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FAU RB Devin Singletary declares for NFL Draft

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One of the premier running backs in the state of Florida has decided to give up his final year of eligibility and head for the NFL draft. Devin “Motor” Singletary, who has led the nation with a gaudy 54 rushing TDs the last two years and been the top back the last two seasons in Conference USA play, is turning pro.

Singletary made his announcement on social media earlier Wednesday morning:

Singletary was just named to the Conference USA first team, as one of the two running backs for 2018 off of a season in which, he ran for an outstanding 1,348 yards and 22 touchdowns.

However , that’s actually down from his 1,920 yards and 32 touchdown rushing breakout year of 2017, when the Owls went undefeated in C-USA play, won the championship game and their bowl game under first year coach Lane Kiffin.

Singletary, who’s listed at 5’9, 200 lbs. was named C’USA Player of the Year and also, landed on the AP second-team All-American squad for last season.

Singletary, who is from Deerfield Beach, said in his statement:

“I hope I left a lasting impression on the University, football program and the entire community. As I take the next step into my career, I will continue to represent FAU the right way and you will forever be in my heart.”

There has already been some conjecture that Singletary might go as high as, the first round of the upcoming draft in April. However, we defer to the guys at the DraftNetwork.com, who had this profile of Singletary. In it, they have concerns about his size, foot speed/quickness and whether it will translate into the NFL.

Unfortunately for he and FAU, they finished five and seven this season and did not find themselves in a bowl game for 2018.

So, we won’t get to see the explosiveness that he is brought to the college game the last couple of years on his way one last time.

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Ole Miss hires Lane Kiffin after FAU title game win

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It didn’t take long after FAU’s rout of UAB in the Conference USA Championship Game for the “Lane Train” to depart Boca Raton for Mississippi.

Shortly after the post game festivities were done on the field at FAU Stadium, Ole Miss made official what had been reported Friday night that Kiffin is their new head coach:

First, Kiffin’s Owls had little to no trouble with UAB, as they broke out to a 35 – 6 halftime lead and never looked back. Sophomore quarterback Chris Robison threw three touchdown passes and FAU also blocked a punt, scooped it up and ran it in for another touchdown, as they built the large halftime advantage.

UAB did not muster a hundred yards of offense until the fourth quarter of the game and by then, the issue was settled. It’s the Owls second Conference USA title win in three seasons under Kiffin.

In the Ole Miss statement. athletic director Keith Carter, had this to say about his hire:

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Coach Kiffin to the Ole Miss family,” Carter said. “As we entered this process, we were looking for energy, innovativeness and a program builder who could excite our student-athletes and fans. Coach Kiffin checked every box and is a home run for our program. I look forward to locking arms with him to take Ole Miss Football to a championship level.”

Kiffin returns to the SEC, where he was formerly the offensive coordinator from 2014 – 16 at Alabama under Nick Saban. He also was the University of Tennessee head coach for the 2009 season going 7 – 6. Kiffin left the Vols controversially after just one year to coach at Southern Cal from 2010 – 13. He was fired in the middle of his fourth season with the Trojans.

As we wrote Friday night, a report in Mississippi surfaced that Ole Miss officials had been in Boca Raton to meet with Kiffin on Thursday night and offered him the job. That obviously turned out to be correct.

Ole Miss is looking to rebuild quickly and an attempt to challenge Alabama, LSU and Auburn. The Rebels went just 4 – 8 this past season firing former player and assistant, Matt Luke at the end of the year.

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KIffin leads FAU in Championship Game- in final game?

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There is only one game involving an FBS team in the State of Florida on Saturday and there’s as much drama behind the scenes as there will be on the field in Boca Raton. This for Florida Atlantic’s bid to win another Conference Championship Game.

The Owls and Coach Lane Kiffin get set to host UAB, are going for the Conference USA Championship for the second time in three years.

However, the bigger story is one that broke on Friday night that Kiffin, the former head coach at USC and Tennessee before coming to South Florida, is apparently headed back to the SEC to coach Ole Miss.

As we wrote last night, the deal is apparently all but done to bring Kiffin to Oxford, MS. That’s where he will coach in the SEC West, including against Nick Saban and Alabama. Kiffin recently the offensive coordinator at Bama from 2014 – 2016, including helping them win the College Football Playoff Title Game in January 2016.

Back to the game on the field Sunday afternoon. The Owls qualified to host the Title game last Saturday by beating Southern Miss 34 – 17. They are led by quarterback Chris Robinson and outstanding tight end, Harrison Bryant. Bryant had two touchdown catches in the first half of the game last week and is FAU’s best weapon in the air.

UAB is a great story in their own right, as they are the defending C-USA champions and qualified for the title game by upsetting North Texas last Saturday. The Blazers overcame their program being defunded by the state of Alabama’s Board of Regents in 2014. With football dormant for 2 years, coach Bill Clark resurrected it and they resumed playing with new players in 2017.

UAB , won the Conference USA title a year ago on the road at Middle Tennessee State and had the first-ever 10-win season in program history.

The Blazers look to run the football between the tackles with bruising back Spencer Brown. He’s a mid-round NFL prospect and had a hundred yards in their win over North Texas. Brown has 11- 100 yard games in his career and wants to help them grind the clock.

Again, this game does not have the impact of the SEC, Big 12 or Big 10 title games on Saturday, which are vying for the College Football Playoff. But, it still should be exciting and the post-game press conference with Kiffin about his possible new job in the SEC will be “must see,” as well.

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