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From South Florida to Upstate New York, FAU RB Devin Singletary goes in the third round to the Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletary joins Alfred Morris in becoming the second ever FAU running back to be drafted in the NFL.

NCAA Football: Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky
Oct 28, 2017; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls offensive lineman Roman Fernandez (77) holds up Florida Atlantic Owls running back Devin Singletary (5) after scoring a touch down against the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
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After three historic seasons as a running back at FAU, Devin “Motor” Singletary became the first FAU player to get drafted after declaring early for the NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills drafted Motor in the third round with pick No. 74.

Motor joins D’Joun Smith (Indianapolis Colts), Keith Reaser (San Francisco 49ers), Trey Hendrickson (New Orleans Saints), Rob Housler (Arizona Cardinals), Rusty Smith (Tennessee Titans), Alfred Morris (Washington Redskins), and Randell Johnson (Buffalo Bills) as former Owls who have been drafted in the NFL.

Entering the draft the biggest knock against Motor was his size and so-so results at the NFL Combine. Some NFL scouts speculated that Motor could fall to the fifth round or later.

Despite the 5-foot-7, 200-pound frame, the Buffalo Bills ignored the noise, watched the film, and saw a special player capable of making an impact in the NFL for a long time.

Singletary was the first running back from a Florida institution to be selected in the NFL Draft and the third running back off the board, behind only Alabama’s Josh Jacobs, who went No. 24 to the Oakland Raiders, and Penn State’s Miles Sanders, who went No. 53 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

FAU head coach Lane Kiffin has sent a boatload of players to the NFL and Devin Singletary joins that long list, becoming the first FAU player under Kiffin to be drafted.