University of Florida Gators
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
When 2013 fall camp opened, the Gators' coaching staff was trying to figure out how to get their three top cornerbacks on the field at the same time, but injuries and suspensions hit the Florida roster hard last season, as they stumbled to an uncharacteristic 4-8 record. Roberson (pronounced ROW-burr-son) is regarded as one "tough hombre," but even they redshirt junior has to spend considerable time in the trainer's room with left knee and ankle issues that limited him to seven games and just four starting assignments.
In three seasons at the school, Robinson managed to start 18 games, coming up with just 56 tackles (46 solos), but he registered 17 pass deflections with three interceptions. With his sure hands and blazing speed he was becoming comfortable returning punts before the injuries sidelined him, closing out with a 13.13-yard average on 16 runbacks as a Gator.
Roberson attended Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School, one of the best "feeding grounds" for colleges in the Southeastern Conference to restock their rosters from. He was rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
As a senior, Roberson helped lead the team to a 15-0 record, the Class 5A state championship and a third-place national ranking in the USA Today Super 25. He accepted a scholar-ship from Florida over offers from Auburn, Texas Tech and Southern California, but red-shirted during his first season as a Gator.
Roberson emerged from 2011 fall camp as Florida's starting right cornerback, playing in the first 10 games before being sidelined for the rest of the schedule with a neck injury suffered in the South Carolina clash. He finished his debut season with 22 tackles, two pass deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery.
With Jaylen Watkins, Matt Elam, Josh Evans and Louchez Purifoy handling most of the starting duties in the secondary, Roberson saw most of his 2012 season action in the nickel and dime packages. He would eventually earn three starting assignments at left cornerback and another on the left side while appearing in 13 games.
Roberson recorded the only sack for his career, adding 23 tackles (18 solos), leading the Gators with 12 pass deflections, four more than any other defender on the team. He also had a pair of interceptions and in brief action as a punt returner, he totaled 81 yards on two runbacks.
With Watkins and Purifoy both returning for the 2013 campaign, Roberson expected that he would again fill in where needed. He was limited to seven games, earning two starts at left cornerback and another two on the right side, but while sidelined by an ankle injury in late November, he was suspended for a team rules violation, missing the South Carolina clash. He would be the seventh starter to be suspended during the course of the season. He returned for limited duty in the season finale vs. Florida State, finishing with 11 solo tackles while averaging 9.21 yards on 14 punt returns.
Shortly after the season, Roberson informed the coaching staff he was leaving school and had applied for the 2014 NFL Draft. "Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Florida head coach Will Muschamp said. "Marcus was part of our first recruiting class and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays, and like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree."
"I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me get to this point in my career," Roberson said. "It's been a great experience here and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level."
Roberson started 18 of the 30 games that he played in for Florida – 13 at right cornerback and five on the left side…Finished with 56 tackles (46 solos) that included a 9-yard sack, 1.5 stops-for-loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Deflected 17 passes and intercepted three others for 31 yards in returns…Gained 16 yards on a kickoff return and 210 yards on 16 punt returns, averaging 13.13 yards…His 12 pass break-ups in 2012 tied Joe Haden for sixth on the school season-record list.