May 10, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL -
Florida Atlantic University's football program celebrated two players taken in Saturday's NFL Draft. Keith Reaser, a cornerback, was taken in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers while classmate Randell Johnson, a linebacker, was taken in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills.
"I'm excited for the two Florida Atlantic football players that got drafted to the NFL today," said FAU Head Coach Charlie Partridge. "It is another indicator that our program is on an upward trend after only 13 seasons."
The drafted duo will join quarterback Rusty Smith, NY Giants (originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans); Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals; Lestar Jean, Houston Texans, Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins and David Hinds, Tennessee Titans, as NFL roster members. Reaser and Johnson are the first Owls to be taken in the same draft.
Reaser saw action in 40 games as an Owl. He was on his way to an outstanding senior season until an injury sidelined the South Florida native midway through his final season. Reaser played primarily as a corner, but also contributed as a return specialist. He tallied 158 tackles, including seven for a loss of 17 yards. He also recorded five career interceptions.
Johnson played in 42 games at FAU. He tallied 195 tackles at linebacker, defensive line and on special teams. The Miami native also went down as a leader in tackles for a loss with 30.5 for a loss of 112 yards.
While the duo are the first to be drafted in the same class, Housler and Jean joined the NFL the same season. Housler as a draftee and Jean as a free agent.
Evenly dispersed:Currently, three former FAU players on NFL rosters on the defensive side of the ball: Smith, Housler and Jean. Reaser, Johnson and Hinds represent FAU on NFL rosters on the defensive side of the ball.
Six former FAU players are on an NFL roster from a program that began playing football in 2001.
More Owls are expected to be picked up as free agents.