Last week the Red Raiders won a thriller with a last second field goal over Blue Ridge 26-24. Matthew Roberts however didn't get a chance to help lead his team down the field during that game winning drive. The 2009 standout suffered a concussion after a hard sack by a Blue Ridge defender. SCPrepNation.com was there and witnessed the play in which Roberts was hurt. "Yeah I was knocked unconscious for like 2 seconds. I received a concussion." Given the serious nature of his injury we asked him what his status was for this week's battle versus Union County. "I'm not going to be able to play this week against Union County but if we win I'll be able to play next week."
Roberts is confident in his successor QB Brooks Lewis. "Brooks is a senior and he's more than capable of running our offense very well. He's a better runner than I am and I think we will be fine with him back there. He made a big play on third down against Blue Ridge rushing for a first down late to keep us in position to win."
While Matt Lentz is now at Kentucky some still wondered at the beginning of the season how the transition from a senior Shrine Bowl selection to Roberts would be for the Red Raiders. Roberts though had this to say about his turn as the leader of the Red Raiders offense, "It was pretty exciting. I didn't really want to have too much pressure on myself. I didn't want to be like Matt. I really just wanted to be myself. He had a lot of athletic ability. I just try to get the ball in my playmakers' hands and let them run with it."
So far that strategy has paid big dividends for Roberts as he currently leads the Upstate in passing with 178-338 for 2788 yards and 24 touchdowns. What many people don't realize is that Greenville has used standout WR Chris Wallace at QB quite a bit this year as well so Roberts' numbers could be even gaudier but the 2009 prospect is all about doing whatever it takes to help the team win.
When asked about his best game thus far he quickly responded, "It was probably versus Gaffney. I threw for 290 yards and a touchdown. They had the best defense we've faced this year."
We had our own evaluations of Matt's abilities on the field but we asked him to tell us what he felt were his strengths. "I use my mind checking the defense at the line of scrimmage and putting us in good position. I have pretty good arm strength and accuracy. I try to stay in the pocket making good decisions and throws." We couldn't have said it better ourselves except that we'll add that the youngster has pretty good accuracy when forced to roll out of the pocket. Like most prospects Roberts will spend the offseason trying to get bigger and faster by spending time in the weight room.
"I want to be able to utilize better speed to get out of the pocket better."
Roberts is hearing from a number of schools currently he says. "I'm hearing from some local schools like Wofford, Presbyterian, Coastal Carolina." It's Roberts other sport where he's hearing from some heavy hitters...his abilities on the diamond as a standout shortstop.
Roberts recently made a visit down to Clinton, SC to take in a Presbyterian game and he liked what he saw there. "I took a visit two weeks ago to Presbyterian. I like them a lot. It was a good atmosphere. I'm taking a visit to Virginia for baseball in the spring too."
Whether it be for football or baseball the 2009 prospect knows what he's looking for in a college already. "Just a good environment. A good family environment…somewhere I'll feel really comfortable with the coaching staff. Somewhere that has a good winning tradition where the fans will be very involved and in o the program."