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Multiple outlets are reporting that FAU DC Chris Kiffin will take a position on staff with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kiffin is the brother of HC Lane Kiffin, who will be rolling with a pair of new coordinators when spring practice boots up. The Owls have already brought on Charlie Weiss Jr. to serve as offensive coordinator and replacement for Kendal Briles, who left for the same job at Houston earlier this winter. Expect them to settle on their new defensive coordinator in the near future.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 11:53 PM

Former Alabama junior RB B.J. Emmons transferred to FAU.

Emmons (6'0/232), who boasts an outstanding combination of power, speed and athleticism, was rated as the nation’s No. 5 running back and a top-50 overall recruit coming out of high school in 2016. As a true freshman, he rushed for 173 yards in eight games with the Crimson Tide before a Lisfranc foot fracture ended his season. Emmons escaped Alabama's crowded backfield and spent last year at the JUCO ranks. Now, he reunites with former Tide OC Lane Kiffin, who has made a habit of signing ballyhooed transfers while in Boca Raton. Emmons is immediately eligible to play. He'll replace RB Gregory Howell as an over-qualified backup to superstar junior RB Devin "Motor" Singletary. Incredibly, the Owls now boast the nation's best crop of runners. FAU will field a scary, scary offense in 2018.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 7 - 3:17 PM

FAU redshirt junior QB De'Andre Johnson will not apply for a medical redshirt waiver for his injury-shorted 2017 season.

Johnson -- of LAST CHANCE U fame and formerly of Florida State -- appeared in FAU's season-opener against Navy this past season, but sat out the remainder of the campaign after undergoing surgery to remove two blood clots from his arm. While he will not be applying for a medical redshirt at this time, Johnson could potentially do so down the road. The 6-foot, 177-pounder has recovered from his surgical procedure and is expected to be a full participant in spring practice. He'll be competing with former Oklahoma QB Chris Robison for starting honors this offseason. Robison should be considered the favorite in that competition.
Feb 6 - 5:56 PM

CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli lists FAU at the top spot of teams that will receive the most offseason hype.

All aboard the Lake Kiffin train. Fornelli also lists Auburn, Washington, Texas and Miami in his top five, respectively. Florida Atlantic ranks at the top, however, after their 10-3 season and dominance during the Conference USA season. "The Owls open on the road at Oklahoma before facing Air Force and UCF," Fornelli writes. "So before the 2018 season begins, there will be plenty of talk about whether Lane Kiffin's team can somehow knock off the Sooners or go 12-1 and get in the New Year's Six."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 4 - 1:26 PM

FAU signed 2018 four-star JUCO DT Charles Cameron.

Cameron (6'2/290) and fellow four-star JUCO stud receiver Nero Nelson were teammates last season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. Cameron picked the Owls over Louisville, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, UAB, Southern Miss, and several other offers. He's ESPN's No. 29 overall JUCO recruit. "Cameron is a good, active DT that displays tools to be a quick contributor in the trenches at the FBS level," ESPN wrote in a scouting report.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 8:44 PM

FAU signed four-star 2018 JUCO junior WR Nero Nelson.

The Lane Train surges on. Kiffin stole the Copiah-Lincoln Community College product from Mississippi State, whom Nelson had previously been committed to. The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver originally signed with Mississippi State out of high school but failed to qualify academically. The Owls hope he can contribute early, which would help alleviate the losses of seniors Kalib Woods and Kamrin Solomon.
Source: ESPN
Jan 30 - 10:40 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin compares redshirt freshman QB Chris Robison to former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Per the Palm Beach Post, Robison is "the likely frontrunner" for the 2018 starting job following Daniel Parr's transfer to Duquesne and Jason Driskel's retirement. Robison's biggest competition for the job is ex-Florida State Seminole and "Last Chance U" star De’Andre Johnson, who missed most of last year following surgery to remove blood clots in his arm. Robison, a four-star recruit in the 2017 cycle who competed at the Elite 11 event, was kicked off the Oklahoma roster last April following a DUI arrest. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder could be in line for huge numbers in FAU's explosive offense if he wins the job.
Jan 19 - 3:44 PM

FAU senior QB Jason Driskel announced on Twitter that he's retiring from football.

A true stunner that came out of nowhere. Driskel cited wanting to begin his career as a civil engineer. Last season, FAU began 1-2 under Week 1 starter Daniel Parr. HC Lane Kiffin turned to Driskel, and the Owls ripped off a 10-1 finish to the season. That overstates Driskel's importance a bit, but he provided a steady hand for a dominant run offense that badly needed a reliable caretaker. With Driskel out of the picture and Parr having transferred to Duquesne, Florida State transfer De'Andre Johnson and Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison will battle it out for the 2018 starting job (barring the late addition of a grad transfer). Johnson is the more mobile of the two, while Robison, a four-star true dual-threat, has the highest ceiling. Whoever wins the job will run the most dangerous offense in the Group of 5.
Jan 18 - 12:31 PM

FAU hired Atlanta Falcons offensive assistant Charlie Weis Jr. to serve as offensive coordinator.

Weis, 24, will take over for OC Kendal Briles, who left for the same position at Houston earlier this winter. He's the son of former Notre Dame and Kansas HC Charlie Weis and earlier worked on Alabama's staff (2015-16) as an analyst while Owls HC Lane Kiffin was with the Tide. Said Kiffin, "He's way ahead of his time in how he sees the game, his football IQ and just his overall intelligence. He's been around the game with his dad being a coach, a lot like I was when I was growing up, and has a bright future." It's difficult to project exactly what kind of offense the uber-young, unproven Weis might install with the Owls, at least at this early juncture. His father largely ran pro-style concepts, though also occasionally dabbled in the spread. This will be one to watch over the offseason as the youngster tries his coordinating hand for the first time.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 12:14 PM

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


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