Coming out of Concord High School, Avery Roberts drew high praise, and he’s living up to that now.
Roberts was listed as the No. 6 inside linebacker nationally by 247Sports and at 13 by ESPN. Rivals.com listed him as the No. 8 outside linebacker and No. 83 overall nationally.
As a red-shirt junior at Oregon State this year, Roberts this season led the Pac-12 through the regular season with 69 tackles, including 39 solo. He finished with three tackles for a loss and half a sack. He posted four consecutive games of 10 or more tackles, including a 21-tackle performance at Utah that is tied for the most by an FBS player this season. His performance this season would earn him a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team.
In his high school career, he compiled 423 career tackles at Concord High School including 24 sacks, three interceptions and a pair of defensive touchdowns. Roberts was a four-time all-conference selection, a three-time first-team All-Delaware honoree and a USA Today All-Delaware pick.
He was also named The 2016 Delaware Defensive Player of the Year.
Roberts was being recruited by numerous Division I schools such as West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland and Boston College before committing to play football for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.
In his freshman year, Roberts played in all 12 games as a true freshman, adding depth at linebacker while playing a key role on special teams. He even earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in his first semester.
Roberts would become Nebraska’s first-ever football letter winner from the state of Delaware. After his freshman season, he transferred to Oregon State to play football in the PAC 12.
Due to NCAA transfer rules Avery had to sit out the 2018 season.
In 2019 as a redshirt sophomore Roberts would make a huge contribution to the Beavers defense. He played in 11 games, making 10 starts and led the Beavers with 83 tackles, including 51 solo. He also added 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks with four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
He would post a season-best 12 tackles in the win at California, 11 tackles against Washington and 10 against Washington State.
By NCAA rules Avery is eligible for the NFL draft. He also has one more year of eligibility to play college football if he decides to go back to play his senior year.
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