Recipients maintain cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better
Marshall 52, Northern Illinois 23
Marshall 26, LA Tech 23
Marshall 23, UAB 18
Marshall 41, Rice 14
Snubbed by postseason senior all-star games and a spot at the 2015 NFL Combine, Roberts opened eyes and enhanced NFL prospects with an impressive performance at Marshall’s Pro Day (March 11) … At his Pro Day workout, Roberts posted a 4.36 and a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical leap, an 11-1 broad jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times – topping all cornerbacks who were invited to the NFL Combine – and had a 4.08 short shuttle and a 6.66 three-cone drill … All-Conference USA first team cornerback in senior season, helping the Herd (13-1) to a Conference USA title, Boca Raton Bowl win and Nos. 22/23 national ranking in final polls … Made 42 career starts, No. 2 among cornerbacks in Herd history … Prospered under tutelage last two seasons by Marshall veteran defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chuck Heater … Finished career with 185 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 38 passes defended, including five interceptions … Was voted season (and bowl) co-captain by Herd teammates for 2014. R-SENIOR SEASON (2014): All-Conference USA first team corner as voted by league coaches … Started all 14 games for C-USA title team and Boca Raton Bowl champion (13-1), as Herd finished Nos. 22/23 in in final national polls … Ranked among top 10 in FBS in passes defended (18) despite fact that most Herd foes didn’t throw his way … Made one interception (at Old Dominion) … Ranked fifth on team with 75 tackles (46 solos), including 3.5 for loss; had one forced fumble … Had career-high 11 tackles in two games (Ohio, Western Kentucky) … Won the Herd’s annual Tom Stark Award, presented to a defensive player who gives his all on and off the field … In summer of 2014, set Herd all-time record for cornerbacks and safeties in conditioning with 22 in pro bench testing (225-pound repetitions). Did a combined 1,050 pounds in three lifting disciplines (bench, squat, power clean), and his 10-5 broad jump and 36-inch vertical jump ranked No. 2 on team.
R-JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Started 13 of 14 games (missed C-USA title game at Rice with injury) as key performer on nation’s most improved scoring defense (a 20.2-point improvement from 2012) … All-Conference USA Honorable Mention selection by league coaches … Ranked sixth on team with 58 tackles (41 solos), including a season-high seven against Southern Miss … Blocked a PAT (at Tulsa) … Made two interceptions (Middle Tennessee, FIU).
R-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Redshirted while rehabbing from offseason broken right ankle and subsequent surgery.
R-FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in all 13 games at corner for the Herd ... Had 37 tackles (25 solo, 12 assists) with two tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and seven pass breakups ... The interception came on the last play of the thrilling overtime win against East Carolina...Had three pass breakups at Memphis ... Blocked a punt against UAB ... Posted a season-high six stops against West Virginia.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Arrived at Marshall in Coach Doc Holliday’s first recruiting class as 5-foot-11, 154-pounder from Lakeland High School … Played in all 13 games for Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl-winning team … Posted 16 tackles (10 solo, six assists), one interception and two pass breakups ... Had five tackles against Bowling Green with an interception and two pass breakups.
HERD FILE: Born Nov. 26, 1990 … Full name is Darryl Keith Roberts … Nickname is “Swagg” … Received MU undergraduate degree in August 2014 (sports management) … Credited with 59 tackles, 44 solo and two interceptions as a Lakeland High senior and had 96 tackles, five interceptions, 20 pass break-ups and blocked a field goal in his prep career ... Earned second-team all-county honors and Lakeland's best defensive back award as a senior ... Also recruited by Purdue, Texas Tech, Temple, Kansas State and North Carolina.