Former Reed City standout enjoys success at Michigan Tech



HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech football has been good to Taylor Pelton.

And vice versa.

The former Reed City Coyote standout has enjoyed a solid career with the Huskies who ended their in mid-November at 5-5 with a 34-21 win over Northwood University.

Pelton is a 6-foot-2, 233-pound defensive lineman, who saw action in 10 games and had 21 tackles and two sacks.

Last season, Pelton saw action on the field in eight games for the Huskies and made seven total tackles with four being solos.

It's his fourth year academically at Tech.

"This past year went pretty good," Pelton said. "We've improved a lot. Personally, I've improved quite a bit. I see myself as being a contributor to the team this year, which is very exciting."

Steve Olson is Tech's head coach.

"Taylor has played a little bit of defensive end and a little bit of defensive tackle," Olson said. "He's played a fair amount in every game. He's been a key backup for us for most of the season. He's a key contributor for us on special teams. He's had a good year and has a bright future for us as a defensive lineman.

"He has a real high motor. He pursues the ball and is very aggressive. He has many attributes that's the key for being an outstanding defensive lineman."

Pelton was a squad member in 2017 and redshirted in 2016.

"As a team, I think we've grown a lot this year," Pelton said. "We had a couple of games that didn't quite go our way."

At Reed City, Pelton helped lead the Coyotes, as a linebacker to conference titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a 2014 district crown. He earned All-State, all-conference and dream team honors.

"The biggest challenge of going from high school to college is learning the schemes, and getting a lot more knowledge you need to know in college football," he said. "You learn the program and how they run everything."

Pelton had 379 career tackles at Reed City. At Tech, he is majoring in Construction Management.

The weather is colder in Tech than Reed City, obviously.

"The first year is an eye opener," he said. "Eventually, you just get used to it."

Pelton's excited about next year.

"It will be my fifth year," he said. "We're looking to having a good offseason, coming back and hopefully having a successful year next year."