At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Colorado's Davion Taylor is impressive as he glides across the track and cruises past the finish line.

It's not common to see a man of Taylor's size complete a 100-meter sprint in 10.74 seconds, and yet after his run on Saturday in the CU Invitational at Potts Field, he was hardly satisfied.

"I'm still kind of disappointed, because I wanted to run a 10.6 today," said Taylor, whose time was a season-best. "My goal (this season) is to run a 10.4, 10.3, but I really see what I need to work on. My reaction from a block start was bad. As soon as I started, I felt it. I need to work on it and I need to work on my finishing, too, but in between I think is perfect. I just need to fix the little things."

If Taylor is feeling some rust on the track, it's certainly understandable.

In his first semester at CU, Taylor is here on a football scholarship, and the transfer from Coahoma (Miss.) Community College is expected to play a key role on the Buffaloes' defense next season. He's projected as a potential starter at "Buff" back, a safety/outside linebacker hybrid, and completed his first spring with the football team just two weeks ago.

"I'm not in track shape at all," Taylor said after Saturday's race, his third of the season. "There's a big difference between football shape and track shape. The first day of track practice, it was hard for me. Now, I'm finally getting back in shape. I still have a long way to go, but by Pac-12 Conference (championships in May), I should be ready to go."


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As a senior at South Pike (Miss.) High School in 2016, Taylor won state titles in the 100 meters and triple jump, while also finishing third in the long jump.

A year ago, at the National Junior College Athletic Association championships, he was 13th in the 100 meters with a time of 10.64 seconds. He ran a personal-best 10.63 earlier in the season.

"I've been running track most of my life," he said. "I love to work out and I love to run."

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In addition to the 100 meters, he has competed in one 400-meter relay with the Buffs and he said he could be adding the 200 meters to his schedule.

This spring, Taylor has some lofty goals on the track, including a top-10 finish at the Pac-12 championships and qualifying for the nationals.

"When I do a sport, I'm 100 percent in," he said. "I came on a football scholarship, so football is still more important, but since I'm running track right now, track is really on my mind right now. I want to be the best I can be in track."

Of course, he wants to be his best in football, too, and came away from CU's spring practices feeling good about his performance on the gridiron.

"I'm very excited," he said. "There's a long way to go and I still want to get better, but I'm very excited for the fall. I feel like this football team is going to be a great team this year."

One of the top JUCO prospects at outside linebacker in the 2018 class, Taylor said it was an adjustment to learn his role as the Buff back, but he's excited to play the position.

"It's a different stance I have to be in," he said. "It's different adjustments and things I had to do, but I feel like I'm adjusting very well. I still have some little kinks I have to work on, but I just have to get more in the playbook and learn the system like I should and I think I'll be pretty good."

Now that spring football is completed, he's trying to balance the two sports. He finished spring football at 218 pounds, but weighed in at 215 this past week. He said he doesn't want to lose too much weight during the track season, though, because CU's coaches would like to see him play at 225.

"Over the summer is really when I'm trying to focus on my weight," he said.

For now, it's a balance between the two, and Taylor said it helps that CU head football coach Mike MacIntyre and CU assistant track coach Burke Bockman have a good working relationship.

"They're working with me," Taylor said. "I don't run as much for football because I have track practice, but I still lift for football. They're just working around my schedule because I only get 20 hours a week with both sports. They really are working around it and hopefully I can manage my weight at the same time."

Until the summer, however, Taylor will be eyeing his best in the 100 meters.

"If I can get that 10.4 mark, I'll be happy, definitely for my size," he said. "You barely see anybody (my size) running that fast."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.