Owls play­ers bust out Touch­down Chain

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Colleges - By David Furones South Florida Sun Sentinel

BOCA RA­TON — Florida At­lantic has taken a lik­ing to its new Touch­down Chain since it de­buted last week in the Owls’ home opener against Air Force.

FAU, specif­i­cally Devin “Mo­tor” Sin­gle­tary, got to wear it sev­eral times early against BethuneCook­man on Satur­day evening.

The Owls like how the cel­e­bra­tory jew­elry is in­clu­sive to vir­tu­ally all play­ers and not just those on de­fense that cre­ate take­aways like the Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes’ Turnover Chain that UM started hand­ing out last sea­son.

“We did the Touch­down Chain be­cause on of­fense you can’t re­ally get a turnover but ev­ery­one can score a touch­down,” FAU tight end Har­ri­son Bryant said this past week.

While any player can get the Touch­down Chain, some, of course, will get it more of­ten than oth­ers.

Sin­gle­tary donned the chain four times in the first quar­ter, rush­ing for touch­downs of 7, 18, 2 and 1 yard, and had another 2-yard score in the se­cond that gave him the school’s sin­gle-game rush­ing touch­downs record.

Sin­gle­tary may nat­u­rally get to wear it most of­ten since he scores the most, but he is gen­er­ous with his line­men.

“If Mo­tor wears the Touch­down Chain, he came to us and was like, ‘Man, this for y’all boys,’ of­fen­sive guard An­to­nio Riles said this past week. “That’s what I like about Mo­tor. It’s not just about him. He’s one of the most self­less dudes I met in my life.

“He came up to us when we were sit­ting down on the side­line. He was like, ‘This ain’t just me. This just y’all.’ He’s point­ing at the chain. I thought that was dope.”

In ad­di­tion to Sin­gle­tary, who also was first to wear it in the home opener against Air Force, re­ceivers Jovon Du­rante and Wil­lie Wright earned chain-wear­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in that game.

Jalen Young out

Safety Jalen Young missed Satur­day’s game against BethuneCook­man with an undis­closed in­jury.

Qu­ran Hafiz started in place of Young at strong safety. He forced a fum­ble that the Owls ended up re­cov­er­ing, but it was over­turned as of­fi­cials said the run­ner’s knee was down.

Young left last week’s game against Air Force late in the first half when he walked off on his own. He is ex­pected back for the UCF game on Fri­day.

Motoring up the charts

Sin­gle­tary moved into sole pos­ses­sion of No. 2 on the Owls’ ca­reer rush­ing lead­ers list on his third carry on Satur­day, which went for a 7-yard touch­down on FAU’s open­ing drive.

He passed Charles Pierre, who ac­cu­mu­lated 3,069 yards from 2004 to 2008, and now only has Al­fred Mor­ris (3,529) ahead of him. Sin­gle­tary got to the mark in nearly 200 fewer car­ries than Pierre.

The touch­down run also made it the 16th con­sec­u­tive game for Sin­gle­tary with a touch­down, which is a Con­fer­ence USA record.

Lo­cal fla­vor

Bethune-Cook­man, which is in Day­tona Beach, has 20 play­ers from the South Florida tri-county area on the ros­ter.

Two of them started on Satur­day — wide re­ceiver Keavon Mitchell (Flana­gan), who scored a touch­down late in the first half, and cor­ner­back El­liott Miller (Mi­ami Nor­land). Uriel Her­nan­dez (Homestead) is the team’s place kicker.

The Wild­cats also have South Broward, Car­di­nal Gib­bons, Palm Beach Lakes, Dil­lard, Ever­glades, Dwyer, McArthur, Blanche Ely and Boyd An­der­son rep­re­sented on the ros­ter.

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