Scouting Running Back Donovan Roberts
Donovan Roberts
Donovan Roberts
Director of Scouting
Posted Apr 8, 2011
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Running back Donovan Roberts rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in 2010 for Norman High School in Norman, Okla. He has scholarship offers from as far away as Michigan and Arizona. Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy takes a look at him in action.

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Donovan Roberts listed at 5'11/185 pounds ran for nearly 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior after breaking the one thousand yard barrier as a sophomore at Norman High School in Norman, Okla.

He is the type of runner who isn't the biggest player on the field, but he runs as if he's the biggest player on the field. He is a power back in a scat back body who keeps his knees and elbows churning while fighting and twisting for every inch of real estate he can get.

Roberts isn't blessed with great size or speed of an elite running back, but what he is blessed with is the most important asset an elite running back can have: balance.

Roberts has a wicked spin move, one that he can employ as he's approaching a defender, or remarkably off of the back of a defender who has gone low to try and take his legs. After watching roughly 60 carries across two games, I only saw him get tripped up going between the tackles once. The other 59 carries needed at least one defender fully wrapping him up.

Roberts has good patience and vision in setting up his blocks and he's capable of making a quick cut. He will run to contact and try and break a tackle typically before trying to make a defender miss.

And while it won't show up on a highlight because pass protection isn't much of a highlight, scouts pay attention to the fact that he is an excellent blocker.

Roberts currently has scholarship offers from Arizona, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, and Tulsa.

Here are two games of him in action against Del City and Moore.

#28 RB Donovan Roberts


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