The Port Arthur News
Former Port Arthur Memorial linebacker Elandon Roberts had a stellar freshman season at Morgan State, but will be playing closer to home next season. Roberts will be transferring to the University of Houston for the spring semester.
Roberts had 107 tackles last season for the Morgan State Bears, leading the team and finishing second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in tackles. He also had nine tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, two pass breakups and two quarterback hits.
That season earned him a couple of postseason honors. Roberts was named to the all-MEAC second team and finished 11th in the Jerry Rice Award voting. The Rice Award, in its second year, is given to the outstanding FCS freshman in the nation. Roberts got one first place vote while Villanova redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson won the award.
UH will see two of its starters at linebacker graduate this year. Middle linebacker Everett Daniels started 10 career games while strongside linebacker Phillips Steward started 46 career games. Backup MLB Efrem Oliphant, who will be a junior next season, has three career starts and had 11 tackles in 11 games last season.
The Cougars only have one linebacker in their current recruiting crop of 19 players and signed four linebackers in the 2012 class. None of the four linebackers from last year’s class recorded a tackle this season.
Roberts will join John Leday on the Cougars team next season. Leday, a senior wideout for the Titans, committed to UH earlier this week. The Cougars are also in the running to sign Memorial defensive tackle Matthew Romar, who has offers from seven other schools, including Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Utah.