Orange native, Roberts garners AP All-America Honors
Lamar receiver Mark Roberts has been named third-team All-America announced the Associated Press Wednesday evening. It is the first All-America honor of Roberts’ career.
One of the nation’s top big-play threats, Roberts became one of the elite receivers as a senior. A preseason CFPA Receiver of the Year candidate, the former Houston transfer lived up to the preseason hype in 2014. Roberts became the first receiver in program history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He finished the year with 46 catches for 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Midway through the season, Roberts recorded a game that Cardinals’ fans won’t soon forget. He entered the game against Houston Baptist needing four touchdown catches to become the school’s all-time leader. By game’s end, Roberts hauled in five passes for 205 yards and four scores to set the record. Making those numbers even more impressive is the fact that Roberts didn’t play a snap in the second half against the Huskies.
“This honor is well deserved for Mark,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “He came in here and did everything we asked him to do. Mark had a very special year and he really helped place Lamar football on the map. From the time Mark arrived on campus until now, he has matured both as a player and a man. He is obviously a great player, but an even better leader and teammate.”
Roberts ended the season ranked among the nation’s leaders in several categories. He lead the conference and finished 11th in the nation in receiving yards, and was tied for seventh in touchdown catches. Roberts wrapped his two-year career at Lamar with 79 receptions for 1,795 yards and 21 touchdowns.