Here are five things to know about the Buffalo Bills third-round selection Devin Singletary from Florida Atlantic University.
1. He set records in college – a lot of them. Singletary is the Florida Atlantic career leader in yards from scrimmage with 4,289, passing Alfred Morris (3,529). He also holds the single-season rushing record with 1,920 yards, again topping Morris.
Against Rice in 2016, he set the school’s record for yards in a single game with 254.
He finished his college career with 66 rushing touchdowns, 32 of which came during the 2017 season. That was the most by a back in the nation.
2. He’s been compared to LeSean McCoy. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network said on a conference call before the draft that Singletary reminded him of a “less athletic LeSean McCoy.”
While he isn’t a speed demon (he ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine), Singletary has plenty of elusiveness that might remind Bills fans of Shady.
Pro Football Focus reported that Singletary forced 96 missed tackles, second in the nation.
3. His nickname is ‘Motor,’ the same as his father’s was. The monkier refers to Singletary’s hard-nosed running style reminiscent of the elder Singletary.
He told the Bowling Green Daily News in 2018 that he was first called “Little Motor” before he began playing high school ball and his talent was displayed.
4. One of his biggest motivators is a lost friend. In May 2016, Singletary’s friend and fellow American Heritage-Delray High School running back Greg Bryant was shot and killed while in a car in Palm Beach County.
Bryant, then a senior, was like a mentor for Singletary and taught the young back how to train himself.
5. He’s only 5-foot-7, but he is sure his game will translate well to the pros. “There are multiple examples of people I can show you that were my size that balled,” Singletary told the Orlando Sentinel.
“There are plenty of guys that were my size that have done well in the league. … I don’t feel like that’ll hinder me at all.”