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Ell Roberson
No. 11     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-08-13) August 13, 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth: Baytown, Texas
Career information
College: Kansas State
Undrafted in 2005
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Montreal Alouettes (2004–2006)
Career highlights and awards
* Big 12 Championship Game MVP (2003)
Stats at

Ell Roberson III (born August 13, 1980) is a former American football quarterback. Roberson played in college at Kansas State University and had brief career with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. He was the starting quarterback at K-State from 2001 to 2003, before starting a career in the Canadian Football League.[1]

College career

Roberson was a top recruit of Kansas State and Bill Snyder, who was an advocate of fast, mobile quarterbacks. He is in the Kansas State record books for several achievements, including ranking fourth on the single season quarterback rating of 143.2 in 2003 and he is also sixth with a rating of 136.5 in 2002. He also holds the school record for touchdown passes in a season, with 24 in 2003.


In 2000 Roberson played sparingly, taking over at one point for a poorly performing Jonathan Beasley.[2]


In 2001, Roberson split time with Marc Dunn, the Wildcats finished with a 6-6 record.


On September 21, 2002, Roberson came off the bench and had 204 total yards and 4 touchdowns as #25 Kansas State upset #11 USC 27-20.[3] Roberson, who coach Snyder had told the media he'd grade " somewhere between average and C-minus", was named the starter after the game.[3]

Roberson lead the Wildcats to a successful season, winning the 2002 Holiday Bowl against Arizona State and finishing #6 in the polls.[4][5]


In 2003, the Wildcats entered the season ranked #7 in the top 25, in part due to the strong play by Roberson and running back Darren Sproles.[6][7]

During the third game of the season against McNeese State, Roberson suffered a hand injury and missed a month of playing time.[8][6] Kansas State was upset by Marshall during one of the games Roberson missed, and Roberson's injury held back his performance once he returned, leading to three consecutive losses and Kansas State dropping out of the top 25 entirely.[6] However, they recovered and won 6 games in a row and earned a berth to the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game against #1 Oklahoma.[9] The Wildcats won 35-7,[10] Roberson was named the Most Valuable Player of the 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.[11] The win earned the Wildcats a berth in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.

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.[12] 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,[13] but an investigation by the Kansas State athletic department concluded that Roberson and several other players had violated unspecified team rules.[14]> As a result, Roberson was stripped of his scholarship by head coach Bill Snyder.[15] Snyder decided this after the bowl game, which the Wildcats lost 35-28.[16][17]

Canadian football

Roberson went undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, and was not signed to an NFL team afterwards.[18]

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.[19]

External links


  1. "Ell Roberson". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  2. " - As Dorsey goes, so goes the season". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haskin, Kevin. "Trip in Time: 15 years ago, Ell Roberson engineers K-State past USC". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  4. "Kansas State vs. Arizona State - Game Summary - December 27, 2002 - ESPN". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  5. "2002 Final Football Polls - College Poll Archive - Historical College Football and Basketball Polls and Rankings". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 " - What if... Ell Roberson wasn't injured in 2003?". 28 May 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  7. "7 Kansas State The Wildcats are counting on a wiser Ell Roberson to lead them to their first Big 12 title--and maybe more". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. "ELL ROBERSON OUT". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  9. "Remember When Darren Sproles And Kansas State Smashed Oklahoma In The 2003 Big 12 Championship?". 18 September 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  10. "Kansas State Earns Big 12 Championship With 35-7 Win". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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  13. " - Prosecutors won't press charges against Roberson". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  14. "No charge against Kansas State star, but scholarship lost". 9 January 2004. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  15. "Roberson sorry". 9 January 2004. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  16. "Kansas State vs. Ohio State - Game Summary - January 2, 2004 - ESPN". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  17. "Snyder fumbles in star vs. rules". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  18. "Getting drafted a tall order for short QB Vernon Adams". 23 April 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  19. Bittersweet 16: Alouettes make cuts Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.