Florida Atlantic University’s football program celebrated two players taken in Saturday’s NFL Draft. Keith Reaser, a cornerback, was taken in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers while classmate Randell Johnson, a linebacker, was taken in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills.
“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.”
The drafted duo will join Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals; Lestar Jean, Houston Texans, Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins and David Hinds, Tennessee Titans, as NFL roster members. Reaser and Johnson are the first Owls to be taken in the same draft.
Reaser saw action in 40 games as an Owl. He was on his way to an outstanding senior season until an injury sidelined the south Florida native midway through his final season. Reaser saw action in 40 games primarily as a corner, but also contributed as a return specialist. He tallied 158 tackles, including seven for a loss of 17 yards. He recorded five career interceptions.
Johnson saw action in 42 games as an Owl. He tallied 195 tackles at linebacker, on special teams and as a situational defensive lineman. The Miami native also well go down as a leader in tackles for a loss with 30.5 for a loss of 112 yards.