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Athlete Spotlight

Posted: September 5, 2012 - 12:13am
Photo by Jim Blaylock  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock

Augusta Christian quarterback Tyler Roberson said he has a few Division II and Football Championship Subdivision schools looking at him, but if he continues playing like he did in the Lions’ season opener, those options might increase.

Against Wilson Hall, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior quarterback rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns while throwing for 176 yards and another score. Although Roberson was in control of the team’s option attack, he gave credit to running back Thomas Banks for his success.

“Coming into the year, he was named the SCISA preseason player of the year and everyone’s got their eye on him,” said Roberson. “No one was really expecting me to do that, so Thomas made that happen, basically.”

Head coach Keith Walton has seen him grow up with the program and thinks his accumulated playing time is the key to his success.

“You’ve done it now, going on your fourth year,” said Walton of Roberson. “You’ve seen a lot. You’ve seen a lot of defenses, a lot of blitzes. You’ve taken a lot of hits. Just experience and maturity.”

Listening to Roberson, you hear passion for the game that he has played in Columbia County since he was 9 years old.

“It’s those Friday nights when they turn on those lights and you have everyone out there,” Roberson said. “It’s the little things. I just love the feeling of the ball coming off my fingertips. I love just being out there with everybody on the field – the family – the feeling you have with your teammates.”

While he handles the stress of being a starting high school quarterback, it’s not necessarily a position he would want his 10-year-old brother Sam to play. It makes him happy that Sam is a linebacker/fullback who will be playing for longtime county coach Burt Rayburn – who he played for growing up – in Pop Warner and Columbia Area Youth Football Association (CAYFA) leagues.

“It’s just the pressure of it and what’s expected of you,” Roberson said. “There’s a lot of love, there’s a lot of hate. And so I’d rather him get a position that doesn’t have as much focus on it. He can just play.”

His reason for wanting to play college football isn’t advancement to the professional ranks. Although he would take the opportunity if it presented itself, he instead sees it as the first step toward a career.

“Maybe business management or sports management and then possibly getting into (football) coaching later on,” Roberson said of his path. “That’s the reason I want to play in college, so you can graduate and become a graduate assistant and then work your way to the top from there.”

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