As a senior, Texans left tackle Duane Brown played at Virginia Tech with Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor in 2007. Taylor, a freshman, entered the season as the No. 2 quarterback.
Brown, a senior at the time, still remembers the game that changed the trajectory of Taylor's collegiate career.
"I think that would be the first game that he played in. which was LSU," Brown said on his radio show Tuesday. "We were getting smashed. It was like 42-0. They just put him. Everybody was like, 'I don't think this is a good idea' because you were not sure if he was going to redshirt or not. So they put him in and he tore it up. Of course we still got our tails kicked but he showed a lot, a lot of ability against a great defense. He went on to have a great year and a great career there."
Taylor led the Hokies on their only touchdown drive of the game, soring on a one-yard run. He rushed for 44 yards on nine carries and completed 7-of-18 for 62 yards. That following Monday, he was named Virginia Tech's starting quarterback.
"I told everyone, as soon as he gets a job somewhere, he's going to turn a lot of heads," Brown said. As soon as I heard he was going to Buffalo, I texted him and was like, 'Congrats, it's a great opportunity for you.' And he's taken it and run with it."
The (6-5) Texans will travel to (5-6) Buffalo in Week 13. Kickoff is set for noon CT on CBS KHOU-11 and SportsRadio 610.