MARSHALL, Texas – A year has gone by since Kendall Roberson’s pro day at Texas Tech University and looks from NFL teams. Now, Roberson, a former East Texas Baptist University football standout, will have another chance to play professional football receiving a tryout with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
“It’s a blessing to be able to get back on the field and represent for my family, ETBU, and be a part of a respected team. I am ready to work,” said Roberson.
Roberson had a strong two-year career at ETBU that finished with a stellar senior season in 2015. He helped to lead ETBU to a three-way tie for the American Southwest Conference Championship ran rushed for over 1,600 yards recording 24 touchdowns. In the NCAA Division III, he finished in the top five in three different categories. He was fourth in rushing yards per game (162.6) and fifth in rushing yards.
ETBU head football coach Scott Highsmith said, “Kendall is a great running back and person. I think Winnipeg as mad a great choice that will benefit them greatly.”
He made history for ETBU and put his name as a top five running back for single game performances in all NCAA on October 24, 2015, when he rushed for 420 yards against Belhaven University. Carrying the ball 33 times, he found the end zone five times. The 420 yards rushing is the 8th best all0time in the NCAA and sixth best in NCAA Division III.
In his career, he was a two-time All-ASC first-team selection and won the ASC Player of the Week four times. He went on to be named to the D3football.com All-South Region second-team, also.
ETBU has had several players in their program receive tryouts in the NFL and indoor football. Recently, Stephen Alfred played two years in a Texas indoor league and Xavier Davis is currently with the Salina Liberty of the Champions Indoor Football League. In 2013, wide receiver Jamaine Sherman signed an unrestricted free-agent contract with the St. Louis Rams and punter Scott Verhalen also has a tryout in the NFL.