James Pierre and Meiko Dotson both say they are investigating their options now that the FAU season has ended.
Pierre originally signed with Syracuse out of Deerfield Beach but never made it to the Empire State.
A starter for most of his three seasons as an Owl, Pierre didn’t amass impressive interception totals in large part because quarterbacks never threw his way. His three interceptions this season were a career high.
A smooth, fast cover corner, Pierre also isn’t afraid to deliver a blow, the junior recorded 44 tackles, with 4.5 going for loss, in 2019.
Dotson, who began his career at Georgia Tech, currently leads the nation with nine interceptions. He earned All-Conference USA honors despite only starting one game all season.
After coming to FAU from Garden City CC, Dotson sat out all of 2018 after undergoing hip surgery.
“I’m still trying to see, but most likely right now my plans are to come back to school,” Dotson said prior to the Boca Bowl. “I just feel like I’ve got more work to do.”
Departures by Pierre and Dotson would leave gaping holes in FAU’s secondary. The Owls also lose starter Chris Tooley to graduation.
Redshirt junior Korel Smith, who missed most of the season with multiple injuries, would be the only returning outside corner with significant experience, with much of that coming at nickel.
FAU recently completed its second 11-3 season in three years, both of which included Conference USA championships and Boca Raton Bowl titles.
Prior to the Boca Bowl, coach Lane Kiffin left FAU for the same job at Mississippi. FAU players lobbied for defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer to be promoted to head coach. The Owls selected former USF and FSU coach Willie Taggart instead.
Spencer left FAU to become the defensive coordinator at USF. Taggart, in turn, hired former USF coach Jim Leavitt to coordinate the Owls’ defense.