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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Florida Atlantic
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  The FAU Owls' top pass rusher has his sights set on the NFL and won't return to the program for the 2021 season. Leighton McCarthy, who signed with the National Sports Agency, announced on social media Friday afternoon that he's leaving Florida Atlantic with the hopes of landing on an NFL roster. After making the move from defensive end to outside linebacker during the offseason, McCarthy was named to the All-Conference-USA second team after the 2020 season after leading the conference in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (12.5). - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#32 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Leighton McCarthyFlorida Atlantic
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  FAU linebacker Caliph Brice announced on Thursday that he's going to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to college football players and return to the Owls for the 2021 season. After two years at Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.), Brice joined FAU in 2019 and immediately contributed during the Owls' Conference USA title-winning season, recording 28 tackles (11 solo), a sack and an interception in 13 games played. Brice stepped into a starting role in 2020 after the departure of multiple linebackers during the offseason and increased his production, ending the year with 54 tackles (22 solo), four tackles-for-losses and recovering two fumbles in eight games. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Caliph BriceFlorida Atlantic
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  01/13/21 - Johnny FordrSo/2023, Florida Atlantic, 5-05, 172 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Former South Florida running back Johnny Ford announced on social media Tuesday morning that he will transfer to FAU. Ford, who attended Miami High School, rushed for 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns on 189 carries in 24 games from 2018-20 with the Bulls. He added 352 yards in the air on 31 receptions for four touchdowns. The Miami native departed from USF in late-November. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ford had been suspended multiple times during his tenure with the Bulls for unspecified team-rules violations. He missed a couple of games during the 2020 season due to contact tracing related to the novel coronavirus, finishing the year with 285 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries. Ford also had 15 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown last season and was used more on kick returns, recording 321 kick-return yards on 13 attempts in 2020 after having five kick returns the previous two seasons. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB Johnny FordFlorida Atlantic
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  One of the FAU Owls' top defensive back will return for the 2021 season. After Florida Atlantic coach Willie Taggart said last month that he was one of the two Owls who were considering declaring for the NFL draft, senior cornerback Zyon Gilbert announced on social media Thursday evening that he's returning to the program for a final season. Gilbert, who switched to cornerback from safety for the season, recorded an interception and was fifth on the team in tackles (46) this past season, which was second behind safety Jordan Helm among defensive backs. He started and played in all nine games in 2020. Gilbert's recorded 197 tackles and three interceptions during his four-year career with FAU, winning the C-USA title with the Owls in 2017 and 2019. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#87 CB) rSr/2022 CB Zyon GilbertFlorida Atlantic
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DE-Leighton McCarthy, R-Sr., Florida Atlantic,...McCarthy ranks No. 1 in C-USA, and tied for fourth nationally in all of FBS, with 9.0 sacks, and also leads C-USA with 12.5 tackles for loss (16th nationally). He actually played game one at a new position, outside linebacker, and earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors with a career-high 10 tackles, 4.0 of which went for loss, and 3.0 sacks (both of those latter numbers second highest by a league player in a game). Since, he has played a hybrid role, mostly on the line, but hasn't missed a beat, with at least one TFL in every game but one. That included four consecutive games with sacks, including 2.5 in a Shula Bowl win over rival FIU. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#32 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Leighton McCarthyFlorida Atlantic
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  01/03/21 - Matt HayballrSo/2023, Florida Atlantic, 6-1, 180 (DS#5 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): P - Matt Hayball, R-So., Florida Atlantic,...Defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#5 P) rSo/2023 P Matt HayballFlorida Atlantic
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  2020 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: WR & PR-LaJohntay Wester, Florida Atlantic,...Wester, a true freshman, has been a jack-of-all-trades for Owls, as successful rusher, receiver and returner, and he leads the team with 478 all-purpose yards on the season. He's caught 14 passes (fourth on the team) for 95 yards, rushed for 34 more, and has done a ton of damage in the return game. On the punt return side, he's returned 10 for 89 yards, with a long of 27 against UTSA; on kickoffs, he averages 21.7 per, 12 for 260, with gains of 37 against Marshall and 32 at FIU. He's fourth in the league in kick return average, and second in punt return average. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR LaJohntay WesterFlorida Atlantic
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Zyon Gilbert, Sr., Florida Atlantic,...Defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#87 CB) rSr/2022 CB Zyon GilbertFlorida Atlantic
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  01/03/21 - Teja YoungJr/2022, Florida Atlantic, 5-11, 190 (DS#59 FS) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Teja Young, R-So., Florida Atlantic,...Defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#59 FS) Jr/2022 FS Teja YoungFlorida Atlantic
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Jordan Helm, R-Sr., Florida Atlantic,...Defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#999 FS) Sr/2021 FS Jordan HelmFlorida Atlantic
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB - Caliph Brice, Sr., Florida Atlantic,...Additionally, six of McCarthy's fellow defenders - defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Caliph BriceFlorida Atlantic
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  01/03/21 - Ahman RossrJr/2022, Florida Atlantic, 5-11, 200 (DS#62 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB - Ahman Ross, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic,...Defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#62 SS) rJr/2022 SS Ahman RossFlorida Atlantic
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DT - Jaylen Joyner, R-So., Florida Atlantic,...Additionally, six of McCarthy's fellow defenders - defensive tackle Jaylen Joyner, linebackers Caliph Brice and Ahman Ross, and defensive backs Zyon Gilbert, Jordan Helm and Teja Young - were tabbed as Honorable Mention, as was redshirt sophomore punter Matt Hayball. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#22 DE) rSo/2023 DE Jaylen JoynerFlorida Atlantic
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  It looks like the FAU Owls will add a second former Penn State player to their 2021 recruiting class. Former Nittany Lions wide receiver John Dunmore announced on his Instagram story on Thursday that he's going to transfer to Florida Atlantic. His transfer to the Owls will reunite him with Michael Johnson Jr., a former Penn State quarterback who joined FAU's 2021 recruiting class as a transfer on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound wide receiver was ranked as a four-star prospect after finishing his high school career at Chaminade-Madonna. He also played at American Heritage-Delray and Cardinal Gibbons. He played one game for Penn State against Purdue on Oct. 5, 2019. Dunmore redshirted the 2019 season, withdrew from the program in October and has been training in Florida, according to 247 Sports. He is expected to join FAU as a redshirt freshman and have four years of eligibility left. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR John DunmoreFlorida Atlantic
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  Florida Atlantic has lost two more football players for the season after redshirt junior quarterback Justin Agner and graduate wide receiver Aaron Young decided to opt out under COVID-19 rules. Seven Owls have now opted out of the season. "Justin opted out about two weeks ago," coach Willie Taggart said Wednesday. "Young opted out this week." In early August, senior safety Quran Hafiz was the first player to opt out. In September, two more players - redshirt freshman La'Darious Henry and redshirt sophomore Cordel Littlejohn - decided not to play this fall. Before the delayed season opener against Charlotte on Oct. 3, wide receiver Eyin Cole and defensive back Jaylon Worsham opted out, bringing the total to five. With Agner and Young opting out, the total is now seven. - Palm Beach Post

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Aaron YoungFlorida Atlantic
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