BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State linebacker Elandon Roberts is one of 30 players named as a candidate for the 2012 FCS National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) announced today.
The watch lists are a rough guide, highlighting freshmen whose performances merit recognition. Freshmen are not preemptively eliminated from consideration, and all players are eligible for weekly, annual, and career awards at their respective positions.
Roberts, a true freshman from Port Arthur, Texas, is off to a tremendous start for his collegiate career. He was named to the Bears starting defensive unit as a linebacker during the preseason and has already posted two double-digit tackle performances. Roberts was selected MEAC Rookie of the Week following a season-high 14 tackles in a win at North Carolina A&T (Oct. 13).
The 6-1, 225-pounder has recorded a team-high 60 tackles, including seven tackles for loss (ranked No. 11), a sack and an interception this season. He is ranked No. 6 among the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference leading tacklers.
He is averaging 8.6 tackles per game.
Previous FBS recipients include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (2011), South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (2010), and Oregon running back LaMichael James (2009). FCS recipients include Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke (2011) and Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee (2010).