Ell Roberson III
|Date of birth:||August 13, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Baytown, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Ell Roberson III (born August 13, 1980) is a former quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats from 1999 to 2003. During his senior year, he was 6'1" tall and weighed 209 pounds. He was the starting quarterback at K-State from 2001 to 2003, before starting a career in the Canadian Football League.
Roberson was a top recruit of Kansas State and Bill Snyder, who was an advocate of fast, mobile quarterbacks. He is in the K-State record books, such as # 4 on the single season quarterback rating of 143.2 in 2003 and he is also # 6 with a rating of 136.5 in 2002. He also holds the school record for touchdown passes in a season with 24 in 2003.
2003 Big 12 Championship game
Roberson was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game, completing 10 of 17 passes with no interceptions and four touchdown passes, which accounted for all Kansas State offensive scores in the game. He also rushed 17 times for 62 yards.
2004 Fiesta Bowl controversy
In the early morning hours of New Year's Day, 2004, police were called to the Kansas State team hotel in Paradise Valley, Arizona, by a woman who accused Roberson of sexually assaulting her. Roberson and the rest of the Kansas State team were in town to play Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Police did not arrest Roberson, and later determined that no crime had been committed and no charges should be filed, but an investigation by the Kansas State athletic department concluded that Roberson and several other players had violated unspecified team rules. As a result, Roberson was stripped of his scholarship by head coach Bill Snyder. Snyder determined this after the bowl game.
More recently, Roberson played quarterback in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, where he was the third-string quarterback, until 2006, when he was changed to wide receiver. In 2005, his rookie season in the CFL, Roberson tore his rotator cuff and was out for the season. He was released from the team in 2006.
Roberson is now a Safety Process Engineer for Sercel, Inc. in Texas.
- ESPN - Ell Roberson Stats, News, Photos - Kansas State Wildcats - NCAA College Football
- Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site
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