Brandon Taylor Per the Times-Picayune: 18 AGAIN: Safety Brandon Taylor is happy to be back on the field after missing the last four games, including the Cotton Bowl, with a lisfranc injury to his right foot. Waiting for him in his locker was a new jersey, the coveted No. 18. Matt Mauck, Jacob Hester, Richard Dickson and Richard Murphy have all worn the jersey as a tradition, emblematic of a player who displays courage and character. Taylor traded in his No. 15 and becomes the first defensive player in the lineage. "When I was getting treatment, (trainers) Jack (Marucci) and Andy (Barker) called me into the office and said they put me in the running to get 18, and asked me if I'd wear it," Taylor recalled. "I told them I would. That's an honor to me. I'll be the first defensive player to wear it." Oddly enough, Mauck had the same lisfranc injury, and Taylor has already shown he deserves the jersey by rebounding faster than expected. "They put two screws instead of one; it made the healing process easier," he said. "It surprised me. I wasn't supposed to be off crutches until eight weeks, and I was off in three. I wasn't supposed to walk (without the boot) until after three months, and I was running." Taylor will wear a green jersey throughout spring, signifying no contact work for him. But he said it doesn't matter, because he is just happy to be off the sidelines. "That's bad on the nerves," he said. "It feels good to be running and sweating again. It's just that my ankle is weak. I've got to build this leg back up. My takeoff is kind of slow. Once I get rolling, I feel good."