Roberts enrolled at Rutgers in January of 2015 and after a coaching change, a true freshman start against Army and more than 20 pounds of muscle added, he is a favorite to start for coach Chris Ash this season.
"This was different because you have to take a different approach," Roberts said. "I'm studying a little bit more film, getting extra lifts in and just doing the extra. We're just doing extra."
Roberts backed up NFL-bound Steve Longa at weakside linebacker last season. he started against Army, and remains at the position under Ash. Weakside linebacker, however, is a different role in Ash's scheme and Roberts is prepared for more time in the tackle box.
"Outside, inside it doesn't matter -- whatever [defensive coordinator Jay Niemann] asks of me," Roberts said. "Whether he likes me in the box, then that's what I'll do for him. ... We look good. Guys are coming out here competing, getting extra work in."