Maria Taylor is in her sixth season as a host analyst & reporter. In the fall of 2017 Taylor will enter a new role as co-host on ESPN's College Gameday and sideline reporter for ABC's Saturday Night Football. In 2016, Taylor joined analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum as host of the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show SEC Nation. Taylor was also tabbed to host ESPN's NCAA Women's Basketball tournament selection show and coverage of the Final Four as well as report on Saturday Night Prime Men's Basketball. In addition to her hosting and reporting duties, she is an analyst on other SEC and ESPN telecasts of NCAA Volleyball. Prior to 2016, Maria served as a college football reporter on SEC Network Saturday Primetime broadcasts and anchored the network's nightly news and information show SEC Now.
In 2013, she was the sideline reporter on ESPN2’s Saturday night Primetime college football games. Taylor covered 2 consecutive BCS Orange Bowls. Additionally, she has been an analyst on NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show and also ESPN’s coverage of both the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Volleyball National Championship.
Prior to 2012, Taylor was a reporter and host for IMG College at the University of Georgia for three years. She also appeared on various Comcast Sports South studio shows including the Dawg Report, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and SportsNite.
Taylor attended the University of Georgia where she played volleyball and basketball for the Bulldogs. She was named to the All-SEC volleyball team three times and was also a member of the USA A2 National Volleyball team. She graduated from Georgia in 2009 with a degree in broadcast news. She returned to the University of Georgia to pursue her Masters of Business Administration which she completed in May 2013. Maria is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia.
In 2015, Maria Co-Founded a non-profit organization called The Winning Edge Leadership Academy. The mission of the Winning Edge is to educate, foster professional mentoring relationships, provide networking opportunities and enrichment scholarships to ethnic minorities and women who are seeking careers in the sports industry. Since 2015, the academy has helped 16 students work towards job or internship placement and provided mentoring and funding for professional enrichment trips. To Learn more or get involved visit: http://www.winningedgeleadership.org/
Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich takes ESPN's Maria Taylor to an Ann Arbor destination spot, Benny's Family Dining, to enjoy breakfast and talk Wolverine football. Winovich explains what motivated him to become a star on Michigan's defensive line, shares his relationship with Conor McGregor and what it's been like to travel the world with his coaches and teammates.
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray spends some time with ESPN's Maria Taylor, talking about what it's like to be a multi-sport athlete and to leave the spotlight for a couple of years while Baker Mayfield took center stage.
Penn State star safety Nick Scott shows ESPN's Maria Taylor across campus, talking about his success so far this season and preparing for Ohio State.
Maria Taylor takes a tour of the Oregon Ducks' football facilities from defensive back Ugochukwu Amadi.
TCU's DE Ben Banogu's journey to the top. College GameDay's Maria Taylor spends some time with Defensive Preseason Player of the Year defensive end Ben Banogu and dives into his journey from Louisiana Monroe to a star defensive player at TCU.
Maria Taylor travels to College Station to find out from Texas A&M fullback Cullen Gillaspia what it's like to wear No. 12 and play for the Aggies.
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois sits down with Maria Taylor in the SportsCenter Sunday Conversation to discuss how he plans to bounce back from the patellar tendon injury that his ended his 2017 season, the domestic violence allegations he faced and how new head coach Willie Taggart has helped him become a better leader for the Seminoles' football team.
ESPN's Maria Taylor goes on an all-access tour of the Notre Dame campus with the Fighting Irish's defensive lineman Jerry Tillery and punter Tyler Newsome, learning about the traditions of the school and the different buildings they have where students spend their time during the school year.
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