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Florida Atlantic senior WR Lucky Whitehead accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Whitehead was recently named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Conference First Team. The 5-foot-10, 163-pounder led FAU and CUSA with 76 receptions. He also had six touchdowns and currently ranks No. 18 nationally in all-purpose yards, No. 11 in combined kick returns, No. 33 in kick returns, No. 10 in punt returns scores and No. 5 in number of returns.
Dec 25 - 7:56 PM

Florida Atlantic S Damian Parms accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Parms, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, helps form a stellar Owls defensive backfield along with fellow NFL prospect CB D'Joun Smith. Along with possessing prototypical size, Parms is a good open-field tackler. He'll often be found around the ball.
Nov 26 - 9:39 PM

FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith accepted his invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Scouts love the one-on-one drills against receivers at All-Star events, so Smith (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is going to have plenty of opportunities to make the acquaintance of evaluators who haven't seen much of him previously. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month that Smith could "make [receivers] uncomfortable coming off the line of scrimmage." An AFC scout told Brugler that he was impressed by Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 8:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed that FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith could "make [receivers] uncomfortable coming off the line of scrimmage."

Smith is listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Analyst Brugler wrote that, "[Smith] is patient in press while also showing the physical nature to get in the face of receivers," though he also said that the senior "lacks ideal size, length and strength and can be outmuscled at the line of scrimmage." Despite his size concerns, he has great instincts that can make up for deficiencies. An AFC scout told Brugler that he was impressed by Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes. Several days ago, Smith was invited to the Senior Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 12 - 5:10 PM

FAU CB D'Jon Smith has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

This is the first we have seen this season, so let the party begin. Smith recently received plenty of praise from CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, who called the Owl one of the top three senior corners he has evaluated all season. Corners a one position that receives a lot of attention at all star events thanks to one on one drills versus receivers.
Nov 7 - 12:20 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Florida Atlantic senior CB D'Joun Smith is one of the top-3 he has evaluated this year.

"I've studied 40+ senior CBs in the 2015 class so far and Smith is one of the top-3 I've evaluated. Speed with an understanding of the position," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Smith ranked No. 1 in conference USA and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (20) and No. 1 in the conference and No. 3 nationally in interceptions (7). The Florida Atlantic prospect was named FAU's 2013 Most Valuable Player by his coaches and teammates. According to Brugler, the Florida Atlantic prospect is "one of the more talented SR CBs in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Nov 6 - 3:42 PM

CBS Sport's Dane Brugler believes that Florida Atlantic senior CB D'Joun Smith has "grabbed the attention of NFL Scouts" with his production in 2013.

"It will be tough for him to match his 2013 production this upcoming year, but Smith has already grabbed the attention of NFL scouts and is an underrated senior prospect to keep an eye on this season," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Smith ranked No. 1 in conference USA and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (20) and No. 1 in the conference and No. 3 nationally in interceptions (7). The Florida Atlantic prospect was named FAU's 2013 Most Valuable Player by his coaches and teammates, and Brugler notes that he's an "underrated senior prospect" to watch in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 12:36 PM

Bills selected Florida Atlantic LB Randell Johnson with the No. 221 overall pick in the NFL draft

Johnson (6-foot-3 1/4, 242) ran 4.60 at the Owls' Pro Day, adding a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Injury plagued at FAU, Johnson played end, linebacker, and special teams as a senior, recording 7.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. He should help Buffalo's kick and punt coverage units if he makes the final 53-man roster.
May 10 - 5:50 PM

49ers selected FAU CB Keith Reaser with the No. 170 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Reaser (5-foot-9 3/4, 189) made 32 starts for the FAU Owls, recording seven tackles for loss and five interceptions. He tore his ACL six games into his senior season and underwent surgery. At the Combine in February, doctors discovered Reaser's ACL was not healed, and he had another knee reconstruction soon thereafter, performed by Dr. James Andrews. Reaser wasn't a dominant college player, and has huge medical concerns. He is another redshirt pick for the 49ers.
May 10 - 3:39 PM

Florida Atlantic announced Gary Partridge as head coach.

The Owls dismissed former coach Carl Pelini in October. A press conference to announce the news of Partridge's hiring is scheduled for Tuesday. Partridge, who has never been a head coach, was Arkansas' defensive coordinator in 2013. Arkansas State, Army, Bowling Green and Texas still have head coaching vacancies in the FBS.
Source: CBS 12
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis have resigned.

Per ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the two "attended recent social event where pot was used" and agreed to resign. The Owls are 2-6 this season. Pelini is the brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 03:57:00 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt reports former FAU WR Duron Carter worked out for the Miami Dolphins.

Brandt recently tweeted that Carter should be a priority free agent following the conclusion of the draft. He has a "similar speed (4.58), possession type," to his father, Cris, according to Brandt. We don't expect Carter to get drafted because of his reported poor attitude. He will have to come a long way to succeed in the NFL.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:42:00 PM

After watching tape on former FAU WR Duron Carter, NFL.com's Gil Brandt considers the prospect a priority free agent.

Brandt tweeted that Duron reminds him a lot of his father, Cris. "Similar speed (4.58), possession type," Brandt writes. We don;t believe Carter will be drafted, and his attitude will have to be top notch to stick on an NFL roster, something that has been a major issue in the past.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 02:30:00 PM

After leaving the FAU football program, junior WR Duron Carter has entered April's NFL Draft.

Duron, the son of Cris Carter, has chosen an odd collegiate path, going from Ohio State to Alabama to FAU, with neither landing spot offering much hope in terms of success. We doubt he is selected during April's Draft.
Source: NFL Labor
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Junior WR Duron Carter, son of NFL great Cris, has left the FAU football program and will likely enter April's NFL Draft.

Carter was not granted permission by the NCAA to play this season after transferring from Alabama. He actually began his career at Ohio State, but Carter never found a fit at any of the three schools. The junior has put zeros up the last two years and focused on academics the final few weeks of this season.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 09:26:00 AM


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