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|Taylor Burch continues Forsythe tradition|
Neville senior quarterback Taylor Burch is continuing the tradition of great Tigers quarterbacks that go to the next level, committing last week to play for Louisiana Tech.
The 6-3, 220-pound senior has a cannon arm and can also put up big numbers on the baseball field.
Just as Bubby Brister, Robert Lane and Darrell McNeal before him, Burch walks to halls of quarterback greatness daily.
"It is awesome," Burch said. "With the tradition of guys that have come through Neville, it is real cool.
"Tech was the only one to talk to me about playing both sports," Burch said. "I want to go into physical therapy and got to talk to the guy who is a trainer and a teacher at the school and that was really cool."
Burch is coming off a banner first year as the Neville starting quarterback where he threw for 1,315 yards and 11 touchdowns before an ACL injury cut his season short.
He has been around the Mickey McCarty system for six years.
"He has been a real good player for us all the way back to his days in junior high," McCarty said. "He came in and had a good freshman season. Then got to play a little bit of varsity his sophomore year, then was the starter last year before the injury."
Burch has been a vocal and lead-by-example presence in the Neville locker room this summer as he continues to prepare for the biggest season of his life.
Burch is expected to contend for a spot on the Class 4A All-State team and has proven he can lead the Tigers to another solid season in 2009.
"He knows the offense," McCarty said. "He has shown some real good leadership skills."
Burch will be tested more this season than at any other time because of a brutal non-district schedule that includes Ouachita, West Monroe and Marshall, Texas. All three programs were 5A playoff participants last season.
"He is ahead of where I thought he would be after the injury," McCarty said. "He just needs to get out there and take some hits and see that he is going to be O.K."
Burch fell in love with Louisiana Tech from the beginning as they offered him right up front and stayed with him through the injury rehab process.
He visited Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU before making his pledge to the Bulldogs.
Burch will see where he can play and what suits him best before deciding which sport to stick with when arriving in Ruston next fall.
"I think it was important for him to get the decision out of the way," McCarty said. "Now he can focus on his senior year and playing football."