FAU Football: Living in the fast Lane

FAU football does not get the attention from South Florida fans like their neighbors to the South, the Miami Hurricanes. However, the Owls are beginning to make some noise and are now bowl eligible for the first time since 2013 after a great win against Marshall 30-25.  FAU has won five in a row and sits at 6-3 overall and 5-0 overall and are peaking at the right time, poised for the post-season.

The Owls currently sit atop the Conference USA standings, and with three winnable games ahead can position themselves for a solid bowl appearance. They are led by star running back Devin Singletary, he may not be a household name but has the respect of opposing coaches such as Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday.

“He’s physical, he’s tough, he makes all the cuts,” Holliday told reporters earlier this week. “He’s a good back. We have a couple of coaches who know some guys who were on their previous staff and they think he’s an NFL-caliber talent. When you watch him on tape that’s what he looks like. He gained a quiet thousand [yards rushing] a year ago. Coming into this year, eight games in, he already has over a thousand yards. He’s a good back.”

Singletary is turning in an incredible campaign and leads the nation with 20 total touchdowns. Against Marshall he made it look easy, finishing with 28 carries for 203 yards and a touchdown.

With solid, if not spectacular play from quarterback Jason Driskel, the Owls have put up at least 30 points in seven consecutive games. They are creating turnovers and safety Jalen Young is second in the country with five interceptions. FAU is winning and winning big, before their five point victory against Marshall all of their other wins had been by at least 14 points. With Lane Kiffin’s experience in big games at all levels, they should be confident down the home stretch. They can lean on one of the best running backs in the country to carry them, and being in the mix this late in the season will give Kiffin a nice pitch to future recruits in South Florida and across the country. FAU football is showing this year that they are here to stay.

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