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Former Indiana QB Roberson Tranfers to Illinois State

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[June 19, 2014] NORMAL – Just days after announcing that he was transferring from Indiana, former Hoosier quarterback Tre Roberson was added to the Illinois State football roster by head coach Brock Spack on Monday.

The 6-foot, 203-pound redshirt junior enrolled in summer courses at ISU, will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play in 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules. In 23 career games with the Hoosiers, Roberson completed 197-of-330 pass attempts (59.7 percent) for 2,433 yards and 20 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. Also a threat with his feet, Roberson rushed for 982 yards on 206 carries and scored 10 touchdowns over the past three seasons.

“We know a lot about Tre and his abilities as a quarterback,” Spack stated. “We have had a lot of success recruiting Indianapolis and the surrounding areas and knew about Tre coming out of high school, his success and the high-level coaching he received. He continued that with his experience at Indiana and Tre is a very different option for us in that he can really run and throw on the run well. He certainly will add a different dimension to our quarterback position with his skill set alongside Blake (Winkler), Adam (Pittser), Jake (Kolbe) and Trevor (Rea).”

Last season, Roberson appeared in all 12 games and started four times. The Indianapolis, Ind., native completed 83-of-138 pass attempts (60.1 percent) for 1,128 yards with 15 touchdowns. His best performance of the season came in win a over Purdue, when he went 25-for-37 (67.6 percent) for 273 yards and matched an IU single-game record with a career-high six scores en route to being named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. He added a career-best 151 rushing yards on 22 carries against the Boilermakers to finish the game with a career-high 427 total yards, which ranks sixth on IU's single-game list.

He saw limited action in his second season at IU, after he suffered a broken leg in the second game of the 2012 season and received a medical redshirt. As a freshman in 2011, Roberson became the first true freshman quarterback in IU history to start a game and was just the second to play for the Hoosiers at the position. As one of just 12 true freshman quarterbacks to start nationally in 2011, Roberson started five games, played in nine and threw for 937 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions to go along with 426 rushing yards on 109 carries with two scores.

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“Like anyone else, he will need to get situated here, learn the playbook, get to know his teammates and coaches, and get a head start academically,” Spack stated. “That is the first test for transfers and by no stretch of the imagination does he think he is going to be the guy. Tre knows that he will have to compete with good players to earn the job this fall.”

Coming out of Lawrence Central High School, Roberson was rated the No. 11 prospect in Indiana and the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback nationally by Following his senior season, Roberson was selected as Indiana Mr. Football and was named a 2010 Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-States selection. He also earned the Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year award and Indianapolis Star All-Marion County Player of the Year award.

In his final prep campaign, Roberson passed for 2,611 yards with 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions, rushed for 1,992 yards and 21 scores and led Lawrence Central to a 13-2 record and its first 5A state championship game appearance. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.



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