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    Brandon Roberson
    Brandon Roberson

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Pearland, Texas

    High School:
    Pearland

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 200

    Position:
    RB

    Birthdate:
    10/17/1985



    General: Primarily played a reserve role at running back and kickoff returner ... Started two career games ... Provided NU with some outstanding depth at the running back position ... Tremendous vision, as well as great elusiveness and quickness ... A solid receiver ... One of just a few players in NU history who have ran, caught and thrown a touchdown ... Closed career with 562 rushing yards (5 TD's) and 164 receiving yards.

    2007: Co-recipient of NU's Rashidi Wheeler Award ... Replaced an injured Tyrell Sutton versus Nevada and delivered a career-best performance, which included a career-long 76-yard scamper (NU's longest run from scrimmage since Dec. 26, 2003) ... Finished with his first career 100-yard day -- 128 rushing yards on 13 carries (9.8 ypc) and a TD ... Started against Duke and finished the game as NU's leading rusher with 80 yards (3.8 ypc) and a TD (5-yard run) ... Also had an 8-yard reception vs. Duke ... Notched 13 rushing yards vs. Michigan ... 21 rushing yards and a 2-yard reception at Michigan State ... Totaled 44 yards (11 carries) and added an 11-yard pass reception in opener vs. Northeastern ... Had seven rushing yards and two receptions for eight yards at Ohio State ... Totaled four rushes for 16 yards against Minnesota, but two of his four carries went for touchdowns ... Also had a 47-yard reception ... Totaled 29 rushing yards and 16 receiving yards vs. Eastern Michigan ... Threw his second career TD pass to Kim Thompson off a Statue of Liberty play against Indiana ... Play went for 15 yards ... Also had a 7-yard reception in that game.

    2006: Backup tailback ... Also returned kickoffs ... Scored his season's first touchdown on a 7-yard run vs. Purdue ... One of his career highlights came against Michigan State, when he tossed an 18-yard TD pass to Shaun Herbert off a halfback option play ... Sat out Iowa game with a concussion.

    2005: Earned the starting assignment at running back in NU's season opener, but suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter (vs. Ohio) ... Totaled just three carries ... Came back to play sparingly vs. Northern Illinois, registering 14 yards on a pair of carries ... Did not play at Arizona State and vs. Penn State ... Returned a kickoff 81 yards vs. Wisconsin, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty ... Had one carry (3 yards) vs. the Badgers ... Scored his first college TD when he caught an 11-yard pass from Brett Basanez to give NU a 28-9 lead at Purdue ... Also had three rushes in the contest ... Totaled a season-best 64 rushing yards, including a 31-yard run, at Michigan State ... Averaged 7.1 ypc vs. the Spartans ... Ran for 42 yards, which included a career-long 33-yard run, against Michigan (averaged 10.5 ypc) ... 13 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards (two catches) at Illinois ... Had 29 rushing yards and a 15-yard kick return vs. UCLA in the Sun Bowl.

    2004: Backup running back and kickoff returner ... Earned his first two collegiate carries at Michigan: two rushes for 15 yards.

    High School: Closed his illustrious career as the eighth all-time leading rusher in Texas Class 5A history (5,235 yards) ... Scored 65 career TD's ... SuperPrep All-Southwest Region ... Two-time first-team All-Greater Houston honoree ... Two-time District 23-5A Offensive MVP ... 2003 Touchdown Club of Houston preseason All-Greater Houston team ... Named to 2003 NFL Global Junior Championship USA team, which played four other foreign teams during Super Bowl week in January 2004 ... Led all Class 5A rushers and the Houston area in 2002 with a school-record 2,294 yards and 25 touchdowns ... Named a second-team all-state selection as a junior ... Totaled 1,688 yards on 221 carries (7.2 ypc) and 19 touchdowns in 2003 ... Also had 20 receptions for 273 yards and six touchdowns in 2003, including an 80-yard scoring reception that won a game ... Set the Oilers' single-game rushing record with 347 yards vs. Baytown Lee in 2002 ... As a sophomore and junior, played with current NU center Trevor Rees ... The Oilers compiled a 31-4 record during his three-year tenure, including a 10-0 mark as a sophomore when he ran for 1,243 yards and 15 TD's ... Also lettered in track ... Recipient of school's Distinguished Presidential Award ... Houston Chronicle Boys Athlete of the Week ... Coached by Tony Heath.

    Personal: Born Brandon James Roberson on 10/17/85 ... Son of Glenn and Marcia Roberson ... His first cousin, Earl Cooper, played for the NFL's 49ers and Saints ... Chose NU over Utah and Kansas ... Communication studies major.

    The Roberson File
    Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
    A:   Politician by Lil Wayne
         So Tired of Being Alone by Al Green
         I Get Money by 50 cent
         PYT by Michael Jackson
         Get in my car by 50 cent
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Jesus
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: To not let anyone tell me that I can't do something.
    Q: A song that best describes you?
    A: Teach Me by Musiq Soulchild
    Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
    A: I write music
    Q: My favorite place to visit is:
    A: San Diego, Calif.
    Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team?
    A: Gerard Hamlett
    Q: My favorite thing about NU is:
    A: My teammates and friends
    Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is:
    A: Learn to be a hardworking, responsible person
    Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
    A: Wow, compassionate, intense, serious, motivator
    Q: Describe your position coach (Matt MacPherson) in five words or less:
    A: Funny, tough, smart, caring, driven
    Q: Most humbling experience:
    A: At the Sun Bowl when I had lunch with the army troops
    Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
    A: Being the only back in the last five years to run, catch and throw a touchdown.
    Q: The best book I have ever read is:
    A: The Bible
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
    A: My family
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
    A: My brother Glen Roberson
    Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
    A: To just be quiet and be to myself
    Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
    A: The Simpsons Movie
    Q: My favorite food is:
    A: Any Mexican food
    Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
    A: Playing in front of a home crowd
    Q: Best thing about Northwestern is:
    A: It is a prestigious school
    Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
    A: A kick return for touchdown
    Q: My favorite television show is:
    A: 106 & Park
    Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
    A: Working in real estate or making music
    Q: The three words that best describe me:
    A: Caring, driven and strong
    

    Roberson's Career Statistics

    RUSHING                G   Att    Yds  TD  Lg Avg/C Avg/G
    2004................  11     2     15   0  10   7.5   1.4
    2005................  10    37    171   0  33   4.6  17.1
    2006................   5     3     28   1  15   9.3   5.6
    2007................  12    76    348   4  76   4.6  29.0
    TOTAL...............  38   118    562   5  76   4.8  14.8
    

    PASSING G Att- Cmp- Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic 2004................ 11 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2005................ 10 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2006................ 5 1- 1- 0 18 1 18 100.0 18.0 3.6 581.2 2007................ 12 1- 1- 0 15 1 15 100.0 15.0 1.2 556.0 TOTAL............... 38 2- 2- 0 33 2 18 100.0 16.5 0.9 568.6

    TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2004................ 11 15 0 15 1.4 2005................ 10 171 0 171 17.1 2006................ 5 28 18 46 9.2 2007................ 12 348 15 363 30.2 TOTAL............... 38 562 33 595 15.7

    RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2004................ 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2005................ 10 8 65 1 19 0.8 8.1 6.5 2006................ 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 12 9 99 0 47 0.8 11.0 8.2 TOTAL............... 38 17 164 1 47 0.4 9.6 4.3

    TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2004................ 11 3 2 5 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2005................ 10 1 1 2 0.0-0 0 1 0 0 2006................ 5 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2007................ 12 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 38 4 3 7 0.0-0 0 1 0 0

    KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2004................ 11 3 38 0 21 12.7 3.5 2005................ 10 8 144 0 26 18.0 14.4 2006................ 5 2 27 0 16 13.5 5.4 2007................ 12 5 108 0 27 21.6 9.0 TOTAL............... 38 18 317 0 27 17.6 8.3

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2004................ 11 15 0 0 38 0 53 4.8 2005................ 10 171 65 0 144 0 380 38.0 2006................ 5 28 0 0 27 0 55 11.0 2007................ 12 348 99 0 108 0 555 46.2 TOTAL............... 38 562 164 0 317 0 1043 27.4

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2004................ 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2005................ 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.6 2006................ 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1.2 2007................ 12 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 24 2.0 TOTAL............... 38 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 36 0.9