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FSU football’s Levonta Taylor omitted from 2018 Thorpe Award Watch List

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An intriguing exclusion.

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If there’s one thing watch lists prove, it’s that you don’t have to actually watch football to write one. The Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football, released its initial watch list today, and noticeably absent from the list of 35 DBs is the name of Florida State cornerback Levonta Taylor, whose star is most certainly on the rise following a promising 2017 campaign.

Here’s the entire watch list, which does not include any Seminoles.

Dravon Askew-Henry, Sr. West Virginia

DeAndre Baker, Sr. Georgia

Kris Boyd, Sr. Texas

Blace Brown, Sr. Troy

Kyron Brown, Sr. Akron

T.J. Carter, So. Memphis

Justin Clifton, Sr. Arkansas State

Lukas Denis, Sr. Boston College

D’Cota Dixon, Sr. Wisconsin

David Dowell, Jr. Michigan State

Clifton Duck, Jr. Appalachian State

Mike Edwards, Sr. Kentucky

Jordan Fuller, Jr. Ohio State

Kyle Gibson, Sr. Central Florida

Mark Gilbert, Jr. Duke

Malik Grant, Jr. Marshall

Lavert Hill, Jr. Michigan

Javon Hagan, Jr. Ohio

Tyler Horton, Sr. Boise State

Michael Jackson, Sr. Miami-FL

Jah’Shawn Johnson, Sr. Texas Tech

Jaquan Johnson, Sr. Miami-FL

Shelton Lewis, Sr. Florida Atlantic

Julian Love, Jr. Notre Dame

Iman Marshall, Sr. USC

Byron Murphy, So. Washington

Kekoa Nawahine, Jr. Boise State

Delvon Randall, Sr. Temple

Taylor Rapp, Jr. Washington

J.R. Reed, Jr. Georgia

Amik Robertson, So. Louisiana Tech

Marvell Tell III, Sr. USC

Greedy Williams, So. LSU

Andrew Wingard, Sr. Wyoming

Jalen Young, Sr. Florida Atlantic

Also released today was the Butkus Award Watch List, given each year to the country’s premier linebacker. That list is also absent any ’Noles— although that’s far less surprising.