FAU SUPERLATIVES: Offensive Newcomer of the Year | Defensive Newcomer of the Year | Offensive Most Improved | Defensive Most Improved | Offensive Unsung Hero | Defensive Unsung Hero | Biggest Offensive Surprise | Biggest Defensive Surprise | Offensive MVP
BOCA RATON – When creating end-of-season award stories writers have a tendency to get cute – to pick a surprising choice in an attempt to either show how smart they are or to generate conversation.
That’s not going to happen with this year’s FAU Offensive MVP selection.
Devin Singletary is the obvious choice – and there really isn’t anyone close.
Singletary darted, raced and powered his way to 22 rushing touchdowns – tied for second in the nation. He likely would have surpassed Clemson’s Travis Etienne total of 24 had Singletary played in 15 games like Etienne did as opposed to the 12 times the Owls took the field in 2018,
Only 10 players nationally rushed for more than the 1,384 yards Singletary amassed. Seven of those players played at least one more game than Singletary did. None of the players ahead of Singletary played in Conference USA.
With FAU’s passing game struggling much of the year, Singletary made the Owls go.
For Singletary, it’s his second consecutive season winning this award. He won’t claim it a third time.
Singletary’s December decision to forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft didn’t surprise. He leaves FAU as the Owls’ all-time leading rushing and scorer. And he accomplished that essentially in two-and-a-half seasons.
Lane Kiffin will have a tough time replacing Singletary’s production, and that of Kerrith Whyte, too. Former Alabama running back B.J. Emmons will be given the opportunity to replace Singletary as the featured back. FAU signed Tallahassee-Rickards running back Kelvin Dean in December and on Monday the Owls received a commitment from Hoover (Ala.) running back Larry McCammon.
Tyrek Tisdale is expected to be healthy after recovering from knee surgery following the 2017 season, and rising redshirt freshman Malcolm Davidson showed good bursts late in the season.
Other offensive players who enjoyed noteworthy 2018 seasons include tight end Harrison Bryant, center Junior Diaz and left tackle Reggie Bain.
But Singletary is the choice here. It’s a runaway victory.