Javien Elliot is a redshirt senior defensive back from Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida. Elliot walked on during his first four years at Florida State, and played mostly on the scout team. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher knew he had a little more than a Scout team player the first few times that he saw him practice.
“He started covering our guys and I’m thinking, ‘Are our guys not running? What’s going on?’ And he competing very hard,” Fisher said. “We tell the [scout team] guys, ‘Give us a game look, work them hard. Don’t just give into them. Make those guys better.’ And he did it. He was running right with them, contesting balls and throws.”
Elliot earned a scholarship before the 2015 season started, and saw playing time early on the special teams units. Against Louisville, he got his first real playing time and he made the most of it getting the first interception of his career. Elliot has started every game at the star position since his breakout game against Louisville, and has been one of the biggest playmakers in the secondary.
Through 10 games Elliot has 25 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 passes defended, and 2 forced fumbles. His story is one of the best in college football, and he has been nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the nation's best player who started his career as a walk-on. He certainly deserves to be considered.