When we last checked in with Smithfield (VA) star Dyrell Roberts , he had just finished announcing his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. Over two months later, the 6-2, 190-pound standout is six games into his senior season and remains very excited about the decision he made prior to the beginning of his senior season.
“I’m very happy with my decision,” Roberts said. “I’m glad I made it when I did. That’s what I wanted to do. Hopefully, I can get up there and make a difference over the next four or five years.”
Roberts certainly has been a signficant contributor for Smithfield, which is 3-3 on the season. The starting running back for head coach Chris Fraser, Roberts believes the team can still accomplish its goal of making the playoffs with a strong finish to the season.
“This is not the season we were looking forward to having and I don’t know how we’ll end up, but the way our division is going we still have a chance to make the playoffs,” Roberts said. “We are 3-3. We are pretty high in the power points. If we win out, we should be able to get in the top four.
“I just tell the guys to hang in there. If we get these last games over with, hopefully we can win a spot in the playoffs. I just try to keep them focused.”
Individually, Roberts, who is the definite focal point of the offense this season (he split time at running back last year), estimates that he has rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.
“Everybody has said that I’m playing pretty good,” Roberts said. “I think I’m doing well. Right now, I’m where I want to be. I’m doing a whole lot. I’m playing some quarterback and wide receiver in addition to running back. I think I have like 300 yards receiving, so I’m doing other things besides running.”
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