For the first time in program history, Florida Atlantic Football has had two players selected in the NFL Draft.
On Saturday, defensive back Reaser Keith Reaser was selected in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers with the 170th pick, and linebacker Randell Johnson followed suit later in the seventh as the 221st pick by the Buffalo Bills.
“It’s a dream come true for him”, said Keith Reaser Senior of his son’s accomplishment in a post on Facebook.
“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.”
Playing in 40 games as an Owl, Reaser was sidelined by injury during the 2013 season. His career numbers were still impressive while tallying 158 total tackles - including seven for a loss - and also recording five interceptions.
Johnson saw action in 42 games, registering 195 career tackles at a variety of positions including linebacker, defensive line, and special teams. He currently holds the record in tackles for a loss with 30.5 totaling 112 yards.
With their additions, the duo bring FAU’s current league participation total to seven players, which also includes Rusty Smith (Giants), Rob Housler (Cardinals), Lestar Jean (Vikings), Alfred Morris (Redskins), and David Hinds (Titans).
All stem from the tutelage of former Head Coach and program founder Howard Schnellenberger.