“Zane is very deserving of the honor,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “It’s a credit to him and how he’s played.”
Whittingham noted that Taylor was temporarily moved to the right guard spot during spring camp, but later settled back into the center position, where he has now started for two full seasons.
“You can always depend on him. He’s willing to do what’s best for the team,” Whittingham said. “He has kept improving every year, and I look forward to him making first team all-conference next year.”
In the regular season Taylor let the Utes in cuts (33) and ranked second in pancake blocks (16). He snapped the ball 810 times and had no penalties.
The Utes finished their regular season with a 9-3 overall record (third place in the MWC) and will play the University of California Golden Bears (8-4) in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23.