Forest … also caught six passes for 79 yards and a 45-yard touchdown against the Demon Deacons … with three catches for 27 receiving yards against Miami became the first player in ACC history with 1,500 career rushing yards and 1,500 career receiving yards … rushed 22 times for 89 yards and one touchdown against the Hurricanes … rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games for the first time in his career at Georgia Tech (131) and Virginia Tech (113) … caught six passes at Georgia Tech and one against the Hokies. 2015 – Started 11 of UVA’s 12 games … broke the ACC record for receiving yards in a season by a running back with 721 … his 75 receptions rank No. 2 all-time in ACC history for catches by a running back, just one off the record by Boston College’s Andrew Callender in 2007 … his 75 receptions also rank No. 2 all-time in UVA history for catches in a season, trailing only Billy McMullen’s 83 receptions in 2001 … finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC with 1,488 all-purpose yards, No. 3 in the ACC with 75 receptions and No. 5 with 721 receiving yards … led UVA with 671 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns … also scored four times via the pass … became the third-fastest Cavalier to 100 career receptions, reaching the mileston in 28 games … tied with former Cavaliers Billy McMullen and Kevin Ogletree on the school ledger of fastest to 100 career catches … became only the fifth Cavalier to reach 1,000 career yards in both rushing and receiving … joins Frank Quayle (1966-68), Terry Kirby (1989-92), Alvin Pearman (2001-04) and Perry Jones (2009-12) … made first career start at No. 13 UCLA and led all players with eight catches and 100 receiving yards … rushed for 66 yards against No. 9 Notre Dame … caught five balls for 123 yards and one touchdown against William & Mary … had 202 all-purpose yards against Tribe … caught a 45-yard touchdown pass against Boise State … rushed seven times for 39 yards at Pitt … made three catches for 48 yards against the Panthers … rushed 13 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse … had a 13-yard rushing score in the second overtime against the Orange … also caught 10 balls for 69 yards against Syracuse … his seventh catch against the Orange made him the 19th Cavalier to reach 100 career catches … recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game with 117 on 24 carries at North Carolina … also collected six receptions for 57 yards against the Tar Heels … led UVA with 75 rushing yards on 14 carries against Georgia Tech … also caught five passes for 33 yards against the Yellow Jackets … rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries at Miami, becoming the 42nd Cavalier to reach 1,000-career rushing yards … led UVA with eight receptions against the Hurricanes … caught nine balls for 89 yards at Louisville … scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving score in an eight-point win over Duke … caught five passes for 43 yards and rushed 17 times for 61 yards against the Blue Devils … caught seven balls for 50 yards against Virginia Tech in the season finale … rushed for 26 yards against the Hokies. 2014 – Appeared in all 12 of UVA’s games … rushed 64 times for 280 yards and two touchdowns … was No. 2 on the team with 39 receptions for 271 yards … had nine kickoff returns for 208 yards and a 23.1 yards per return average … carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards and made six catches in the season opener against No. 7 UCLA … led UVA with five catches against Richmond … rushed seven times for 16 yards and a touchdown against the Spiders … also returned two kicks for 70 yards against Richmond … rushed for 40 yards on five carriers against No. 21 Louisville … also caught three passes against the Cardinals … rushed the ball eight times for 17 yards at No. 21 BYU … added two catches for 10 yards … had 61 rushing yards and a touchdown in a home win over Kent State … rushed three times for nine yards and had two receptions against Pitt … had 21 rushing yards to go along with 19 receiving yards at Duke … rushed eight times for 55 yards against Miami … had four catches for 33 yards at Georgia Tech … recorded four receptions for 74 yards at Virginia Tech. 2013 – Appeared in 10 of UVA’s 12 games … missed the VMI and Pitt games with a lower extremity injury … one of 12 UVA true freshmen to see time … earned his first letter … made collegiate debut against BYU and returned the season’s opening kickoff 25 yards on his first career touch … one of only two true freshmen to make debut for UVA against the Cougars … rushed 45 times for 184 yards and a touchdown … caught 29 passes for 164 yards and a score … returned 21 kicks for 347 yards … collected 695 all-purpose yards in his rookie campaign … rushed seven times for 16 yards in collegiate debut against BYU … rushed six times for a career-high 52 yards against Duke … rushed for 33 yards and his first career rushing touchdown at Miami … also caught six passes for 45 yards and his first career receiving touchdown against the Hurricanes … notched a career-high 142 all-purpose yards at North Carolina, including 108 kickoff return yards … had a career-long 36-yard rush against Duke.

Played running back at Bayside High School for head coach Darnell Moore … a five-star player by … the first five-star recruit to come to UVA since current Jacksonville Jaguar Eugene Monroe in 2005 … a Parade All-American honorable mention honoree … ranked the No. 29 player in the nation by and the No. 5 running back in the class … a ESPNU Top 150 prospect, ranking in at No. 78 … ranked by as the No. 9 running back in the nation … a four-star recruit by, and 247sports … ranked the No. 3 player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times … ranked as the No. 6 recruit in Virginia according to the 2013 Daily Press Fab 15 … a Lemming Top Player for as the No. 4 running back prospect in the nation … ranked the No. 51 prospect in the nation by … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … had a 72-yard kickoff return that set up the game-winning score as the East beat the West, 15-8, in the U.S. All-American Bowl which was played in the Alamodome in San Antonio … also played in the Chesapeake Bowl and rushed for one touchdown … All-Tidewater first-team honoree … All-Beach District first-team honoree at running back and kick returner … finished senior season with 1,231 yards rushing with 31 touchdowns … accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards … led Beach District in rushing … added five receiving touchdowns and returned two punts and one kickoff for scores … finished high school career with 416 regular-season points, which ranks No. 2 all-time in South Hampton Roads history … collected more than 3,500 career rushing yards … All-Beach District first-team running back and kick returner … All-Tidewater first-team honoree … VHSL Group AAA All-State second team honoree … rushed for 1,198 yards and 23 touchdowns as junior in 2011 … played high school football with current Virginia cornerback Demetrious Nicholson and safety Quin Blanding … nickname is Smoke … name is pronounced Tay-Qwan MY-ZELL.