Beaufort High School product Devin Taylor was one of three South Carolina defensive standouts named to preseason watch lists Monday.
Taylor, a 6-foot-8, 267-pound senior defensive end, and sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, were named to the 43rd annual Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.
Both were previously named to the Bronko Nagurski and the Bednarik Watch Lists. Clowney was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches, while Taylor earned second-team accolades.
Senior outside linebacker DeVonte Holloman, a 6-2, 241-pounder from Charlotte, N.C., has been named to the 28th annual Butkus Award Watch List honoring the nation's top linebacker.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is a reference tool for the Selection Committee. It will be periodically revised until the first round of voting is completed.
The first round of voting determines the top 25 quarterfinalists for 2012. The second round of voting will determine seven semifinalists.
The third round of voting will determine four finalists. The fourth and final round of voting will determine the winner, which will be announced live on national television on Dec. 5at The Hobby Center in Houston.
The Butkus watch list contains 51 candidates, honoring the now-retired professional jersey number of Dick Butkus, who is regarded by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history.