By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Two important pieces of the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls Conference USA Champion football team came from the college’s backyard at neighboring American Heritage School in Delray Beach. Kicker Greg Joseph, a senior at FAU, is now the leader in career field goals for the Owls. Devin “Motor” Singletary, a sophomore, led the nation in touchdowns scored with 30 scampers into the end-zone. Let’s rephrase that, led the nation, six better than second place Rashaad Penny’s 24 touchdowns. Penny is the running back for San Diego State University and a 2017 Heisman Trophy contender – the top individual performance award accolade in NCAA Football Division I. At one point this season, FAU fans had #MotorForHeisman trending on Twitter.
The top touchdown scorer in college football from the Sunshine State besides Motor was Tre-Quan Smith, a wide receiver with the University of Central Florida Knights. Smith scored 14 touchdowns, not even half the total of Motor’s FAU record 30 touchdowns scored in 2017. Motor was Conference USA’s Player of the Year for 2017. Motor was the first FAU player ever named “All-American” status when he was recently named to the Associated Press’ (AP) All-American list, again one of the top accolades in college football normally reserved for players from Notre Dame, Ohio State, UF, FSU, Miami, etc.
Long before he scampered down the sidelines with lightning speed scoring touchdowns this regular season to lead the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls football team in nine straight wins and their first Conference USA Championship, Motor starred at running back for the American Heritage School Stallions in Delray Beach. In his senior year for the Stallions, Motor ran for 1700 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. He led American Heritage School to consecutive Class 3A State Championship games. Motor received scholarship offers from the University of Illinois, FSU, the “U” (University of Miami), UNC (North Carolina), Wake Forest University and UConn. He verbally committed to Illinois but fell in love with FAU’s campus and football facilities and swayed to the Owls. This year, he led the FAU program in hosting their first championship game at Howard Schnellenberger Field and FAU Stadium. The FAU Owls Football team finished the regular season with a 10 win, 3 loss season including (9-0 in Conference USA play). The Owls earned their third ever bowl appearance (FAU won the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and won the 2008 Motor City Bowl) in the 2017 Cheribundt Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl vs. the Akron Zips led by legendary coach Terry Bowden at FAU Stadium’s Howard Schnellenberger Field.
“You know it’s been great and I’m in great company but you know I couldn’t do it without my teammates. We push each other when we’re going against the defense. This seems real. We always had the mindset that we wanted to win. Now we’re having fun doing it,” Devin “Motor” Singletary said.
Owl’s kicker Greg Joseph is also an American Heritage School Stallions alum. A little over five years ago, Joseph walked-on as an FAU freshman and eventually earned a scholarship. Five years later Joesph was the FAU all-time leader in field goals and extra point’s attempts and extra points scored. Against the University of North Texas Mean Green during regular season Conference USA play, Joseph recorded 15 points in FAU’s record-setting points scored (69 points in their regular season win against North Texas) with two field goals (44,24) and nine extra points. He also booted 11 kickoffs that night. In the Conference USA Championship also vs. North Texas, Joseph connected on two-of-three field goal attempts in the Conference USA Championship. Joseph was named an Honorable Mention for Conference USA’s Post Season Team. He is a graduate student at FAU in his final season.
During his FAU career, Joseph has made 57 field goals and 160 extra points, his career long field goal is 54 yards and he has booted 269 kickoffs with 167 of those kicks resulting in touchbacks. Joseph holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and is seeking an MBA from FAU. He was a semi-finalist for The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the top college football placekicker in the United States by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The award is named after former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Brown player Lou Groza. It has been presented since 1992.