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FAU DL Trey Hendrickson ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

At 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds, he also finished No. 2 among DL in the three-cone (4.2) and a 7.03 short shuttle, which would have showed well even in the linebacker group. Earlier in the pre-Draft process, Hendrickson was named the East-West Shrine Game's most outstanding defensive player. Scouts Inc. ranked him as the No. 173 overall prospect in the class coming into the day.
Source: ESPN
Mar 6 - 5:33 PM

ESPN's Mike DiRocco reports that FAU will hire former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive assistant Monte Kiffin to serve as a defensive analyst/NFL liaison.

Like son, like father, as the inverse of the old saying goes. Monte will be joining son Lane at FAU, with the younger Kiffin having accepted the head-coaching gig with the Owls back in December. Pops will not be a part of the on-field staff. The 77-year-old has 29 years of coaching experience under his belt, including 17 as an NFL defensive coordinator.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 3 - 6:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that FAU DL Trey Hendrickson's East-West Shrine Game weight of 255 pounds was in part due to a stomach virus.

Now that Hendrickson has drunk his OJ and taken his vitamin C, it looks like he has begun to put back on healthy weight. Pauline passes along that he is training at 264 pounds, now. The belief is that he has the frame to play at 275 pounds without losing athleticism. As for his athletic chops, Pauline notes that he has been running the 40-yard dash in the low 4.6's and has put forth a vertical jump of more than 37 inches. He is also expected to be able to heft it 25 times (at least) on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. He already impressed during East-West Shrine Game practices (even while battling illness) and further strong work at the Combine could push him into the late Day 3 conversation.
Feb 17 - 7:57 PM

Football Scoop reports that FAU will hire East Mississippi Community College QB coach Clint Trickett to serve as tight end coach.

Nick Saban just can't have nice things anymore. A late January report had Trickett heading to Alabama to assist Saban's cause in a supporting role, but old friend Lane Kiffin has apparently pulled the rug out from under his former coaching mentor. The Odd Couple relationship of our times just keeps on keepin' on, even with Kiffin moving on from Alabama. Trickett played quarterback with West Virginia from 2013-2014, then moved on to coach at the JUCO level.
Feb 17 - 7:18 PM

Florida Atlantic signed three-star JUCO junior WR TE DeAndre McNeal.

The former four-star recruit in the class of 2015 left Texas in August after getting suspended by Charlie Strong. McNeal spent last season at Fullerton Community College in California. He's the No. 75 JUCO player in the class of 2017, per 247Sports. McNeal may start across from Kalib Woods next year.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 3:20 PM

Alabama hired former West Virginia quarterback and current East Mississippi Community College QB coach Clint Trickett.

No word yet on what position he'll be assigned too. Even more so than his collegiate playing career, Trickett is now known for his appearances on season one of Last Chance U while at East Mississippi JUCO. Trickett’s father Rick, a coaching veteran, worked under HC Nick Saban at LSU in 2000.
Source: AL.com
Jan 29 - 10:11 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah singled out FAU DL Trey Hendrickson as one of this week's standouts from East-West Shrine Game practices.

You will have an opportunity to watch Hendrickson strut his stuff in short order, as he will be playing in the East-West Shrine Game at 3 EST Saturday on NFL Network. Jeremiah will certainly be keeping a close eye on the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder, as he noted that Hendrickson "won almost every single rep in the one-on-one periods and he was consistently disruptive in the team portion of practice [during the week]." Jeremiah praises the FAU standout for his ninja-quick hands and his smarts when it comes to rushing the passer. He figures to draw interest as both a linebacker and a defensive lineman over the coming months, with Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline noting that NFL teams are generally not quite sure what his best positional fit at the next level might be.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 2:45 PM

FAU junior LB Azeez Al-Shaair underwent shoulder surgery.

Tough little setback for HC Lane Kiffin as he settles in with the Owls. Al-Shaair needed the shoulder procedure in order to repair an injury which nagged him for much of the 2016 season. His rehab is expected to keep him out of spring practice, but he should be able to rock/roll come the start of August camp. Even despite being less-than-100% for much of the campaign, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was plenty productive. He led FAU with 112 tackles (11.0 for loss) over the course of 12 games played. In addition, Al-Shaair registered two sacks and an interception.
Jan 21 - 1:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that NFL teams are not quite sure what FAU DL Trey Hendrickson's best positional fit is at the next level.

Pauline writes that Hendrickson "has looked really good in the early going at Shrine [Game] practices, but many question where will he line up on Sunday." The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder could be utilized as either a linebacker or defensive lineman. He has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and Pauline notes that he "has been told he will participate with the defensive linemen then do alternate position drill at linebacker." This past season, Hendrickson registered 50 tackles (15.0 for loss), 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played.
Jan 17 - 5:42 PM

FAU athletic director Pat Chun indicated that the school isn't interested in having former Baylor HC Art Briles around the program.

The Owls recently hired former Baylor OC Kendal Briles to serve in the same capacity, but they apparently aren't interested in his famous father. "Kendal Briles is who we’ve hired," Chun said. "There’s nothing to read into that other than the fact that he’s going to be the guy that’s going to be here." FAU had a conversation with NCAA regulators about Kendal Briles' standing and came away confident enough to hire him. "We’ve gone through everything with the NCAA that was going on at Baylor," Chun said. "We’re happy he’s here. We’re excited for him to get a fresh start here." Even slightly down, Kendal Briles’ Baylor offense was a top-10 finisher in both scoring and total offense this season.
Source: Owl Access
Jan 4 - 4:41 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin indicated that he was somewhat overwhelmed trying to balance his new head-coaching duties and his duties as Alabama offensive coordinator.

Kiffin had initially been expected to coach through Alabama's Playoff run before heading off to FAU in full. The latter part of the equation received a fast forward on Monday after it was announced that assistant Steve Sarkisian will take over as OC for the National Championship Game against Clemson. "Trying to do both jobs," Kiffin said, "I thought it would be easier than it was." In speaking with the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, Kiffin admitted that he wasn't necessarily always present with the Tide mentally after he accepted the FAU gig. Alabama's 24 points scored in the Peach Bowl against Washington represented their second-lowest tally of the 2016 campaign. Though to be fair, the Huskies are one of the best defensive teams in the country.
Jan 2 - 3:51 PM

Alabama has relieved Lane Kiffin from his offensive coordinator duties ahead of the national championship game against Clemson.

Steve Sarkisian, Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2017, will take over immediately. This type of move is unprecedented. Head coach Nick Saban said the staff sat down after the school's demolition of Washington and acknowledged the tough task Kiffin had of managing both jobs of coaching Alabama and looking forward to his new job at FAU. That is the easy excuse to give to the media, but it was apparent that Saban was not pleased with Kiffin's playcalling in the game against the Huskies. Saban does not like distractions.
Jan 2 - 12:21 PM

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit believes the reason Lane Kiffin hired Kendal Briles as offensive coordinator is Kiffin wants to take more of a CEO approach to this head coaching job.

That mean Briles will have "full control" of the offense, including playcalling. Therefore we can expect a Baylor style of offense. That will be a change for Kiffin, who has starred as Alabama's playcaller over the last few seasons. Kiffin seems to want to take a Nick Saban approach, which makes sense after coaching under the Alabama head man. Saban does take responsibility for special teams as well.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 09:15:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that FAU will hire Baylor OC Kendal Briles to serve in the same capacity.

Briles is expected to coach with the Bears in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl against Boise State on Tuesday. He will then scoot on over to Florida Atlantic. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit has reported that Briles will have full play-calling duties and will be able to maintain full control over the offense while new FAU HC Lane Kiffin focuses on his wider duties. Herbstreit referred to the hire as a "home run." While Briles was implicated in several recruiting violations earlier this week, FAU has reportedly checked in with both the NCAA and Baylor itself to make sure that Briles will be able to continue coaching without issue. All systems go. Prepare for the Owl Raid.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:59:00 AM

The NCAA infraction committee has determined that Baylor assistant coaches Kendall Briles and Tate Wallis made several recruiting violations.

Relatively minor stuff, here, but once more Baylor finds itself in the headlines for the wrong reasons. The NCAA infraction committee has determined that Briles and Wallis surpassed the allowed number of evaluations in regards to a pair of recruits and had impermissible contact with another. The NCAA issued a $5,000 fine and otherwise held up Baylor's self-administered punishments. Among those punishments, the program has installed recruiting restrictions.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:01:00 PM


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