Junior tailback who figures to add depth to the tailback position again this year... hard-nosed player who will help again on special teams... coaches have confidence in his ability... has rushed for 104 yards in his career, including a 101-yard rushing game against Florida Atlantic in the 2006 season in his lone career start.
2007: Saw action in all 12 games... used primarily as a special teams performer... saw action on offense in just one game - South Carolina State... carried two times for five yards in that contest... named the Most Improved Running Back following the spring drills.
2006: Played in all 12 regular-season games, primarily on special teams... did not appear in the Liberty Bowl game against Houston... injured his left thigh during early fall camp which limited his practice time during two-a-days... made his first career start and his first appearance at tailback against Florida Atlantic... responded with 101 yards rushing on 15 carries, including a 44-yard burst, which at the time was the longest run by a Carolina back since the 2004 season... only other carries came in mop-up duty against Middle Tennessee... a bruised shoulder kept him sidelined for much of the spring of 2006.
2005: Saw brief action in the Georgia game... suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for much of the remainder of the fall.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash., in 2005... played for Coach Cale Piland... rolled up 4,000 all-purpose yards and 57 touchdowns during his prep career... named the Class 4A Player of the Year in the state of Washington and the Seattle Times Class AAAA State MVP after rushing for 2,013 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior... carried the ball 28 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the 2004 state championship game to rally his school from a 14-0 deficit and lead them to the state title... as a junior, ran for 1,300 yards on 143 carries, scoring 18 TDs, earning all-area and all-league honors... rated the eighth-best player in the state of Washington by SuperPrep... rated the 44th-best safety in the country by Rivals.com... named to the All-West Team and rated the 74th-best player in the west by Tom Lemming... Georgia native who moved to Washington his sophomore year.
PERSONAL: Joseph Taylor Rank was born July 15, 1987... interested in a degree in economics.