When Arkansas tailback commit Donovan Roberts of Norman (OK) High heard of the season-ending injury to current Razorback tailback Knile Davis, he felt bad for his new friend.
"We were having a 6 a.m. practice and my coach told me about it," Roberts said of the Davis injury. "We have become good friends and I felt so bad for him. In fact, I was devastated. You don't want that to happen to anybody, especially a great guy like him.
"But at the same time, I've been thinking lately about how nice it is going to be to have him around to mentor me," Roberts added knowing that Davis might have leaped to the NFL with another big season. "I don't think there is a better guy to do that."
It was Davis that put the final touches on Roberts' decision to choose Arkansas over Michigan, Pittsburgh, Indiana and others.
"I had pretty much already decided to be a Razorback, but getting to know Knile and him being straight with me about how things work over there put me over the top," Roberts said. "I'm looking forward to being with him there next season and letting him teach me how to be a major college running back."
Roberts (6-0, 195) and his team have begun the season on a high note with a 2-0 start in which he has rushed for over 360 yards and 5 touchdowns.
He had 26 carries for 180 yards in a season-opening 28-21 victory over Norman North.
Roberts added 185 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns (65, 7 and 2) last Thursday night in 42-14 whipping of Moore.
"We are 2-0 and doing pretty good, but we need to clean up some stuff this week in practice because we are facing a very good team (Del City) this weekend," Roberts said. "We are not satisfied with making any mistakes and are trying to go out and play a perfect game each time out."
Roberts was a workhorse last season with a whopping 308 carries for 2,002 yards and 32 touchdowns in 11 games.
"I feel like I am running the ball pretty good," Roberts said. "I had about a buck eighty five or 15 carries this week, but our starters didn't play but about a half," Roberts said. "I am getting great blocking and seeing the field pretty good."
He's had a chance to watch portions of each of Arkansas' first two games.
"I've got some of both of their games now and they look like they are doing pretty good," Roberts said. "I was flipping back and forth between Arkansas' game and some others last night and saw them making some big plays and handling things pretty easily."
There has been some concern that Arkansas might have to fight off Oklahoma if the Sooners decided to offer Roberts late, but he says not to worry.
"My word is my bond," Roberts told ESPN last month. "…I'm done. Other schools are still talking to me, but I'm not looking to go anywhere else. I don't care if any other school were to offer me because I want to be a Hog."
Roberts plans on being in Fayetteville for a few games this season.
"I'm planning on being over there for a few games, including the one coming up with Auburn," Roberts said. "I think we both are going to have great seasons."
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