“Super excited about it, love being here and love playing football.” said John Raine.
The tight end only played in four games as a freshman before a broken ankle ended his season.
At that time players could play in the first three games and still qualify for a redshirt season. The NCAA has since amended its rules to allow players to play in any four games in a single season and still use that year as a redshirt.
Last month, FAU and Raine sent a waiver to the NCAA looking to allow the medical redshirt for that freshman year. Last week the NCAA awarded his request.
“He got a year back next year so he will come back and be the guy next year” coach Lane Kiffin said.
Raine, a primary red zone target for quarterback Chris Robison at the beginning of the year, has slowed down in production the last few weeks. The tight end has not recorded a catch in the last two weeks and has not scored since the 41-3 win over Old Dominion three games ago.
For the last few weeks, tight end Harrison Bryant and Raine have switched roles. Bryant started off his first seven games being scoreless. In his last two games, Bryant has two touchdown grabs.
The rise of slot receiver DeAngelo Antoine has kept cut into Raine’s playing time, allowing for Kiffin to steer away from using as many two tight end sets in favor of three wide receivers.