Notes: Taylor demoted but eligible to play

Senior starting defensive back Levonta Taylor, who is not listed on Florida State’s two-deep depth chart, is eligible to play on Saturday against ULM, coach Willie Taggart said on Thursday morning.

Taylor made eight starts in 2018 before a back injury ended his season. He also started FSU’s opener against Boise State, making five tackles and recording two quarterback hurries.

But Taylor was not listed on FSU’s two-deep depth chart on Wednesday. Cyrus Fagan is listed as the starter and Akeem Dent the backup at strong safety.

“It sends a message that you’ve got to take care of your business,” Taggart said. “Plain and simple.”

Jay likely out vs. ULM

Freshman defensive back Travis Jay was on the FSU sideline in street clothes for the opener. Taggart said Jay’s status is the “same as it was last week.” That would likely indicate that Jay will not play against ULM.

Anthony Grant’s status

Taggart said that tailback Anthony Grant is “taking care of some personal matters.” Grant’s status for the ULM game is uncertain at this time.

Grant did not earn a carry in FSU’s season opener. He was not listed as having played against Boise State on FSU’s official participation chart, and Grant was not seen during the media’s open practice window on Tuesday.

Minshew’s rehabilitation

Guard Cole Minshew is working to rehabilitate from injury. Minshew played in eight games (starting seven) for FSU in 2018. Minshew had neck surgery, Taggart said in April.

“He’s rehabbing and getting himself in condition,” Taggart said. “We don’t necessarily have a certain time where we’re going to reevaluate him to make sure he’s fully healthy to go, but whenever that time is we’ll welcome him back.”

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