One of the greatest placekickers in Wisconsin Badgers history, Taylor Mehlhaff enters his second season as a Pitt graduate assistant working with the Panthers' special teams.
In 2013, Mehlhaff oversaw the development of freshman kicker Chris Blewitt, who led Pitt in scoring with 82 points (14-of-18 field goals and 40-of-41 PATs). Blewitt's point total stands as a Pitt freshman kick-scoring record.
Mehlhaff joined Pitt after spending the 2012 season as a special teams quality control assistant at the University of Tennessee. With the Vols, he worked with kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings who last year led the NFL with a 32.4-yard kickoff return average and set a league record with his 109-yard return against the Green Bay Packers.
A South Dakota native, Mehlhaff was the state Gatorade Player of the Year before going on to an accomplished career at Wisconsin (2004-07), where he totaled 295 points on 50-of-65 field goals (.769) and 145-of-148 extra points (.980). Mehlhaff remains prominent in the UW career record book, ranking second in PAT percentage, third in field goal percentage and fourth in scoring. He was a two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist.
As a senior in 2007, Mehlhaff was a first team All-American after converting 84% of his field goals (21 of 25). He was twice selected All-Big Ten and earned Wisconsin's Special Teams Player of the Year honor as a junior and senior.
Mehlhaff helped the Badgers to a four-year record of 40-11 (.784), making him a member of the winningest senior class in school history. That record included the 2006 season when Wisconsin went 12-1 and finished with a No. 5 ranking after beating Arkansas, 17-14, in the Capital One Bowl.
Mehlhaff was a sixth-round selection of New Orleans in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played one season with the Saints before signing a futures contract with the Minnesota Vikings for 2009. Mehlhaff played for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL) in 2010.
A 2008 graduate of Wisconsin with a degree in business management, he founded Taylor Mehlhaff Kicking LLC, which provides kicking, punting and snapping instruction. This past year he published the e-book Kicking for Success. Mehlhaff married his wife, Ashlyn, in May 2014.
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