- Jake Elman Special to The Post
Florida Atlantic running back Devin “Motor” Singletary continued his incredible 2017 season Wednesday by becoming the first running back in Conference USA history to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
One of seven FAU players named to C-USA’s All-First Team on Tuesday, Singletary (American Heritage-Delray) has run for 1,794 yards and an FBS-high 29 touchdowns through 13 games. Singletary also leads the nation in total touchdowns (30) and most points by a non-kicker (180).
This season alone, Singletary has broken both FAU’s single-season and program record for touchdowns, surpassing Alfred Morris’ 27. Entering the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl later this month, Singletary is tied with FAU running backs coach and former UCF star Kevin Smith for the conference record for rushing touchdowns in a single season.
Singletary also broke Morris’ 2009 single-season rushing yards record at FAU and, currently at 2,815 yards, could pass the current Dallas Cowboys running back’s career record of 3,531 as early as next September.
Despite the record-breaking numbers, Singletary did not win Conference USA’s Offensive Player of the Year award, an honor that instead went to North Texas quarterback Mason Fine.
FAU coach Lane Kiffin praised Singletary during Tuesday’s Boca Raton Bowl press conference, acknowledging that the sophomore’s statistics are “pretty amazing.”
“That’s obviously a big accomplishment,” Kiffin said. “There’s a lot of great players in this conference and to be able to do that, I don’t think it’s surprising.… He’s doing that as a true sophomore.”
Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun agreed with Kiffin on how special they believe Singletary’s season has been.
“(Singletary winning) is a no-doubter,” Chun said. “He is the best player in our league, he is surrounded by some of the best players in our league, so for him to be the most valuable player on the best team in the conference makes the most sense.”
Singletary was not made available for comment on Wednesday.