Owls scout team gets a boost

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - Matthew DeFranks

BOCA RA­TON — Two of Florida At­lantic’s most re­cent ad­di­tions won’t see the field this season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have an im­pact. Re­ceiver and quar­ter­back

have to sit out this year due to NCAA trans­fer rules, rel­e­gated to run­ning FAU’s scout team of­fenses. Du­rante trans­ferred from West Vir­ginia and has two years of el­i­gi­bil­ity re­main­ing. Ro­bi­son was dis­missed from Ok­la­homa and has all four years of el­i­gi­bil­ity left.

FAU coach said get­ting Du­rante to Boca Ra­ton was a coup for the pro­gram that might not have been avail­able a year later if he at­tended a ju­nior col­lege in­stead of West Vir­ginia. Du­rante grad­u­ated from Mi­ra­mar.

“I think if he was in ju­nior col­lege, he’d be one of the top ju­nior col­lege re­ceivers in the coun­try,” Kif­fin said. “We prob­a­bly wouldn’t be able to touch him. He’d be go­ing some­where else. … We were very for­tu­nate that he be­came avail­able and that he wanted to come home. You can see al­ready that he’s a spe­cial tal­ent.”

Kif­fin said Du­rante would com­pete in the spring to start. For Ro­bi­son, the praise came after his first day of prac­tice, when Kif­fin likened him to for­mer Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner

When asked if re­ceiver was avail­able for Fri­day night’s game, Kif­fin said he would not dis­cuss dis­ci­pline. Solomon re-joined the Owls on Aug. 12 after an ab­sence due to his al­leged in­volve­ment in an off-cam­pus fight.

Jovon Du­rante Lane Kif­fin Next game: Johnny Manziel. Kam­rin Solomon Chris Ro­bi­son

Navy at FAU, Fri­day, 8 p.m., ESPNU

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