Florida Atlantic offensive lineman Jack Breshears retires after shoulder injury

Florida Atlantic offensive lineman Jack Breshears, 21, has retired because of a nagging shoulder injury. (FAUSports.com)

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin is down another offensive lineman on the eve of his second spring camp, as a team spokesperson confirmed that rising redshirt junior Jack Breshears is no longer with the program due to a lingering shoulder injury.

Breshears, 21, saw action in six games two seasons ago before suffering a season-ending injury in Oct. 2016. Though Breshears practiced last summer and was considered a potential option to win a starting offensive-line job before losing out to Jakobi Smith, the then-sophomore saw limited action before apparently re-aggravating the injury.

A source told The Post on Sunday night that Breshears “no longer had the same passion he did for football when (former FAU coach) Charlie Partridge was there.” Breshears was the rare out-of-state recruit by Partridge, signing with FAU from Batavia High School (Ill.) in 2015.

With most of last year’s starting offensive linemen graduating, Breshears would have likely had an opportunity to compete for a starting job.

Breshears is still attending classes at FAU in hopes of getting his business degree.

FAU is struggling to keep veteran offensive linemen healthy and ready to play. Fifth-year senior Matt Murphy retired last month to take a job with the athletic department’s marketing team, and former walk-on Matt Weiner, a Suncoast graduate who tore his ACL in August, is also not listed on the current spring roster.

Though tackle Bryan Beck is listed on the roster, there is skepticism that the rising redshirt junior will continue to play. A team spokesperson said Beck has not yet received a medical exemption, which would enable FAU to use his scholarship on another player while still paying for him to attend school, though he could apply for one later.

FAU will begin its second spring camp under Kiffin on Tuesday.