Auburn, Ala.--Auburn junior defensive back Stephen Roberts was arrested late Wednesday night for charges of possession of a firearm without a license and attempting to elude an officer. Released later that night, Roberts is charged with two Class A misdemeanors in Alabama.
"Coach Gus Malzahn is aware of the situation," an Auburn spokesman confirmed to Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He is still in the process of gathering all the facts and will handle things appropriately."
Roberts is expected to be one of the keys in the secondary for the Auburn defense after coming on strong at the end of the 2015 season. Starting the final four games last year, the Opelika native has been one of the bright spots of preseason practice for the Tigers. Finishing with 26 tackles a season ago with 21 coming in those final four games, Roberts also broke up three passes on the year.
With the lack of depth at cornerback Roberts has also been getting some work at that position this preseason in case he's needed, something that could become a big problem if he misses any game time.
Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has said that Tray Matthews, Nick Ruffin and Josh Holsey were all in the mix at safety along with Roberts and while that position would seem to be in good hands, this could put even more pressure on true freshman John Broussard to step up at cornerback. With Auburn facing one of the top offensive teams in the country in Clemson to open the year that's far from ideal.