Former Serra HS running back Malik Roberson has been very active this fall camp. He reportedly ran for 44 yards on 5 carries in the Spartans’ first scrimmage and had 27 yards and a touchdown on six carries in San Jose State’s open scrimmage last Saturday.
The Spartans have plenty of running back options returning this year including Tyler Ervin, Thomas Tucker, Brandon Monroe and Jarrod Lawson, but the Spartans aren’t hesitant to spread the wealth. Ervin became the go-to guy by the fifth game last season and he still only handled 35 percent of the total carries last season (quarterback numbers included).
It appears Roberson has gotten a steady amount of carries this fall camp and even if he isn’t the number one, two or three running back on the depth chart, he could avoid a redshirt this season and carry the rock on occasion.
That should come as huge news to Spartans fans. The big question on Roberson was his health: Was he healthy, would he return to form? The three-star running back had racked up offers from the likes of UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State and Boston College as he fought through an ACL tear that sidelined him from his junior season.
He ultimately decided on San Jose State and health doesn’t seem to have been a valid reason to steer away Pac-12 offers now.
Roberson reported to fall camp at 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds. The size doesn’t seem to limit his ability and he has put on enough muscle to take on FBS-level hits throughout a season.Although the Spartans signed a large recruiting class, they also returned a lot of contributors from last year’s season. Roberson could be one of the few to make an impact on this year’s team. The Spartans will be in good shape if many from the 2015 class have the luxury to redshirt.
Prediction: Roberson avoids a redshirt in 2015 and sees a few carries per game. The Spartans send out a lot of different looks and packages and you can expect Roberson to be involved in a few of them this season.