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Grant Roberts
Player Profile:
Grant Roberts 1742656
Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 285
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
High School: Concord
Major: Sport Management
Experience: 3 Letters

Fifth-year senior and a key member of Delaware's defensive line • worked his way into the mix on the defensive front after walking-on at Delaware • three-year letterwinner who has played in 34 career games with two starts and contributed 48 tackles (27 solo), five sacks (27 yards), and six tackles for loss (26 yards) • projected to be top backup behind two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and All-American candidate Bilal Nichols at tackle in Delaware's new 3-4 alignment • 
effective run stopper • added nearly 50 lbs. to his frame since arriving at Delaware • one of 23 Delaware natives and 20 seniors on the roster.

Key member of Delaware's defensive line unit • helped squad rank No. 6 in the CAA in total defense (349.7 yards allowed per game) • played in all 11 games and started contests vs. Lafayette and Wake Forest • made first career start at Lafayette • recorded 13 tackles on the year with seven of them solo stops • added two tackles for loss and blocked two kicks • had season-high three tackles each vs. 2016 NCAA playoff participants James Madison, Richmond, and Villanova • blocked field goal attempts vs. James Madison and Villanova • recorded two tackles in Blue-White Spring Game in May.

Continued to play a key backup role on the Delaware defensive front as a sophomore • saw action in all 11 games and recorded 18 tackles (10 solo stops) • had one sack and ranked fourth on the team with four tackles for loss (13 yards) • also broke up a pass • had a career-high five tackles against James Madison and added three stops vs. Villanova • picked up a sack for eight yards in game at Villanova and was in on two tackles for loss against both Lafayette and Villanova • broke up a pass against New Hampshire • led a unit that ranked No. 5 in the CAA and 24th in the NCAA in total defense (329.2) and was No. 3 in both rushing defense (123.5/17th in NCAA) and scoring defense (20.5/22nd in NCAA) • had three tackles in Blue-White spring game • selected by coaching staff to carry out the Delaware state flag in game vs. North Carolina. 

One of the team's biggest surprises as a redshirt freshman • turned heads in spring drills and pre-season and worked his way into the defensive line mix  • saw action in all 12 games in a backup role at tackle • recorded 17 tackles with 10 solo stops and added one sack (14 yards) and three tackles for loss (15 yards) to go with a fumble recovery • posted a career-high three tackles each vs. Pitt (collegiate debut), Sacred Heart, Elon, and Villanova • had a sack vs. Elon, recovered a fumble vs. Sacred Heart, and had two tackles for loss vs. Elon and half-tackles for loss against Sacred Heart and Rhode Island • had two tackles (one for loss) in Blue-White Spring Game • selected by coaching staff to carry out the Delaware state flag in game vs. Villanova.

Did not see action as a backup linebacker and retained freshman eligibility.

Standout at nearby Concord High School for head coach George Kosanovich • began high school career at Brandywine High School as a freshman before transfer to Concord • three-year starter at Concord where he played defensive end, linebacker, and fullback • led team to three-year mark of 22-11, including a 10-3 mark in 2010 as a sophomore • earned All-State honors at fullback as a senior • earned all-conference honors as a freshman at Brandywine and all-conference laurels as a linebacker and fullback as a junior at Concord • served as student council treasurer.

Grant Charles Roberts • born June 8, 1995 • sport management major at Delaware • would like to work in the sports field after graduation with dream of becoming a general manager • served internship in Delaware athletics communications office during summer, 2017 • enjoys playing video games and all sports in his spare time • son of Charles and Germaine Roberts • oldest of three children • two younger brothers are also standout high school players at nearby Concord High School • brother, Avery, was the state Athlete of the Year in 2016-17 and will play linebacker at NCAA FBS Nebraska in 2017 • brother, Graham, will be among top high school players in Delaware in 2017 • uncle, Keenan Dorsey, played college football at NCAA Division III power Wesley (Del.) College.


Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
2016 11/2 13 (7) 0-0 / 2-3 0/0 0/0
2015 11/0 18 (10) 4-13 / 1-8 0/0 0/1
2014 12/0 17 (10)
1-14 / 3-15
1/0 0/0
TOTALS 34/2 48 (27)
5-27 / 6-26

Tackles: 5 vs. James Madison, 2015
Tackles for Loss: 2 vs. Villanova, 2015

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