Player Profile: FAU RB Devin “Motor” Singletary

It isn’t often that a star player comes through the small city of Boca Raton, FL. The FAU Owls have had very few NFL caliber type players come through it’s football program. Alfred Morris is the the FAU alum who has had the most accomplished career of all the Owls. Followed by a few solid defensive players who have carved out a role on NFL teams. Devin Singletary is the guy who will break that mold. Even with the spotlight on superstar head coach Lane Kiffin, Singletary has managed to turn a lot of heads and show that he could be FAU’s first star player.

History

Singletary played his freshman year at Florida Atlantic in 2016. He compiled 1021 rushing yards on 152 carries. He proved early on that he had a talent for running the football. Singletary was born and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He played his high school ball at American Heritage School in Delray, where he finished with 4,975 career-rushing yards. Singletary had originally planned to attend the University of Illinois, but changed his mind when he returned home from his Illinois visit and received interest from Kiffin and FAU. Singletary liked the home town feeling that Florida Atlantic had to offer. Although Singletary received interest from Florida State and Miami, FAU was the best fit for him and he signed with them on 2016’s National Signing day.

Rushing

Standing at 5-foot-9 and around 200 pounds, Devin Singletary is built like a modern day running back. He is, however, an undersized back and although plenty of 5’9″ backs have made it through the NFL, it is a stigma that Singletary will have to continue to prove NFL scouts wrong. Singletary was an outstanding runner at American Heritage, as mentioned earlier. For his career at FAU so far he has compiled 3,568 rushing yards on 584 carries through two and a half seasons. That equates to about 6.1 yards per carry, which is pretty darn good.

Even more impressive than Singletary’s rushing yards are his touchdowns. Singletary has 58 career touchdowns, including 32 rushing touchdowns in his sophomore year which led all division 1 players. His 14 touchdowns this year lead all players thus far. Singletary has a knack for finding the end-zone and is FAU’s primary weapon for scoring. He may not have a big goal line type of body, but Singletary is reliable having only fumbled the ball twice so far in college.

Pass Catching and Blocking

Oddly enough, Singletary does not catch a whole lot of passes out of the backfield. Especially this season where he has only caught 5 passes for 31 yards. In his FAU career he has 50 catches for 392 yards, averaging about 7.8 yards per catch. That’s not great, but it isn’t terrible. FAU tries to keep Singletary on the ground where he has enough of a load to handle. If given the opportunity, Singletary could be a solid pass catcher as he has said himself that he strives to be a player like Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy.

In terms of his pass blocking, Singletary is above average. Although blocking at the college level and picking up blitzes is a lot simpler, Singletary is a smart player who is always looking to learn new ways his improve his overall game. To make it in the NFL, it is crucial for RBs to learn how to pass block if they want to get on the field. That and special teams, which is an intangible that we’d have to assume Singletary can handle if need be.

Outlook

The 21-year-old running back may look to continue his impressive season at FAU before making any decisions on an NFL future. Singletary began the season will plenty of Heisman hype, which was a first for any FAU player. The Heisman award is still a possibility but given FAU’s less than stellar season, it is unlikely to come to fruition. However, being a candidate would surely be enough to boost his draft stocks. As is, Singletary is projected by most to be a late 1st to early 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Regardless of the NFL, the RB will go down as one of the greatest college football players in Florida ever. Singletary probably has no regrets on his decision to play for FAU, as he has become a Florida Atlantic legend and he got to stay close to home.

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