Devin Singletary | Don’t Sleep on this Owl

When most people think about Florida Atlantic now days is Lane Kiffin. And that’s not a bad thing since Kiffin has rejuvenated the program leading the Owls to 10 wins and bringing exciting football to South Florida. But while many people will associate the Owls offense with the passing attack, you can’t look past running back Devin Singletary. Here’s a look at the junior running back.

 

Get to Know Devin Singletary

Since day one at Florida Atlantic Devin Singletary was able to step in and make an impact. As a true freshman rushed for just over 1,000 yards with 12 touchdowns. In Kiffin’s first year Singletary thrived rushing for 1,918 yards which was 4th most in the nation while his 32 rushing touchdowns lead the nation. At 5’9 200lbs Singletary does get some small back thoughts, but his rushing style will tell you otherwise.

 

What Devin Singletary Does Well

Singletary is at his best when he’s going downhill using his quickness and lateral agility to make defenders miss and get to open running lanes. Using this lateral agility and burst Singletary is able to juke away from defenders but also get to open space to reel off yardage. Now Singletary isn’t going to be confused with the big bruising backs, but he does run with enough power to push the pile and can get through some arm tackles. Along the goal line Singletary also shows the ability to get skinny in the hole to finishing drives.

 

 

Concerns about Devin Singletary

Singletary has a lot of positive traits but he’s not overly flashy. At the running back position you don’t have to have elite speed to be successful and he’s able to navigate traffic to get yards. But one thing that stands out is his long speed which does limit some of his long chunk runs and he doesn’t always show the burst needed to hit open holes like you would want. All minor issues.

 

Outlook

Year two in Lane Kiffin’s offense should only enhance Singletary’s track record and get him ready for the NFL, whenever he decides to enter. However it looks like Singletary is a good but not great back. He’s got starting traits and can play in about any offense. But for him to have success he need to run downhill more than lateral. That doesn’t matter if it’s a zone blocking or gap/man scheme as he can put a foot down and go or even stop and start. But the more he goes lateral the bigger chance he has to get tackled in the backfield.

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