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Florida Atlantic is hiring former Alabama assistant coach Wes Neighbors to be the new DB coach.

Neighbors will join Lane Kiffin's staff, and the two worked together on Alabama's staff in 2016. It's a move up for the former Crimson Tide coach, as he was formerly a an off-field analyst. It's also the second Alabama staff member to join Kiffin's staff, as former strength coach Wilson Love joined the Owls' staff to be the new strength and conditioning coach.
Jan 12 - 7:03 PM

Auburn Undercover reports that former Auburn sophomore WR Kyle Davis has transferred to Florida Atlantic.

Davis was thrown off the team for an unspecified rules violation in October.He ha 12 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his freshman year, and the 6-foot-2, 224-pound wideout was considered one of the best receivers in the 2016 recruiting class. He could apply to play in 2018, but more than likely will have to sit out a season before joining the Lane Kiffin offense in 2019.
Jan 11 - 7:24 PM

FAU junior LB Azeez Al-Shaair announced that he will return for his senior season rather than declare for the NFL.

"I know some people were trying to get him to come out but he’s going to come back," FAU coach Lane Kiffin said. "So that’s good. We’ve got a great team coming back." Yes you do, Lane. Yes you do. NFLdraftscout.com had rated Al-Shaair as the No. 62-rated outside linebacker, but that standing likely would have risen upon further tape study had Al-Shaair entered his name. Al-Shaair (6'2/228) has led FAU in tackles in all three of his seasons on campus. He already owns the all-time school record with 354 tackles. This year, he was named to Phil Steele's First Team all-Conference USA team as well as CUSA's official all-Conference First Team. "He’s going to play at the next level for a long time," Kiffin said.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:28:00 PM

FAU junior WR DeAndre McNeal missed Tuesday's bowl win over Akron after suffering an ankle injury during pregame warmups.

The Owls didn't need him, as they boat-raced the Zips 50-3. McNeal began the campaign as one of FAU's featured receivers, but his role diminished as the season went on and he ended up missing three games due to injury. He finished with a modest 23-317-2 line. We still think McNeal (6'3/215) could break out in 2018. HC Lane Kiffin and OC Kendal Briles' devastating brain-child of an offensive scheme immediately produced one of the nation's most feared running attacks in 2017. The passing game will get much more attention this offseason, and it's going to be much-improved next fall. With QB Jason Driskel returning along with WR Willie Wright, McNeal could be in for big numbers as a big, boundary receiver in this hyper-spread attack.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:52:00 PM

FAU redshirt senior WR Kalib Woods caught four passes for 71 yards in a 50-3 victory over Toledo on Tuesday in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Woods (6'3/193) had a 43-yard catch that set up an FAU touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound senior finishes with an impressive 27 yards-per-catch with the Owls in 2017, and has drawn some NFL talk. Because of some off-the-field issues, he's likely going to be a late-round pick -- and possibly go undrafted -- but if he gets an invite into a postseason bowl and performs well, that projection could go up.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:42:00 PM

FAU freshman WR Willie Wright scored two touchdowns with 71 yards receiving on seven catches in a 50-3 crushing of Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday.

Wright also had 19 rushing yards on four carries. This could have been a much bigger game for the 5-foot-8, 155-pound receiver, but Akron couldn't stop Devin Singletary and the Owls on the ground, and quarterback Jason Driskel spread the ball around. He was still able to find the end zone twice, and he also had a two-point conversion with the Owls up 31. Lane Kiffin gonna Lane Kiffin. Wright is a dynamic playmaker, and a potential breakout star for the 2018 campaign.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:29:00 PM

FAU junior QB Jason Driskel completed 19-of-25 passes for 270 yards and two scores and ran for two more touchdowns in a 50-3 drubbing of Akron on Tuesday in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Driskel and the Owls offense simply dominated this game, as Akron just didn't have the athletes to keep up with the Owls. Both rushing touchdowns came on option plays where the Zips focused on star running back Devin Singletary and he was able to run in untouched. He also threw two touchdowns to impressive freshman Willie Wright, and just missed a third. Driskel made improvements over the year, and likely will be among the top returning quarterbacks in the conference in 2018.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:24:00 PM

FAU sophomore RB Devin Singletary ran for three touchdowns and 124 yards on 26 carries in a 50-3 crushing of Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday.

This was a mismatch from early on, and Singletary had very little trouble gashing the Zips' defense on Tuesday night. He finishes his year with 32 rushing touchdowns, a number that has only been passed by Monte Ball and Barry Sanders in a single year. What an underrated star this young man has turned into. He'll start next year as one of the top junior running backs not in the Power 5, and if he gets enough touches, he just might be a dark horse contender for some awards.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:20:00 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that FAU and HC Lane Kiffin are finalizing a new 10-year contract.

About a year ago this time, Kiffin was unceremoniously being booted from Playoff coordinating duties at Alabama in advance of the National Championship Game. Now, he's the talk of Boca Raton. The Owls limped out to a 1-3 start to the season, but have not lost since, as they've rattled off nine consecutive victories. Kiffin will try to cap this immaculate season with a win over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday evening.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 01:02:00 PM

Four-star 2018 DT JUCO prospect Tayland Humphrey verbally committed to Florida Atlantic.

Humphrey (6'5/350) is a big get for the Owls, literally and figuratively. He chooses Florida Atlantic over offers from bigger schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Oklahoma State and many more. He's rated the fourth-best junior college defensive tackle by 247 Sports, and the eighth-best junior college player overall. He should be immediate helper against the run for Lane Kiffin and the Owls.
Source: 247 Sports
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 06:01:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that FAU redshirt senior WR Kalib Woods lacks "next level speed and maturity."

"Woods is sure handed, plays with great balance and is a pass catcher who consistently finds ways to separate from opponents," Pauline writes before adding his demerits in terms of the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder's top-end speed and maturity. Character questions are going to play heavily into the redshirt senior's draft evaluation -- he was suspended for the first six games of the campaign due to his alleged part in an offseason brawl. Still, Pauline believes that if a team takes a flier on him even despite off-field concerns, Woods "has enough skill to make a Sunday roster as a fifth receiver."
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 10:32:00 PM

FAU junior QB Jason Driskel completed 17-of-27 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-17 Conference USA Championship Game win over North Texas.

Per usual, the Owls leaned heavily on RB Devin Singletary (164 yards rushing, three touchdowns), but Driskel had his moment in the sun, too, when he connected with Kalib Woods for a 54-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. While the junior's passing numbers on the whole are not particularly noteworthy, FAU did open it up a bit for him down the stretch. He managed just one game of more than 200 yards passing through his first six contests posting stats this year, but finished out on a little four-game stretch surpassing that mark.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 04:30:00 PM

FAU redshirt senior WR Kalib Woods caught six passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-17 Conference USA Championship Game win over North Texas.

Woods (6'3/193) rolled for a 54-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter. The redshirt senior ended up averaging a succulent 34.6 yards per catch on the afternoon. After sitting out the first six games of the season on suspension for his alleged role in an offseason fight -- he did not make his first catch on the year until Nov. 3, against Marshall -- Woods has notched 100-yard receiving showings in three of five contests.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 04:21:00 PM

FAU sophomore RB Devin Singletary rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in Saturday's 41-17 Conference USA Championship Game win over North Texas.

Singletary (5'9/200) did as he has done throughout the season. That is, he absolutely shredded. The sophomore broke North Texas' back with a pair of short touchdown runs in the second quarter before later capping off his huge afternoon with a five-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory. After being held under 70 yards rushing in each of FAU's first two games, Singletary has gone off for at least 100 yards in every one of the Owls' 11 preceding games. He's now rushed for 1,796 yards and 29 touchdowns. In his inaugural season at the helm, Lane Kiffin led his squad to a 10-3 record, including a nine-game winning streak to wrap up the pre-bowl campaign.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 03:50:00 PM

FAU sophomore TE Harrison Bryant (ankle) is likely out for Saturday's game against North Texas.

Bryant entered the day questionable to play, and he did not warm up during pregame festivities. He sat out last Saturday's win over Charlotte after injuring his ankle against FIU in mid-November. John Raine is dealing with an undisclosed injury concern, but he'll start if he's active.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM


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