BOCA RATON, Fla. - The football trio of Harrison Bryant, "Motor" Devin Singletary and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. represented Florida Atlantic University on the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, as announced by the C-USA office on Tuesday.
Bryant played in every game in 2016 and drew one start (Rice). The freshman, from Gary, Ga., grabbed his first collegiate reception versus Ball State, a 16-yarder, and his playing time increased throughout the season. Bryant, one of just six players on the Owls' roster who did not play high school football in Florida, ended his first collegiate campaign with six receptions for a total of 63 yards. His longest was a 20-yard reception at Marshall.
Another freshman Owl to play in every game was Devin "Motor" Singletary. The speedy local product saw action as a rusher, receiver and kick returner. He is the first freshman Owl in the program's 16-year history to break the 1,000-yard plateau and he did so in part with two monster games. He tallied 257 rushing yards at Rice and was C-USA Co-Player of the Week. The final game of the season, at Middle Tennessee, he tallied 235 to conclude his first collegiate season with 1,021 yards. He also scored three times versus MT to bring his rushing scores to 12, just one shy of teammate "Buddy" Gregory Howell, Jr., who set the program's all-time single-season rushing TD record this year as well with 13. Singletary holds FAU's all-time top two single-game records for all-purpose yards, his highest being 396 at MT. He concluded the regular-season ranked nationally in five categories (all-purpose yards, rushing yards per carry, rushing TDs, rushing yards and total TDs). He was also a Paul Hornung Honor Roll weekly selection. He is just the third individual to complete a FAU season with 1,000 yards. Alfred Morris did so in 2009 and 2011 as did Charles Pierre in 2008.
The third FAU player honored was kick returner Kerrith Whyte. Whyte, also a Palm Beach County resident, saw action in 11 games. He ended the regular season No. 3 nationally in combined kick returns and No. 1 in C-USA. His 25.7 kick return average ranked him No. 21 nationally and No. 3 among C-USA schools. Whyte tallied 38 returns for 1,002 yards, second all-time behind DiIvory Edgecomb's 1,155 in 2007. Whyte's longest was 63 yards. He also was a vital member of FAU's offense, ending the year with 43 carries for a total of 145 yards for an average of 3.4 yards per carry and he had one score versus Ball State. He had a team-high 10 carries at Kansas State for a total of 54 yards. Whyte added five receptions on the year for a total of 21 yards.
The three players selected to the C-USA All-Freshman team is the second most in the program's history. Offensive lineman Reggie Bain was the first selected to a C-USA All-Freshman team in 2014. Four were selected in 2015 with Azeez Al-Shaair, Ocie Rose, Jalen Young and Casey Winner earning a spot. While Bain was sidelined in 2016, Al-Shaair led FAU with 113 tackles, Young and Rose each recorded two interceptions to lead the Owls and Young led the team much of the season in tackles and ended his second campaign with 100. Winner continued to provide the long snaps for a strong special teams unit.
Each of the eight C-USA All-Freshman selections are expected to return to the field in 2017 to lead the Owls.